Cayos Cochinos are an archipelago consisting of two small islands (Cayo Menor and Cayo Mayor) and 13 tiny islets or “keys”. Its nearly 490 sq. km (190 sq.mi) are totally surrounded by the Caribbean, one of those places that can define the word paradise.
Its natural wealth offers stunning beaches and underwater life, with two unique animal species: the pink boa and the black jamo iguana, relaxing peace or excitement, lived with 360º of turquoise ocean on all the horizons.
The Cayos Cochinos are 12 ½ km (7 mi) northwest of La Ceiba, a Marine National Monument, protected by the "Honduras Coral Reef Fund" NGO, which has a scientific station on Cayo Menor.
Its coral reefs are part of the Mesoamerican Reef, the 2nd largest in the world, ideal for snorkeling among colorful species and swimming in warm crystal-clear waters, its islands and beaches of white sand, are all life experiences closer than you think.
Cayos Cochinos is a destination for many different hobbies and lifestyles. The main attractions are its white sandy beaches and transparent waters, distributed on the main islands and 13 islets, remote not only from the mainland but from crowds of people. Most of these small islands are uninhabited or provide shelter to Garifuna fishermen.
At the base of that appeal, between the colors and underwater life, are the coral reefs of the Mesoamerican Barrier that invite snorkeling and scuba diving.
Another attraction for nature lovers are the two native reptiles of the Cayos: the pink boa, which has a pale pink color to the skin due to its diet on the islands and the black “jamo”, a unique native species of iguanas.
Tours by boat from one islet to the next, idyllic beaches, coral reefs, cabins at the waterfront, hiking trails and unique animals are reasons that attract hundreds here each year, and also invite you to embark on the same journey.
Cayos Cochinos is reached by sea, from La Ceiba through local tour operators and local boat owners, and also from Tela and the Bay Islands. Organized tours have trips set from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm and in the Garifuna village of Nueva Armenia, 30 kilometers (18 miles) from La Ceiba, you can hire boaters and fishermen to travel to the Cayos. The best time to enjoy them is between February and August, because the hurricane season arrives between September and November, while December and January are usually cold and rainy months