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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Reef-Dive for Cheap Off Roatan

Explore the world's second-largest reef, off Honduras’s Bay Islands, while it's still affordable, accessible, and relatively uncrowded.


1. Where to Stay

To make your diving trip as relaxing as possible, choose an affordable beachfront accommodation that does all the diving-excursion legwork for you.

The recently opened Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort (seven-night dive packages from $966) offers modern rooms in beach-facing duplexes and diving packages that include three daily boat dives and one night dive. Novice divers, take a PADI scuba course in the hotel pool or sign up for the Open Water Diver program for an extra $370—certification takes as little as three days. For excellent local fare, the hotel restaurant can't be beat.

For modern comforts, book a villa suite at the Mayan Princess Beach Resort (from $190). Rooms come with air-conditioning, full kitchens, televisions, and separate living rooms, steps from a 250-foot serpentine pool and a long stretch of West Bay Beach. Customize your dives through the on-site Mayan Divers shop.

Anthony’s Key Resort (seven-night dive packages from $799) in Sandy Bay has been an under-the-radar diver's destination for 30 years. Their Scuba School has programs for kids and pros alike and also houses one of the island's only physician-staffed hyperbaric chambers, used to treat divers who get the bends from resurfacing too quickly. Splurge on an all-inclusive diving package, which includes equipment, three boat dives a day, and two night dives. For ocean views, request an overwater bungalow—the trade winds make up for the lack of A/C.

Published on Mar 19, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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