If you made it to the 2000 aisle at DEMA Show 2017, you may have noticed that Honduras was dominating that area.

With 11 hotels represented at the show, as well as the Instituto Hondureño de Turismo (Honduran Tourism Institute), they’re really extending the welcome mat to divers from all over the world. Especially for those travelers from the western hemisphere, this Central American country is home to the world’s second-largest coral reef, and offers world-class diving for every budget.

Three islands in particular are known for great diving year-round. Utila is a haven for backpackers and young people, with small hotels and competitively-priced dive training. From October to April, they have a front-row seat for cruise ship season, sometimes serving up to six or seven vessels a day!

Roatan is the most developed of the islands and the best overall for diving which you’ll do from the comfort of beautiful resorts like Anthony’s Key, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary!

The most quiet and remote island, and also the most luxurious, Guanaja, is only reachable by boat, which is the preferred method of travel here. In addition to great diving, you’ll also find pine trees, waterfalls, and the romance of remote locations like the Villa on Dunbar Rock — a hotel and dive center in the middle of the sea.

Though they do have their ups and downs that come with a prime location on the Caribbean, the dive industry in Honduras is well-established and trusted, with some of the highest rates of repeat business in the world. It’s not unheard of for people to make it their family getaway and to return not just year after year, but generation after generation. Whether you like wall diving or macro photography, or even if you just prefer to snorkel, there’s something for you here.

With four international airports serving the country, Honduras is accessible from all over the world. For U.S.-based travelers, there are direct flights from Atlanta, Houston, and Miami. Check out the Honduran travel website here for more information. If you hurry,you just might be able to take advantage one of their DEMA specials!

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