The northern coast of Honduras extends from Guatemala to Nicaragua and includes the offshore Bay Islands composed of several larger islands and 60 minor islands. Honduras is best known for its striking coral reefs around the Bay Islands including shallow fringing crest reefs, patch reefs, and shelf-edge reefs. Recent surveys have found several reefs along the northern Honduran coasts such as near Tela.  Located at the “headwaters” of the Mesoamerican Region, Honduras’ coral reefs play an important role in connectivity with the rest of the region through nearshore and oceanic currents.