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Pigeon Cay, Roatan

Reef or Island
Manlio Martinez

This is an isolated atoll located on the south side of the island of Barbareta in the easternmost section of Roatan. The cay sits in the middle of a lagoon with a fringing reef nearby that slopes down into deeper waters. These geographical features helps produce a stunning assortment of blue hues surrounding this tiny patch of land barely peeking above sea level, which is highlighted by a pristine white sand beach on one side of the cay, and a narrow line of brush with literally three palm trees on the other.

This trip usually involves a full day trip and a one to two hour-long journey each way, depending on where you set sail from in Roatan, the weather conditions, and the type of horsepower available in your vessel.

Actions taken to promote environmental or social sustainability

We want to keep this area pristine for all to admire so when you do visit, remember to always act responsible and think sustainably. This means not throwing cigarette butts into the ocean, removing the trash that you bring with you, and never EVER touch or take corals or any other marine organisms home as souvenirs.

Recreational Opportunities Available

Arriving to Pigeon Cay is like booking an island tour, where you will be getting a view of Roatan not many get to see. On your way there, you will pass by several of the smaller Roatan islands like Santa Helena, Morat and Barabareta the most easterly of Roatan’s satellite islands. By the time you get to Pigeon Cay, you will have traveled so much to the east that the neighboring Bay Island of Guanaja, will come into full view.

The main attraction in Pigeon Cays is not just its stark photographic potential, but the fact that it is also a snorkeler’s and diver’s paradise. The 30m/100ft visibility allows for the bouquet-like coral agglomerations to shine bright in color as they decorate extended patches of white sand with large barrel sponges, colorful tree-like gorgonias, and large and small brain coral formations. This flat and shallow terrain gives way to a spectacular sloping wall that creates an alien-like environment filled with large concentrations of fish of all colors, shapes and sizes.


Seasons Accessible

Year round, weather permitting, and always during daytime hours.


None to visit.

The price varies with different tour operators, their level of professionalism, and the services provided, but if you want a comfortable trip and one where you are well taken care of, expect to pay somewhere between USD $150.00 to $200.00 per person.

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