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Reminiscing on some of my best and favorite snorkeling moments brings me back to Utila. The Honduran island is off the coast where the MesoAmerican reef passes through. It was by far my best destination for snorkeling and diving on this side of the globe.
You can find it by renting an ATV or taking a golf cart down to the Coral View Beach Resort. Instead of going inside, turn left to park by the dock where you will find some of the resorts’ guests putting their flippers on.
The dock is open to others and supposedly it’s $10 US to be able to use their snorkel spot. Sorry to whoever was supposed to “manning their station”, but no one was there when I arrived so I went snorkeling for free.
The dock has steps (that are a bit slippery) down into the water and it starts off at very shallow. Be careful of the coral and you definitely need flippers or your feet will get all scratched up! A wet suit might be helpful too if you get nervous being too close to the coral.
You can see before you even enter the water, how far out the coral reaches. It can take you about 10-15 minutes before it gets deep.
There, it is a perfect spot for free diving or even learning how to! I practiced with my husband, who luckily got it down right away as you can see in the photos. I am not too good at it I must admit. I couldn’t stay down!
Many fish come through this region and small schools of fish. If you are lucky, you might see a manta ray. There were no sharks – it seems too shallow and too close to shore, but you never know!
When you’re all done, relax on the dock. There are benches to sit after you flip around all day at Coral View.
Have you snorkeled here? How was your experience?