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The islands are like tiny jungles, covering outcroppings of an underwater mountain range called the Sierra de Omoa. Find yourself relaxing in the warm trade winds while you sway in a hammock hanging from the beautiful palm trees. Make your way into the turquoise blue waters and experience a part of the world's second largest barrier reef system. Enjoy diving in an abundance of stoney corals, vibrant sponges, a plentitude of colorful fish, wrecks, amazing wall diving and exciting swim-throughs. If you are really lucky, you may even have an encounter with a whale shark or a dolphin!
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Seasons/ Weather/Climate/Water Conditions
The climate is generally pleasant without extremes in temperatures. Lightweight clothing is suitable all year round.
From the Honduras mainland you also catch inexpensive ferries to Roatan or Utila.
Taxis are available at the airport and most resorts, and generally have no meters, so negotiate prior to getting into the car. In the alternative, you may choose to rent a car while in the Bay Islands. When traveling by car in the Bay Islands, you will drive on the right hand side of the road. To rent a car, a valid national or international (English Language) driver's license is needed. If the driver's license is not in the English language, the visitor must carry a translation with the license. Some rental companies also have a minimum driver age of 21.
In Roatan you have four rent-a-car agencies:
Entry and Exit Requirements
A valid passport with at least 6 months past the date of your return is required to enter the country. For more information and any updates on these new regulations visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html.
There is a $39.00 (US) departure tax for the Bay Islands that is paid at time of departure. This amount must be paid in cash!
Travelers checks are not accepted in most establishments throughout the Bay Islands.
The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa and their affiliates. Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) accepting VISA and MasterCard can be found at the airport and in the resorts.
The following taxes are associated to purchases in Roatan:
When visiting Roatan or Utila bring a good insect repellant (DEET or AVON Skin So Soft), as well as clothing to cover arms and legs.
Roatan has several clinics available for your safety; Woods Medical facility is the newest and most modern. There are several decompression chambers throughout the island of Roatan. There are larger medical centers/hospitals available in San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba on the mainland of Honduras.
Shopping in the Bay Island