At the healthy reefs off Roatán, expect to find a myriad of colorful reef fish like parrotfish, angelfish, surgeonfish and also large black grouper. Along the reef amongst gorgonian sea fans and other soft and hard corals, look for moray eels, crabs and lobsters. Keep an eye out for resting nurse sharks around the reef or eagle rays passing in the blue. For more pelagic marine life, head out to Cayos Cochinos to see schooling barracuda, trevally and snapper along with Caribbean reef sharks, sea turtles and sometimes stingrays.
At Útila, whale sharks are the main draw during the right season but don’t look past the sea mounts and walls which are teeming with activity. Guanaja is also known for more pelagic marine life and you might find more sharks and sea turtles in this area. Dive sites closer to the island feature critters like nudibranch, crustaceans and seahorses.
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