Once dubbed as "diamonds in the rough," Cayos Cochinos is a small archipelago off the northern coast of Honduras. Located in the northwestern Caribbean just south of Belize, they lie at approximately 15 55' N, 86 30'W. These privately owned jewels are composed of two hilly, lush islands (Cochino Grande and Cochino Pequeño) and 11 small coral cays. On old British maps, they are called "The Hog Islands" and lore has it that British pirates (Henry Morgan and the likes) "planted" hogs on these cays so they would have meat on their return trips. Considered part of the Bay Islands, the cays are the hardest to get to, even though they are closer to the coast than Roatán, Utila, and Guanaja. Situated about 18 nautical miles north northeast of the old banana port town of La Ceiba, Cayos Cochinos can be reached by boat.