While only insiders know it, Honduras has long been a top fishing spot. The Bay Islands and Brus Laguna, two completely different settings, have been luring some of the world's top anglers for years, long before luxury facilities were here. While the Bay Islands are best for deep-sea sport fishing for marlin and bone fishing off the reef, Brus Laguna is home to massive tarpon from the lagoon.

Early Bird Fishing Charters (tel. 504/2445-3019; www.earlybirdfishingcharters.com), a member of the conservation-minded Fishermen's Association of Roatán, leads frequent excursions from the West End to waters all around the island. Prices begin at $400 for a half-day tour with 1 to 4 people.

Pescado Roatán (tel. 504/9930-6139; www.pescadoroatan.com) is a fly and deep-sea fishing specialist using top quality equipment. Fly Fish Guanaja (tel. 970/708-0626; www.flyfishguanaja.com) has all-inclusive 7-day saltwater fly-fishing trips from Roatán, including round-trip airfare, for $3,000.

Team Marin Fishing (tel. 504/9987-0875; www.teammarinhondurasfishing.com) is the best operator in the Brus Laguna area. Their all-inclusive tours include fishing, meals, round-trip airline tickets from La Ceiba, a local guide in La Ceiba, a local English-speaking fishing guide for all fishing excursions, boat transport, and airport transfers. Tours start at $889 per person, based on double occupancy, for a 3-night/4 day excursion.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.