Roatan snorkeling, as is true of Roatan diving, is known for its quality. The fact that the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System lies not far off the Roatan Island shores is the main reason why. This reef system forms the world’s second largest barrier reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef is larger.
One of the best things about Roatan snorkeling is the ease with which it can be enjoyed. Colorful coral reefs can be found just offshore in many spots, and there are plenty of other great snorkeling areas that aren’t much further out. A boat ride of no more than five minutes is sometimes required to get to some of the top diving and/or snorkeling spots in the area, while other spots can simply be reached by wading and/or swimming.
As for the kinds of creatures that you can expect to see while snorkeling off Roatan Island, they include parrotfish, jawfish, barracuda, and a variety of other types of fish. Dolphins are also spotted with relative frequency, and both sponges and gorgonians are in good supply. This is just a small sample of what can be spotted, however, and every snorkeling session brings the promise of new adventures.
Few destinations in the Western Hemisphere can rival Roatan Island when it comes to snorkeling. As such, many of the island’s visitors look to add snorkeling to their lists of things to do. Rental equipment is available at some of the best Roatan beaches, and many of the island’s beaches in general can make for great snorkeling jump off spots. Also worth keeping in mind is the fact that a variety of Roatan dive shops and tour companies can help visitors arrange fun snorkeling excursions.