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Roatan lies about 40 miles (65 km) north of Honduras in the Caribbean. Roatan, Guanaja, and Utila make up the Bay Islands, with Roatan being the largest. It is 48 miles (77 km) long and less than 5 miles (8 km) wide at its widest point. The island is an exposed ancient coral reef rising 890 feet (270 meters) above sea level. It is located on the southern edge of the Meso-American Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea and in the northern hemisphere, and the second largest in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Roatan hosts 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of molluscs, and more than 500 species of fish.
We dove the Bay Islands in 1995 aboard a liveaboard dive boat.
We returned in 2017 to set up an amateur radio station at Chillax Roatan, in Sandy Bay near Anthonhy's Key, for the CQ WW CW contest, which we operated as HQ9X.
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Last modified 12 January 2018