One of the main attractions of West Bay is the reef located right offshore, easily accessible to even the most novice snorkeler. At the southern end of the beach, the reef is just a few meters offshore, while reaching the reef from the northern end of the beach requires a long swim, which should be done with a companion for safety. Tropical fish and colorful coral abound. Stay attuned to the buzzing sound of the occasional water taxi.
Note: Snorkelers must take care to avoid touching the reef at all. The thousands of visitors every month who descend upon West Bay’s reef are taking a heavy toll. It may be easy for novice snorkelers to enjoy the reef, but it’s also easy for them to bump into or actually step on the coral.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition