Utila is the third smallest of Honduras' Bay Islands,
after Roatán and Guanaja, in a region that marks the south end of the Mesoamerican
Barrier Reef System, the second-largest in the world.
The eastern end
of the island is capped by a thin veneer of basaltic volcanic rocks, erupted
from several pyroclastic cones including 74 m (243 ft) Pumpkin Hill which forms
the highest point on the island. It has been documented in history since