Utila

Utila Travel Guide

The waters off Utila, another Bay Island, are home to a thriving population of whale sharks. The research center conducts four-hour snorkeling trips to observe the gentle, plankton-eating giants, which can grow up to 60 feet long.

Where It Is: Off the coast of Honduras and at the southern end of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System—a series of reefs stretching some 450 miles across the Caribbean Sea—Utila is a 12-square-mile island surrounded by world-class dive spots.