Roatan, Honduras

marginella Roatan is a lovely place, with friendly people eager to help tourists. Back in 1977 when I first went there, everyone spoke English, Roatan being a former British colony; but mainland Hondurans have discovered the great employment opportunities in the tourist industry, and there are now many Spanish speakers on the island as well. However, the staff speak English and are very accommodating to our needs.

There are some large, beautiful shells to be found, including triton trumpets, helmets, conchs, and chanks, but, even better is the selection of smaller shells, including a newly named Murex species and this marginella species with a spectacular mantle which is also newly described. I hope we can also purchase shells from shrimpers, who dredge up volutes, fusinus, and other deep-water shells as they are shrimping.

Date: September 2-9, 2017 Charonia variegata
For: Snorkelers (scuba available)
Cost: $2500
  • Airfare from Houston or Miami (my choice)
  • Accommodations
  • Snorkel trips & transportation to resort
  • Island tour
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Beverages, departure tax (if any) NOT included.
  • Passport required.
  • Deposit:
  • $850 with reservation
  • balance due 6 weeks before trip.
  • Reservation Form
  • More About Roatan

    This is a snorkeling trip, but scuba diving is also available at this resort. There are few beaches to walk, so be prepared to spend your shelling time in the water. The reefs here are beautiful, possibly the prettiest in the Caribbean. We will snorkel near reefs, but most shells live in grass and under rock slabs, so we won't be disturbing coral.

    The resort is very comfortable, with cabins, most of which have the bedroom upstairs and the bathroom downstairs. There is no air conditioning, but the breeze at night is all you need to be comfortable. Meals are good, served family style. There is no television available and cell phones only work at the end of the dock! No WiFi. It is isolated, requiring a boat to bring you to the site.

    Since the resort is small, I need to make reservations early, so if you think you want to come, please send in your reservation as soon as possible. I will refund if at all possible if you must cancel. Lyropecten antillarum

    More photos of shells from Roatan

    Ready to go? Fill out the reservation form and send a deposit. I will send a list of items to bring about 6 weeks before the trip.