The Cochino Cays Marine Sanctuary consists of a group of islands, Cayo Mayor and Cayo Menor, and 13 smaller cays or atolls (sandbanks) of coral origin, located 30 kilometers northeast of La Ceiba, on the north coast of Honduras, and 45 kilometers from Roatán. In Cayo Menor there is a scientific research station and a visitor center, which provides information on the rules of use and behavior of the Marine Natural Monument. The laws prohibit all types of commercial fishing, nets and traps within the marine park.
The cays’ flora and fauna are more related to the mainland than to the bay islands. They are surrounded by sandy beaches, optimal for the nesting of the Carey sea turtle (Hawksbill). Among its terrestrial fauna, the Cochino Cays Boa, famous for its pink coloration, is famous. The vegetation of both cays is shrubby, and is in excellent condition. These cays are also famous for the abundance of their fishing. Their coral reefs are modest, and do not form a continuous barrier around the cays.