Guanaja, Honduras, Latin America – Cabanas on Clark’s Cay

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Cabanas on Clark’s Cay

Guanaja, Honduras

 

Make your next vacation an absolute stunner where you and your companions can experience a private island getaway. Just imagine – your very own island to relax, enjoy and dive on some of the Caribbean’s most virgin reefs.

Clark’s Cay is a 4-acre All-Inclusive island oasis on the south side of Guanaja that offers incredible seascapes throughout. Originally held as a private island, the resort reopened to the public in 2018 following a substantial renovation. This included the installation of an open-air restaurant and bar, an infinity pool and spa along with a meandering lazy river to watch the sunset.

The island accommodates of up to 20 guests in 7 Standard Rooms, 1 One-Bedroom and 1 Two-Bedroom Suite. All are air conditioned with wrap-around porches to enjoy the sea breeze.

Guanaja’s fringing reef is a protected marine reserve making it an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkeling nearly anywhere offshore the mainland. Part of a volcanic and coral mountain range called The Bonacca Ridge, Guanaja marks the beginning of the second largest barrier reef in the world – the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. It offers a mixture of pinnacles, vertical walls, lava tunnels, and wrecks including the nearby Jado Trader, one of the most sought-after wrecks in the Caribbean. It also boasts nearly every species of coral growing in the Caribbean Sea, including several species of rare black coral, and sponges of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Concierge dive services enable guests to fully enjoy the splendor of Guanaja’s coral reef system featuring dives on pinnacles, walls, and the wreck of the Jado Trader. Clark’s warm and welcoming staff members are committed to going above and beyond. They make sure every guest leaves feeling like they have had the vacation of a lifetime.

Cabañas on Clark’s Cay is dedicated to responsible social and environmental business practices that include water conservation, energy reduction, proper waste disposal, use of mooring buoys and respect for local cultures, laws and regulations. In their continuing effort to make a difference, especially to the ocean environment, they are an active Conservation Partner with REEF.org. Guests have opportunities to engage in survey dives and lionfish removal. Cabanas on Clark’s Cay and Villa on Dunbar Rock are involved in many other different ocean conservation initiatives and work closely with the government to contribute above and below the water. On March 8, 2016, Guanaja’s first hyperbaric chamber and clinic (Clinica Hiperbarica) opened made possible through a grant from DAN and the generous contributions from the owner of Clark’s Cay/Dunbar Rock and a close associate.

 

The Waterpark

Imagine one island, 20 guests, almost as many staff, and a private waterpark guaranteed to bring the kid out in anyone! Doesn’t that sound like your kind of place?

The Clark’s Cay Team, divers themselves, know their guests enjoy nothing more than being in the water. Any water, all the time. So, in 2017, while renovating the island amenities, it was decided to build a private waterpark for the guests’ enjoyment during their breaks from diving.

The waterpark originally included a spa and an infinity pool with a waterslide entering a lazy river, complete with a tunnel and waterfall.

In 2019, the Team expanded the waterpark “toys” to include some giant inflatable ride-on floats, and just off the sandy beach, a water trampoline. Paddleboards are now available in addition to kayaks. And lest we forget to mention it – the PADI dive operation offers up to three boat dives daily!

The pool was quickly upgraded to include a color-changing light show. The friendly and observant pool bar staff now use the show to time their drink deliveries. If the light is green when you float by the pool bar and call out your order, you’re guaranteed to have a new drink in hand by the next green loop.

No matter when you go, Clark’s warm and welcoming staff are ready to help you truly unwind, reverse the clock, and truly escape it all.  Enjoy a private waterpark that’s guaranteed to bring the kid out in anyone!

Private Island Rental is available – Contact us for details.

 

Photos and video courtesy of Cabanas on Clark’s Cay.

 

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Accommodations

Standard Rooms. 260 Square Feet:

Cabaña Arrecife Room #1 & Room #2 / Cabaña Palmas Room #3 & Room #4

  • 2 twin beds in each room, convertible to a king bed
  • 2 persons per room
  • All rooms have private baths and wrap around decks

Two duplexes with 2 cabañas each, connected to La Casita (the reception & lounging area) by a covered walkway. These units are the closest to the pool and restaurant.

 

Cabaña Playa Room #9

  • 2 twin beds in each room, convertible to a king bed
  • 2 persons per room
  • Private baths and shared deck facing the east coast

This unit is part of a duplex with Cabaña Playa, (a One Bedroom Suite). It is located on the eastern side of the island, furthest from the pool/restaurant area. A great place to watch the sun rise!

 

Cabaña Tortuga Room #7 & Room #8

  • 2 twin beds in each room, convertible to a king bed
  • 2 persons per room
  • All rooms have private baths and wrap around decks

This duplex located directly on the ocean front, facing toward the mainland. It sits adjacent to the boat dock and a small tidal pool.

 

One Bedroom Cabana Suite. 500 Square Feet:

Cabaña Playa Room #10

  • Two twin beds convertible to a king bed in the bedroom
  • 3 persons per room
  • A full size sleeper sofa available in the living area

Cabaña Playa Room #10 is a One Bedroom Suite with a prime oceanfront location and an expansive deck. Facing east, it is the prime location on the island for watching the sunrise. The bedroom has a large walk-in closet and sitting area in addition to the seating available in the living room. The unit occupies the same duplex as Standard Cabaña Room #9.

 

Two bedroom Cabana Suite. 780 Square Feet:

Cabaña Sol

  • Both Room #5 and Room #6 have two twin beds, convertible to a king bed
  • 4 persons per room

Cabaña Sol is a 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom Suite located on a second story above the boat house. This premium unit offers an expansive, private deck overlooking the ocean. This amazing deck is positioned in such as way that it is actually possible to watch the sun rise in the morning and have a front row seat for the sunset as well. Inside is a spacious living area with more than enough room for 4 or 5 people to comfortably enjoy.

 

Food & Beverage

“Foodies” are in for a real treat when staying at Clark’s thanks to the combined efforts of Jenny Izaguirre, Director of Food & Beverage, Chef and her able staff.

The resort serves three hearty meals daily in addition to a happy hour snack in the oceanfront, open-air restaurant, Cantina Rio. Located adjacent to the lazy river and the beach, the casual atmosphere of Cantina Rio lends itself to meals served buffet-style.

Should weather move things indoors, there is plenty of dining space available in the nearby La Casita.

Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a snack provided around the cocktail hour. There will be one or two entrees prepared for each meal, announced on a blackboard in the dining area. If what you see is not for you, just let the staff know and Chef will create an alternative!

Provisioning in a remote location requires a good deal of advanced planning, so the resort asks all of their guests to advise them on food allergies and dietary restrictions prior to their arrival via the guest questionnaire.

Coffee is available in Las Casitas beginning around 6:30 am.

Breakfast is served at Rios Cantina at 7:30. Fresh juice, fresh fruit, eggs and bacon or sausage are always on the menu, and the resort finds that most of their guests want to eat breakfast “local” style with tortillas, beans, Chimol (pico de gallo) and hot pepper sauce.

Cereal and toast are also available for those who arise earlier or who simply want a light breakfast.

Lunch is served whenever the morning dive boats return, the late afternoon snack after the return of the afternoon boat dive, and dinner generally around 6:30 – 7:00 PM.

Beverages and Libations!
As an All-Inclusive resort, there is open bar for the very tasty local beer, house wine, well liquor of vodka, rum, tequila and whiskey, Happy Hour “Drink of the Day”, juice and soft drinks. Top shelf/call liquor and specialty drinks are available for purchase at a surcharge.

 

Clark’s Cay Dive Center

Concierge Dive Services: The friendly and professional staff pride themselves on not just being your guides but your dive concierges, so please plan on leaving the lifting, hauling and packing of all the diving gear to them! The dive team will carefully carry your gear onto the boats, prepare it for the dive, change it over for the second dive, and rinse and store it at the end of the day. Your only assignment while on board is to do a check to make sure you have all your gear before the boats depart, then sit back and enjoy the ride.

This PADI Five Star Dive Resort dive center operates 3 custom dive boats. The 45’ Freedom and 40’ Endeavor each have the capacity for up to 20 divers. Smaller, but of similar design, Nepture carries 12 divers or a group of snorkelers. The boats have wide platforms for giant stride entries and sturdy ladders for exiting the water. They are provisioned with drinking water, fruit for snacking, freshwater showers, towels, camera rinse tanks, dry storage, shaded areas and all required safety equipment.

Boat rides vary from 20 – 30 minutes for dives along the south to up to 45 minutes for dives along the northern coast. Boats generally depart at 8:30 am for the morning 2-tank dive, returning for lunch with the afternoon boat leaving a reasonable time after lunch has concluded. If divers are diving the north shore of Guanaja, they will stay out for a three-tank dive and lunch will be prepared during a break between the second and third dive.

Two tank sizes are available: 63 cu ft and 80 cu ft tanks. Nitrox is also available for an additional rate based on per tank or an unlimited plan.

 

Tours

Bonacca Town Tour
Wandering around the warren of tight streets, walkways and canal bridges in Bonacca makes for a culturally interesting tour. This short 2-hour visit is generally conducted on Tuesday afternoons or whichever day divers skip the afternoon dive in exchange for a night dive.  The tour, which is conducted by the staff, includes a stop at Guanaja’s first Library and Learning Center, one of Clark Cay’s/Dunbar Rock’s first “give back” projects to the community. Staff members and guests have stocked the library with over 10,000 books thus far.

Bo’s Waterfall
At some point during the week, when divers are returning from their dives or simply killing time on a surface interval, they’ll stop at Bo’s Place.  Guests will be able to take some time to explore the surrounding gardens and then take a short hike up to one of Guanaja’s small but extremely picturesque waterfalls.

Sea Angel Tour
Friday afternoons (weather permitting), the resort packs up the bar and staff and head out for an afternoon tour aboard the Sea Angel. They’ll motor their way along Guanaja’s south eastern shore passing small settlements and numerous cays before heading back at sunset.

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