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Roatan, Honduras Photos

Roatan Island is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands -- measuring roughly 29 miles long and 4 miles wide. Roatan is best known for its fantastic reefs which make it one of the best snokeling and diving destinations in the Caribbean. The island features white sand beaches [West Bay], mangrove forests, and a thriving dive community.



Roatan Beach

Roatan Beach

Roatan Water

Roatan Beach

Roatan Beach

Roatan Dock

Roatan Forest Burning

Roatan Forest Burning

Roatan Water

Bay Islands

Roatan Bar

Roatan Beach

Roatan Mangroves

Roatan West End


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Roatán [Wikipedia]:

Roatán, located between the islands of Utila and Guanaja, is the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands. It is approximately 60 kilometres long, and less than 8 kilometres wide at its widest point.

The capital and most populated town is Coxen Hole, located in the Southwest of the island. Other important towns include French Harbor and Oak Ridge.

Located near the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), it has become an important cruising and diving destination in Honduras. Tourism is its most important economic sector, though fishing is also an important source of income for islanders.

In 1998, the island suffered considerable damage from Hurricane Mitch, temporarily paralyzing most commercial activity.

Tourism and environmental impact

While tourism has strongly contributed towards the economic development of the island, it has also altered Roatan's fragile ecosystem. Land clearing for the construction of residential complexes, as well as improper sewage and garbage disposal methods, have inflicted considerable damage to the island in a time span of less than a decade.

Several efforts by environmental organizations have helped to reduce the adverse environmental impacts. Still, the long-term success of these efforts is uncertain because the inflow of tourism is likely to increase with the completion of a new international airport in the neighboring island of Utila.

Language

Although Spanish is spoken in mainland Honduras, the main language on the island is (creole) English,



Conservation news from Honduras:

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Over 62 million hectares (240,000 square miles) of forest across Latin America — an area roughly the size of Texas or the United Kingdom — were cleared for new croplands and pastureland between 2001 and 2013, ...

There hasn't been much good news out of Honduras recently. One of the poorest Latin American nations, it has been afflicted ...

The assassination, murder, and extrajudicial killing of environmental activists rose by 20 percent last year, according to a new grim report ...

Earlier this month, National Geographic made big news: the discovery of what it called a 'lost city' below the thick jungles ...

Loss of tropical forests accelerated roughly 60 percent during the 2000s, argues a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. ...

Times have changed, and technological advancements have scaled down scientific equipment in terms of both size and cost. Among them are ...

Expanding oil palm plantations are among the top reasons for deforestation globally, along with cattle ranching, timber, and soy. However, a ...

In 2006, Mexico intensified its security strategy, forming an inhospitable environment for drug trafficking organizations (also known as DTOs) within the ...

A camera trap survey along the Sikre River in Honduras has discovered that the region is home to a menagerie of ...

From massive hotel development through the agriculture industry, humans are destroying the second largest barrier reef in the world: the Mesoamerican ...

One-hundred and fifty years after a treaty with England granted the Miskito people rights over their land--a treaty which was never ...

A stunning new species of pit-viper has been discovered in the cloud forest of Honduras. The venomous snake is described in ...

One-hundred-and-ninety-seven illegal loggers across a dozen Central and South American countries have been arrested during INTERPOL's first strike against widespread forestry ...

Located in a mountainous area near the border with Guatemala, Cusuco National Park in Honduras is recognized by researchers as a ...

Countries across Latin America lost 78,000 square kilometers of subtropical and tropical dry broadleaf forests between 2001 and 2010, according to ...

The year 2011 has presented the world with a shocking increase in irregular weather and disasters linked to climate change. Just ...

Endangered sharks are finding more sanctuaries. Honduras has announced that commercial shark fishing will be banned from its 92,665 square miles ...

Rainforests in Honduras and on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have been added to the U.N.'s "danger" list due to illegal ...

It has been estimated that as many as 300 million farmers in tropical countries may take part in slash and burn ...

Nicaraguan and Honduran officials have announced that upwards of 100 people are confirmed dead, and another 120 still unaccounted for after ...
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