Cayos Cochinos is a group of 2 small islands and 13 small coral cays situated 30 kilometers northeast of La Ceiba on the northern shores of Honduras.
All the area is protected and there is a scientific research station on Cayo Menor. Cayos Cochinos is rich in natural resources and wildlife (in these islands lives a unique specie, Pink Boa) and the coral reef here is part of the world's second largest coral reef, so it's a paradise for divers.
National Geographic writes, “The waters around this collection of coral cays are a marine biologist's dream: protected by the government, off-limits to commercial divers and fishermen, and busy with creatures that may not yet have names. The Cayos Cochinos reefs are the least disturbed ecosystem in the Bay Islands” says Dr. Matthias Hammer, founder of Biosphere Expeditions.
In recent years these islands have been known to be the scenario of the spanish TV show "Supervivientes".
Chachauate is a small cay where Garifuna tribe lives (descendants of West Africans with a rich culture and costums). It's a superb experience to spend some days in Chachauate living with Garifunas.