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“Snorkeling” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cayos Cochinos

Cayos Cochinos
La Ceiba, Honduras
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in La Ceiba
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“Snorkeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We went to Cayos Cochinos with our 2 kids ages 6.5 and 2.5 years. The snorkeling was superb and we had the sea to ourselves. There were hardly any tourists. The ride back was on very choppy waters and I wouldn't recommend it for kids under 5 years.

Visited April 2013
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“Truly unique experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Cayos Cochinos is truly different from the other islands in the region. Unfortunately, most of these 14 islands are private and can not be visited, and the main island that people visit is Chachahuate. Several boats stop every day around noon for those on a day tour to enjoy the amazing lunch prepared by island families. We decided to spend a few days on the island. There are a couple of basic and cheap cabanas on the island where you can stay (no electricity, sand floor, shared bathrooms). This was an amazing and unique experience as it gives the opportunity to mingle with this lovely community of fishermen (about 80 people live on the island). Don't expect comfort or privacy as the island is quite small (it can be toured in less than 5 minutes), but it is truly beautiful, snorkeling is good, and sunsets are amazing. Food is prepared in the island kitchen and it is delicious (fresh fish is served daily). The island gets a bit crowded every day around lunch time when people on a day trip disembark for lunch, but it does otherwise feel like you are truly away from the rest of the world. From Chachahuate, you can cross a small channel to Chachahate 2 (you will have water up to your hips). Unlike Chachahuate, Chachahuate 2 is a private island and it is inhabited by a friendly couple named Cartagena and Alejandra. There are a couple of "cabanas" for rent, and Alejandra can prepare basic but tasty fresh meals. Chachahuate 2 is slightly less scenic than its nearby twin island, but it is a lot quieter (2 inhabitants vs. 80 for about the same surface), and it does really feel like this is the edge of the earth. A truly unique experience for those who want to get away from it all without spending a fortune (food and accomodation are amazingly unexpensive). We were allowed to camp on Chachahuate 2 for a token fee and this was an unforgettable experience.

Visited February 2013
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“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Where do I start, this place is paradise! If you are looking for a beautiful beach and Peaceful ambiance overlooking at 14 other islands, look not further than Cayos Cochinos! We took a day trip to Cayos Cochinos arranged by our resort and we ended up spending three days there. So if you plan a day trip to Cayos Cochinos, packed extra clothing and some extra cash preferably Lempiras, since the natives of the Islands do not accept credit card and very few of them take US Dollar or Euros.

Visited April 2013
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“Paradise unspoiled”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

14 total islands. Beautiful and unspoiled. Honduras is doing well in protecting nature. You are not allowed to take seashells and coral. Bummer as I love to collect seashells, but understandable.
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Visited March 2013
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

How this gets overlooked in the Bay Islands (Roatan, Utila etc) is beyond me. Gorgeous keys\cayes and the diving (snorkeling if you don't dive) is incredible as well. We went out with Pirate Islands Divers who picked us up right on the beach in front of our B&B at Sambo Creek and had a blast. Stayed out on one of the keys in between dive days. Great time and highly recommend if your'e like us and prefer private time (no hustle and bustle, tour ships, resorts etc.) As an FYI, there isn't any electricity or fresh water on the keys so be prepared, but you won't regret it. "An archipelago in The Bay Islands, Cayos Cochinos is a Marine Biological Reserve off the mountainous, northern coast of Honduras in Central America." - www.cayoscochinos.com

Visited March 2013
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