Half Moon Bay

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Dawn H
Grand Rapids, MI5 contributions
Jan 2022
Great place to get in the water right around the corner from west bay. There is some coral and lots of fishes for a walk in snorkel experience. Quite clean and all the shops on the road will provide anything you may want.
Also in the evening there are 2 street vendors. 1 on the shop side kind of next to woodies grocery he sells chicken or pork tacos, delicious traditional food 3 tacos for 5 bucks. I highly recommend. The ladies are across the street and serve grilled chicken, pork or sausage with fixings. Also a delicious traditional option in the evenings.
Written January 30, 2022
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Tangojames
Salt Lake City, UT158 contributions
Nov 2021
The bay is of mixed use, with half of it open to boating. This side stays busy as scuba excursions and fisherman come and go. The other half is roped off for swimmers and doesn't get as much use. The sand strip isn't very wide, and partly shaded until later in the afternoon. They do clean it every morning, and so it stays nice for beach-lovers.
Written November 27, 2021
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Ann K
6 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Less touristy and busy than other beaches. Not super big and the water is a little cloudier for snorkeling. Some nice souvenir shops nearby (road is busy and narrow, so it's a little stressful with younger kids). There is a fun boat to jump off with a rock wall...we asked our water taxi to stop by it rather than swim all the way out there because there are a lot of boats coming and going.
Written February 26, 2022
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DJP
Roatan, Honduras6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Stay away from west end roaton unless you like the rudest local buisness owners I have ever met. You will not be helped anywhere unless you are a local. I stood at the counter of a little market store, I was buying a few food items. Six other locals came in one at a time and purchased beer and wine while the women helped them before me and she never even looked at me. Restaurants were the same thing, even though I was there first I was last to be waited on. I don't care how good the diving is worth having to fight over areas to dive. The diving in Belize is just as good and the folks there are very nice and glad to help you out. I will never be in Roaton again. The restaurant prices are way out of line, for example a basic two egg,toast and potatoes was $25 at my dump of a hotel.
Written February 19, 2020
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Trevor D
Nanaimo58 contributions
Dec 2019
Nice beach, protected swimming/snorkeling area and access to may dive boats and fishing charters as well as several beach bars. Certainly a busy beach especially on cruise ship days. We preferred the beaches further west on the strip but that was mostly because they were closer to our accommodation.
Written February 15, 2020
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DHalps
Hampton, VA587 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
I stayed at an apartment rental in West End for a week. I snorkeled every day and always started and ended in Half Moon Bay. There is an easy stair entry into the bay where you can leave your sandals at Half Moon Resort. There is a freshwater shower you can use, too. I suppose you could also just start from the beach and leave your things somewhere there (at your own risk) but I always used those stairs.

There was a LARGE variety of marine life right in the bay itself sustained by a decent reef which was snorkel-able (is that a word?) depending on the tide. Early mornings (7-9 a.m.) and evenings (around 5 p.m.) were the best times to see larger green turtles (as opposed to the smaller hawksbills) and to explore the sunken submarine in the middle of the bay (follow the rope from the stationary boat with the jumpers).
It was very easy to swim directly out of the bay and to the left or right along the barrier reef for great open water snorkeling.

The reef comes very close to the surface and it was so enjoyable. I would be in the water for hours at a time. Depending on the tide, the current can be rough getting into and out of the bay so know your limits. All my pictures added are animals that were IN the bay, not at the barrier reef.

If you get hungry after hours of snorkeling, there are plenty of restaurants in the immediate area.
Written April 28, 2015
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BenNeece
Brownsville, TX106 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
This is such a cool place. I liked it better than West Bay, which was, basically, flat with no reef. Half Moon had a great "street scene" and beautiful views of the water and surrounding hills. Get yourself some chairs from Beatriz (the Queen of Half Moon Bay) and sit back relax, snorkel, sunbath, people watch, or whatever strikes your fancy. You can get scuba and snorkeling equipment right there. Have fun, and say hi to Beatriz for me.
Written July 31, 2016
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David K
Dallas, TX60 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We were on the cruise ship Liberty of the Seas and the ship stopped in Roatan, Honduras. We did not take a ship excursion due to being at Roatan for 8 hours. We decided to take a taxi from the ship to Half Moon Bay (about 20 minute taxi ride) to go snorkeling and sit on the beach. The cost was $20 per person round trip included. The cost of a beach chair was $10 additional. Very clean beach and excellent water for swimming and snorkeling. Abundance of fish - take your under water camera with you. Also there is a ship moored in the bay that is open for free for everyone to swim out to and use the rope swing on the boat to swing out into the water.
Written July 19, 2019
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Rod C
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
With only 8 hours in Roatan and after a busy few days in other ports we wanted a very relaxing day. We began with a taxi ride through the beautiful lush jungle type roads to the West side and within about 35 minutes we arrived at Half Moon Bay. We had prepaid the driver to drop us off and come back and get us in 4 hours. We paid him half up front and the half at the end of the day. No risk here as he is registered and can be followed up and reported with a small ticket that you are given when leaving the port. Once you arrive at Half Moon Bay take a walk along the beach and take in the beautiful laid back surrounds. The people are super friendly and will approach you re boat rides, beach chairs and massages but a simple no gracias will see them on there way. About half way along the beach is a small pier in front of the small stores across the road. Ask around for Nelson. A very nice local guy with great english. Nelson runs a small taxi boat and snorkeling trips from half moon bay. We took a private ride for about $10 USD down the coast to West view the beaches from the water. The beaches further down from Half Moon Bay are much busier and more built up with resorts. After enjoying the beautiful views of the crystal clear water and coastline, head to the bar upstairs directly across the from Nelson's drop off. Enjoy a cocktail and lunch whist looking out on the beach with a few funny stories with the American owner. I can't remember his name but he has lived in the local area for many years and has great stories to tell. After lunch take a wondering around to the Half Moon Bay resort, all the way around to the right of the looking at the beach. Here you can rent a sun lounge and snorkel gear for about $15. You can snorkel out to the reef and jump of the small sail boat in front of the resort. If you are looking for an amazing relaxing day in Roatan contact Nelson thru Whats App +504 9661 2204.
Written July 1, 2018
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ClairesTravels92
London, UK46 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Our hotel was situated in this bay so it was very convenient to jump off our dock and swim out to the reef here. There's a huge ship near the reef that local kids swim out to and swing off of - which is pretty amazing to watch! The reef here is more shallow than when you get further out on a boat, but the marine life is still thriving! We saw a spotted snake eel and a massive barracuda. There weren't that many schools of fish but still some beautiful fish here and there. I definitely recommend heading out off the coast to see more but this is a great stop and place to explore on your own!
Written August 3, 2017
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