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High Sierra Divers

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Clarks at Guanaja "A destination like you have never experienced before...

...experience a private island getaway."


About Guanaja

For those looking for privacy and seclusion, this is the place to go. Some people say The Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras are the last undiscovered destination in the Caribbean. Because the islands are part of Honduras, they are often not considered when thinking about Caribbean destinations but have pristine beaches and excellent diving like the rest of the Caribbean. There is only one road on the island and most resorts are located at different points around the island, which are only accessible by boat.

Guanaja, or Pine Island as named by Christopher Columbus, is the most mountainous of the three islands off the coast of Honduras that make up the archipelago called The Bay Islands. The island has an abundance of year-round fresh water springs, creeks and even waterfalls and is known for its spectacular diving and Caribbean pine trees. Of the three islands, Guanaja is the most undiscovered and pristine.

The coral reefs and 45 dive sites of Guanaja are some of the best in the world. They are part of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system which starts in Belize and is the 2nd largest reef in the world after the Australian Great Barrier Reef.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements
To enter Honduras, you must present a U.S. passport with at least six months remaining validity. U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa; however, you must provide evidence of return or onward travel.

Clothing
Dress at the resort is very casual, so pack whatever makes you most comfortable; shorts, t-shirts, light weight tops, pants, skirts or dresses. No reason to overpack as the resort offers complimentary laundry service! Water shoes and/or light hiking boots are not necessary, but nice. A wind breaker or rain slicker should be considered.

Water Quality & Health Risks
Bottled water should be used. Due to our island location and rocky shoreline, we are generally not bothered by mosquitoes and sand flies to the extent mainland locations are. However, you will likely want to visit mainland Guanaja or other cays during your stay, so we still recommend you pack insect repellent such as OFF or Cutter. Also consider packing Hydro cortisone cream or other anti-itch cream and Benadryl Tablets.

Language, Currency, Electricity & Time Zone
English the primary language, and Spanish is secondary.

The US dollar is the basic unit of currency.

The electrical current in Guanaja is the same as in the U.S. - 110 volts AC 60 Hz.

Guanaja is in the Central time zone, just like Chicago in the US.

Location and Size
Guanaja is about 3 x 11 miles and the landscape is both lush and mountainous as well as a rugged and more dry in some areas - one peak rises to almost 1400 feet. The island is located approximately 18 miles east of Roatan and 30 miles north of the mainland of Honduras. Guanaja is one of the last remaining unspoiled paradises in the Caribbean.

Weather
Prevailing ocean breezes keep the temperature comfortable year around. The temperature is generally in the low 80s, only occasionally getting in to the high 80s during August and September.

The average rainfall is 100 inches a year which helps keep the island lush and green. Guanaja’s rainy season usually begins around October and lasts until December or January.

Diving Highlights
Visibility throughout all of the Bay Islands ranges up to 150 feet, with little current and very calm seas. Guanaja’s dive sites run the gamut from wrecks to underwater volcanoes. The variety of corals, sponges, and marine life is mind boggling. Turtles, eagle rays, Jew fish, and literally hundreds of tropical fish species abound. Indigenous toadfish, octopus, and huge coral crabs are visible at night. Dolphins, whale sharks, reef sharks, black tips and hammerheads can also be spotted.

Activities
Scuba diving (45 dive sites of Guanaja), snorkeling, deep sea and flats fishing, hiking, waterfall trekking, relaxing on any of the beautiful beaches.

Demographics
Population - There are 3 towns on the island: Bonacca, Mangrove Bight, and Savannah Bight. The majority of the population (approx. 10,000 total) lives on Bonacca which is actually a cay off the main island. Bonacca has been called the Venice of the Caribbean because of bridges and canals that connect the community.

The People - The native islanders of Guanaja are descendents of the original immigrants from the Bahamas and Cayman Islands in the early 1800s. More recently, people from the mainland of Honduras have moved to Guanaja as well. Today the population is a delightful mix of individuals who speak a distinctive English/Caribbean dialect.