Activity Options at Clearwater Paradise Resort
Guanaja boasts a rich and diverse ecosystem, promising visitors a wealth of oceanfront possibilities like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing. Outdoor enthusiasts can embark on adventurous mountain hikes, bird watching, sightseeing, or relaxing by the poolside. After an active day, you might want to unwind in the game room by playing a game of pool, reading a book, or perhaps checking out the day’s pictures and videos on the TV. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff is at your service, ready to assist you in crafting an itinerary to make your vacation as great as possible.
The primary reason people come to Guanaja and Clearwater Resort is for the Diving. In short, it is spectacular. The diving here is like it was in most other Caribbean destinations 20-30 years ago. Untouched, unspoiled reefs, very few “other” divers or dive boats and 50-plus dive sites to choose from.
Again, like diving, it’s all about the untouched, unspoiled reefs—and clear water. Michael’s Rock is about an 8 minute boat ride from the resort and is one of the most beautiful beach/snorkeling spots in the world. It is perfect for beginners with a beautiful beach, calm water and a reef in either direction from the beach. The colors of the reefs will take your breath away and the marine life will fascinate beginners and advanced snorkelers alike. For snorkelers with a little experience, there are many dive sites that are also very good snorkeling sites. These sites are ideal for groups that have a mix of divers and snorkelers.
We are always happy to hook you up for some fishing. Out beyond the reef you can troll for tuna, mackerel, mahi-mahi, barracuda. Inside the reef, you can try your hand at flats fishing (fly fishing) in the flats in and around the mangroves. You might get lucky and catch one or all of the “big three”—bone fish, tarpon, and Hermit. Warning—hooking one of those babies might turn you into an obsessed fisherman.
The terrain of Guanaja is mountainous and we are one of the few small Caribbean islands that have natural springs. Put a spring on top of a mountain and what you get are waterfalls. Some of the smaller ones can be reached easily in flip-flops, but the largest waterfall is a hike (good shoes highly recommended) and takes most of a day but we do it in style—lunch, coconut water straight from the coconut and swimming in the clear spring water. There are also some hikes to some caves and Mayan ruins/ hieroglyphics.
Take a tuk-tuk tour with Anita. She will show you Mangrove Bight, traverse the 2-mile-long road across the island and show you Savanah Bight while regaling you with island stories.
Have lunch at Guanaja Resort on the other side before returning (Anita might also try to sell you a chicken).
Take a short boat trip to Northeast Bight. The people there still live like islanders have lived going back a century.
Market day (Thursday) on Low Cay. Most of Guanaja’s population live on a funky little Cay just off the main island. The place has no vehicles (motorized or otherwise) and the streets are walk-ways and the Cay has a series of narrow canals running through it. It is a small, scrunched-up Venice.
Michael’s Rock – There are worse ways to spend an afternoon than having a picnic on the beach at Michael’s Rock along with swimming, snorkeling or just floating around in the crystal-clear water with your favorite beverage in hand.
Kayaks and Paddleboards
We have ‘em. We have some “regular” kayaks and we have some fish-and-dive kayaks that are wider for excellent stability while fishing and for snorkelers climbing in and out of the water.
The paddleboards are – well – paddleboards. They are all free to use.