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The Bay Islands of Honduras are located approximately 40 miles north of the coast of Honduras and consist of three main islands; Utila, Roatan, and Guanaja. Roatan is the largest, measuring 36 miles long and 5 miles wide. The island residents will welcome you with warm Caribbean charm. Over the past 15 years, Roatan has experienced an increase in development that will allow visitors to enjoy paved roads, well stocked super markets, medical facilities, and phone and internet access across the island, yet still enjoying the laid back luxury of one of the Caribbean's best kept secrets.
Turquoise Bay Resort is located on Roatan's northeast shore, and is the only dive resort in this pristine and secluded area, which means you have the opportunity to dive virtually private and beautiful dive sites! The resort is set on a hill, providing panoramic ocean views. Also located on a protected bay, which provides calm water perfect for swimming and kayaking.
The resort offers 26 rooms, each decorated with Caribbean design and comfort. There are 20 rooms set in hillside bungalows nestles amongst the palm trees and tropical gardens. These bungalows offer views of the turquoise water and private white sandy beaches from your own private terrace. Located closer to the dive shop, pool, and beach, guests will find six rooms in the "Central America" building. Each room here is decorated with special items from each Central American country.
Excite your taste buds at Udurau, meaning "fish" in Garifuna, the exceptional restaurant on site. Chefs infuse local flavors of Roatan with international cuisine, bringing something new and exciting for every diner to enjoy. Guests can order from the a la carte menu or enjoy the daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet. Panoramic ocean views provide the perfect backdrop! Just past the restaurant, guests will find the relaxing tropical pool surrounded by a large terrace overlooking the beach. Guests can enjoy the privacy and serenity of the longest private beach in Roatan - just over 500 feet of white sandy beach! You will find palm trees offering shade, a beach bar, lounge chairs, and a volleyball court. A unique feature for this resort is the bay, protected by a mangrove island and the off-shore reef, which allows calm water perfect for swimming and kayaking. Pedal boats and jet skis can also be rented.
Roatan offers a wide variety of land activities for those looking for a few top-side adventures. Gumbalimba Park is an exceptional one-day destination. Explore an animal preserve with monkeys, free-flying exotic birds, turkeys, lizards, iguanas, and other exotic animals. You can also explore botanical gardens with over 200 plant and tree species, numerous waterfalls and fountains, and a unique hanging bridge over the large pond. Another great vantage point to truly see all that Roatan has to offer is in the air - on a zip line! Choose from a number of zip lining tours that will whisk you across the jungle canopy!
Turquoise Bay is the only dive resort located in this remote area of Roatan - which means the dive sites are virtually yours to explore! Subway Watersports is located on site, and they are an elite PADI 5 Star Dive Center. Subway Watersports opened in 2001 and quickly grew to open their located at Turquoise Bay in 2006. Their trained staff is here to help you enjoy valet diving with small groups - no more than 10 divers per boat. Roatan is surrounded by the world's second largest barrier reef that is one of the healthiest in the Caribbean, mostly due to the Roatan Marine Park and the local dive community encouraging conservative diving practices.