Roatán island is the jewel of Honduras' Bay Islands. The largest and most populated of the three main islands and located just off the east coast of Honduras. Roatán is well known for it superb scuba diving and warm sunshine. Roatán is 33 miles long and 2 miles wide. Roatán became a haven to many famous French, English, and Dutch pirates. It has been estimated that up to 5,000 pirates may have lived on and ruled Roatán and the bay islands during the mid-17th century. Roatán's colorful past is evident in the diverse cultures and languages that still exist including those of Punta Gorda's Garifuna community. It's stunning natural beauty and warm, friendly people will touch your soul and leave you longing to return.