A trip to the Honduras is never complete without visiting the coastline of Roatan Island, which is typically renowned as one of the best destination to see the whale shark. If it’s a new and exciting dive destination you seek, check out Roatan, Honduras. The island also known as the whale shark capital of the Caribbean but is also famous for divers who want to swim with the world’s largest living fish in the sea. These wonderful creatures grow to about 12 meters and can weigh up to 20 tons.
Besides the whale sharks, divers and snorkelers also come to enjoy the island’s dazzling natural underwater that hosts a wide variety of sea life. Mention any sea tiny creatures to the largest fish in the world – they are found here.
You must be crazy or a daredevil to travel all the way to swim with the dangerous fish and probably risk your life if not a limb or two. Certainly, these creatures are not true sharks, actually, they are called whale shark because of their enormous size. Additionally, whale sharks feed on plankton or living organisms that can’t swim against the current and therefore not a threat to human.
Moreover, this is also one of the places in the world where the whale shark comes swimming very close to the sea shore the whole year round. There is nothing like high or low season. It’s also believed that the big numbers of whale sharks seen here are because an irregular outpouring current that attracts planktons in big numbers and to the water surface. Unlike other whale species, whale sharks thrive in warm waters with surface temperatures ranging between 20 to 30 degrees centigrade.
Finding the whales in Roatan is very easy, if you are scouting on a boat, you’ll only need to look out for birds circling above and bang! The shark whale is right underneath, probably feeding on blackfin tuna. On calm days, you would be spoilt for choices as there would be dozens of this magnificent creature on this coastline.
Not only do you see the whale sharks but also turtles. For cowry shell lovers, Roatan Island is the place to enrich and restock your cowry shell collections that come in all sizes and shapes. If you are a fishing sports enthusiast, you go fishing, kayaking and sailing, besides diving with the dolphins, and, of course, the whale sharks. Accommodations in this great island are quite varied – you can bunk at the numerous dive shops to five-star luxury hotels located on the beach front.