Roatan, located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja, is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands.
The island was formerly known as Ruatan and Rattan. It is approximately 77 kilometres (48 mi) long, and less than 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) across at its widest point. The island consists of two municipalities: José Santos Guardiola in the east and Roatán, including the Cayos Cochinos, further south in the west.
Roatán is one of the most popular places in Honduras for those looking for that perfect tropical vacation. There are direct flights to Roatán from Italy, Canada, and the United States, and those on holiday from the latter are happy to find that the primary language spoken is English. The island of Roatan is laden with white sandy beaches, and surrounded by coral reefs, which makes it a diving and snorkeling haven.
There are many resorts to cater to your every desire, and plenty of island activities and attractions. Roatán is the perfect location to dip into water sports of all kinds: kayaking, jet skis, banana boat rides … or opt for the quieter activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and snuba. Even those wanting a bit of education thrown into the mix will not be disappointed, with The Institute of Marine Sciences, the Roatán Museum, a butterfly garden, the Carambola Gardens and Marine Reserve to visit.