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Tela Marine Research Centre

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Zio wrote a review Jan 2021
San Pedro Sula, Honduras93 contributions37 helpful votes
A well kept aquarium that is free to visit. It's small, but entertaining. They support conservation efforts in the region and it's a good learning experience. Worth a visit.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Margit B wrote a review Dec 2019
Tegucigalpa, Honduras25 contributions4 helpful votes
I was AMAZED to read a review that said Tela Marine is a scam, I usually do not write reviews, but decided to do so. Tela Marine has done a lot of research, with many international universities and with OPWALL. It is 100% free, as one of its main goals is to Educate the local population, so they will protect the ecosystem, which defies any reason for a "scam". Before Tela Marine existed, the bay was NOT a Protected Area, Tela Marine Center and a bunch of collaborators were able to get the Honduran Gov. to declare the Tela Bay a Protected Area. The Aquarium is beatifull, you should not miss it.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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popsicle1diver wrote a review May 2018
Roatan, Honduras17 contributions7 helpful votes
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My 2nd visit to Tela was even better than the first. There have been improvements made to the aquarium and there is currently work underway for expansion. Focus on conservation and education with a healthy dose of fun. The owner and aquarist volunteers are very knowledgeable and passionate about the reef and conservation. I visited Punta Sal and did two amazing dives. I was blown away by the diversity and health of the marine life on the reef. There are many creatures in the area I haven't seen in more than 2000 dives elsewhere in the Caribbean. The jungle tour in Punta Sal is also fantastic. Getting to see monkeys in their natural habitat is pretty cool. And the hidden lagoon that was used by pirates was also a highlight. The tour guide was full of interesting information about the flora and fauna. I was travelling light so had to use the rental dive equipment and it is in excellent condition and well maintained. Two boats are used and the team has a great system in place for getting the boats down the beach and into the water and back. The mild surf next to shore is easily handled by the experienced captain and crew. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. I will definitely be returning to visit and dive this hidden treasure of the Caribbean.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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BaileyWenger wrote a review Apr 2017
83 contributions13 helpful votes
On my recent trip to Tela, I was looking for a place to go diving. I also had some friends who were interested in snorkeling. Tela Marine Research Center hooked us up! Most of their diving is research diving, but they do a few fun dives a year, so I was able to go. They do regular tours to Punta Sal for $35 (6-hour tour). These tours include a hike through the jungle to spot monkeys (there were so many!) and other native plants and wildlife. Then you head to a beach at Punta Sal to snorkel and hang out. Divers went to a separate location while friends went snorkeling. Tony (the tour guide) and Christian (divemaster) both did a great job at educating us on the work they are doing to rebuild and protect the reef in Tela. I recommend their tours!
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Date of experience: April 2017
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mecoreyes wrote a review Apr 2017
Tegucigalpa, Honduras6 contributions2 helpful votes
Great tour and a very nice dive. Christian was great with the kids and great divemaster (a couple of lion fishes are no longer residents in Punta Sal). Also, proceeds go to much needed marine research. Lets support this organization.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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