July 8, 2011 By Riaan in Travel About 6 Months ago we decided we wanted to start Scuba Diving. Don’t ask me why… We bought a book on the best diving sites in the Caribbean when we moved to Costa Rica about 18 months ago (It was marked down to next to nothing), and the fact that my sister started diving at the beginning of the year or so all probably nudged us until we made the decision. Right from the start we decided that if we’re going to learn, we’ll do it somewhere spectacular, and after looking at flights to the popular destinations nearby we settled on Roatan in Honduras (A trip to Belize which is next door to » read more «
by DAVID JOLLY In a sign that the global movement to protect sharks is picking up steam, Honduras is declaring its waters to be a permanent sanctuary for the fish. President Porfirio Lobo Sosa will sign the sanctuary bill into law on Friday on a visit to the island of Roatan, the country’s top diving and snorkeling destination, his office said on Thursday. The move makes permanent a moratorium on commercial fishing for sharks that Honduras announced last year in a joint declaration with the Micronesian island of Palau. The measure protects sharks in the 92,665 square miles of Honduras’s exclusive economic zone, which encompasses both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Conservationists applauded the move. “There’s real momentum growing for » read more «
October 28th, 2010 Honduras’s tourism has began to return to normal, and now the Department of Tourism is reporting a 10 percent increase in arrivals from this time last year. “Everyone thought it would take a lot longer, at least a year,” said Ana Lucia Funes, an official for the promotion of events for the Honduras Institute of Tourism, “But tourism is back and we are continuing to grow. It was about six months later that we began to see tourism come back.” Ms. Funes says the Tourism Board had organized an array of press and family trips to the country since the unrest began last year, to show the industry that everything was back to normal. And it worked. » read more «
Banking and accessing your money is becoming easier on Roatan. Banks have online access and people are able to transfer money from a local USD account to their Lempira account quite easily from home on the internet. Some banks are making it easier to transfer money from the US to your Honduran account. With Banco Continental a wire transfer from the US in the morning is in your USD account by noon! Some banks can take from 3-7 days or more. ATM machines are popping up in several locations on Roatan. The major point is that generally they have money and are working! No longer necessary to bring Travelers Checks (which are held for 30 days and not accepted by » read more «
Honduras to use eight-digit fixed numbers from 14 November Tuesday 2 November 2010 | 11:47 CET Honduras will add the number 2 as a prefix for all fixed phone numbers on 14 November, announced telecommunications regulator Conatel. This will increase fixed numbers from seven to eight digits, based on growth projections and bringing the country in line with international standards. The new numbering system will give Honduras enough numbers for the next 50 years. Honduras is the last country in Central America to increase its fixed numbering system to eight digits.