Located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), Roatán is world famous for its extraordinary and pristine diving locations scattered all over the island, because of the aforementioned Meso-American reef system which creates a barrier around the entire north shore of the island creating a sanctuary for marine life on the inner part of the reefs and an abundance of spectacular dive sites on the outer reefs. In recent years the island has also seen a steady expansion in Eco-tourism which has taken the island by storm and most of Central American tourism because of its ecological and environmental advantages as well as the promotion of green energy and conservation throughout these fragile and precious eco-systems.
Adventure sports and activities from Zip-lining, ATV and moped tours to parasailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing and free diving to sunset and daylight catamaran and sailboat cruises to the nearby Hog Islands, Cayos Cochinos or the island of Útila are also in abundance. Sport fishing excursions has become a growing favorite among visitors on the island for its abundant variety of marine fish, yet the island maintains a strict law against poaching and the killing of all big game fish, primarily bill fish preferring the use of "catch and release" method in its annual fishing tournament and local fishermen doing sport fishing excursions. It is the only way to properly sustain and develop a healthy fishing industry and environment.
The island is served by the Juan Manuel Gálvez Roatán International Airport, which includes direct flights from Atlanta and Houston via United and Delta airlines respectively, with other domestic connections for international flights arriving into mainland Honduran cities like the capital Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and San Salvador.
Roatán is also serviced by Safeway Maritime Transportation Catamaran ferries Galaxy Waves and Tropical Waves that operates two daily ferries in the morning and evenings to La Ceiba, Honduras with duration of one hour each trip depending on the weather or during the busy week of one of Honduras busies holidays’ Semana Santa.