The Hog Cays, aka Cayos Cochinos
The Hog Cays are the most popular day tour for visitors in La Ceiba
The Hog Cays are a group of islands located off the coast of La Ceiba in Honduras. They are part of the Bay Islands of Honduras and offer a unique view of what a pristine Caribbean island should look like! The Hog Cays are located only 30 kilometers, 18 miles off the coast of mainland Honduras. Although the closest point in the mainland to the Hog Cays is the Garifuna Village of Nueva Armenia, most of the day tourists visiting the Hog Cays or Cayos Cochinos, as they are locally known do so from the town of Sambo Creek.
The Hog Cays is actually a small archipelago, consisting of 2 small islands and 13 very small sand cays, of which some are inhabitated by Garifuna natives, others are privately owned with a home on them and others are simply pristine and natural.
Cochino Pequeno, or small Hog Island is all a protected area, and other that a small research station, there are no people living on it. All tours to Cayos Cochinos, or the Hog Cays start here, where you must register and pay the entrance fee to the park, which has a status of Marine Natural Monument. The larger island, known as Cochino Grande, or Big Hog is home to one of the only two communities in the Hog Cays, East End. This small Garifuna community, whose main source of income is fishing has a nice community owned hotel called Cabanas Laru Beya. On this larger Cay you will also find the only dive resort on the Hog Cays, Turtle Bay Eco Resort.
Without doubt the most picturesque community in the Hog Cays is Chachahuate Cay, which is inhabited by a Garifuna community. Chachahuate is the most densely populated Garifuna community, and although it retains the character and feeling of an authentic Garifuna village, the truth is that most of the community has given up the fishing lifestyle that they once had to survive and now offer food and handmade artifacts to the many tourists that visit the Hog Cays.
The easiest way to get to the Hog Cays is via Sambo Creek, located about 18 kilometers east of La Ceiba on the CA13 highway to Trujillo. From here, there are several different options, some community owned, and others privately owned that offer tours to the Hog Cays. Without doubt, the most professional are Tourist Options, who operate daily tours from Sambo Creek to the Hog Cays at a very reasonable price. Although there are several hotels in the Sambo Creek area, the village is close to La Ceiba, and many tourists actually prefer to stay in the Cangrejal River Valley and take the 40 minute trip from there to Sambo Creek and back. The tour usually departs at 8 a.m and returns at 3 pm, so the transfer is easy, pleasant and affordable.
At La Villa de Soledad B&B we offer round trip transfers to our guests that are interested in visiting the Hog Cays for a very reasonable $50 US round trip per group of one to four persons. We are happy to serve and early breakfast and have you in Sambo Creek with plenty of time to take the tour, which is currently only $40 US dollars per person, making this a very affordable day trip to enjoy from La Villa de Soledad B&B. Yet another reason to stay at La Villa de Soledad and Relax in Nature.