One of my favorite places on the planet is Cayos Cochinos. We've been visiting The Hog Islands (their name in english) for years! Here's a picture of our youngest, about 6-7 years ago, saying how much she loved Cayos Cochinos!
The journey is incredible because you can encounter incredible marine life like whale sharks, dolphins, pilot whales & I've even seen a sperm whale along the way! The views from Utila to Cayos Cochinos are stunning with the backdrop of the mountain range of mainland Honduras. It's about a 26 mile ride, and on the Miss Trinity boat, the trip takes about an hour and a half. You can't always make the trip due to the weather. The seas need to be fairly calm, and the wind needs to be low, around 6 knots is decent.
The scuba diving just outside of the cays, at Roatan Banks is probably some of the best diving you'll ever do! There are tons and tons of fish, all darting about in schools. You will NOT be disappointed! Check out my youtube video I just posted today about the three main spots to visit on your Cayos Cochinos tour: Cayo Menor, Cayo Grande, and Chachahuate.
You make your check-in at the Cayos Cochinos/Hog Islands Marine Reserve on Cayo Menor. The cost is just $12/foreigners and $3/locals. The navy patrols the area by boat, and rules in the reserve are strictly enforced. That's what makes the area so wonderful. It's been a marine reserve since 1993.
A must-see for your bucket list, is to visit the charming, and culturally rich village of Chachahuate, an authentic Garifuna community living on a tiny little cay. You can sit and have lunch while overlooking the most stunning views of turquoise blue waters atop the sandy shores of Chachahuate. It really looks like a screen saver, it's hard to believe how gorgeous it is. And to imagine, this is part of our life! If I was living in Canada, I'd probably go to the mall, but living on the island of Utila, I probably go to the mall about once a month, on average! But don't worry, I make up for it whenever I go to the U.S. and I do a monster shopping for the family! LOL!
Anyhow, as always, I digress... Visit Chachahuate is my point!
And while you're there, make sure you get a "Coco Loco"! It's a fresh-cut coconut, mixed with a touch of rum (usually Flor de Caña, and you'll probably have to bring it yourself), a twist of lime , and you'll be set to sit in a hammock, or the white sand! You can stare out at the scenery for hours. I've snorkeled out the front of Chachahuate, and there's no reef out front, but seeing the drone footage of our visit last week, makes me think that the snorkelin on the back side would be awesome! I'll have to check it out next week when we go again!
I guess my New Year's resolution would be to get out here much more often! Maybe you want to join us. Just let us know!
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