Dive, Fish and Enjoy the adventures of the Caribbean Barrier Reef which is only 2nd in size compared to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.    Whether a Romantic Holiday or with a group of Diver’s pursuing the ultimate SCUBA or snorkeling experience, this modern luxurious yacht is where it is at. And at the numerous nearby islands and ports, experience all that the Rain Forests have to offer along with exploring the ancient Mayan Indian culture amidst the ruins of the temples and pyramids.     The yacht’s state rooms and world class service make for a cozy vacation for the Royals and “The Rich and Famous” while readily adaptable for the groups that want to dive for world class fish others who look to harvest some of “Mother Nature’s” prized catches from the sapphire blue Caribbean Sea.   Seasonally watch some of the best whale activity and enjoy wildlife on Earth like few will ever see.

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Bucear, pescar y disfrutar de las aventuras de la barrera de coral del Caribe, que es sólo 2 º en tamaño en comparación con la Gran Barrera de Coral de Australia. Si unas vacaciones románticas o con un grupo de llevar a cabo Diver es el final o buceo SCUBA experiencia, este lujoso yate moderno es donde está en. Y en las numerosas islas cercanas y de los puertos, la experiencia de todo lo que los Bosques Tropicales tienen para ofrecer junto con la exploración de la antigua cultura indígena maya en medio de las ruinas de los templos y pirámides. Salas de estado del yate y el servicio de clase mundial para hacer unas vacaciones cómodas para los Reales y "Los ricos y famosos", mientras que fácilmente adaptables a los grupos que quieren bucear por los demás peces de clase mundial que esperan que la cosecha alguna de la "Madre Naturaleza" preciadas capturas desde el zafiro azul del Mar Caribe. Estacionalmente ver algunas de las mejores actividades de observación de ballenas y disfrutar de la vida silvestre en la Tierra como muy pocos podrán ver.
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World Class Diving in Belize

Belize is home to some of the finest scuba diving in all of the world. The Cayes (pronounced keys), the offshore atolls, and the barrier reef are the main attractions in Belize. The barrier reef, which is 185 miles long, is the longest in the Western Hemisphere, and second largest in the entire world. The cayes are coral sand and/or mangroves islands, that are located between the mainland and the barrier reef, on the barrier reef, and on or within the reef perimeters of the offshore atolls.

Over 50 dive sites accessible from San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye. Most of the best sites are conveniently located no more than a 10-20 minute boat ride away from San Pedro. Belize is blessed with a diversity of reef systems which can be fully explored: from the distinctive topography of the Barrier Reef, to the offshore walls of the Turneffe, Glover's and Lighthouse atolls, and last, but certainly not least, the magnificent Blue Hole

Dive Site description of Roatan's best dives

Dive Site description of Roatan's best dives.

Following described are only a few of Roatan’s most spectacular and most famous dive sites. There are many more. All the sites can be dived or snorkeled by beginners as well as experienced divers. In different ways of course. Inform the divemaster about your experience level prior to the dive.

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North east side dive sites 

 

North side dive sites

 

South side dive sites

 

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click for larger pictureRoatan North East Side Dive Sites
dive them out of
Turquoise Bay Resort or Palmetto Bay

 

Dolphin bones in Dolphin Den dive siteDolphin Den

 

Dolphin Den dive site with silversidesDolphin Den is a shallow cave like swim-through that takes you from the inside of the reef to the outside. The maze of tunnels and caverns is so extensive that you can spend your whole dive inside it, still it is simple enough not to get lost. There are plenty of openings in the ceiling to make this dive save, still one may want to stay close to his dive buddy.

Inside the cavern one may find thousands of silversides and other creatures like moray eels or a nurse shark. On the outside one can find many lettuce leave slugs and sea hares.

This dive site is located on the reef opposite  Fuego del Mar.

Depth range: 5 – 12 meter (15 – 40 feet)
Experience required: Intermediate
 

The site got its name because of several founds of Dolphin bones. The last one in the summer of 2007 where a pod of 13 bottlenose dolphins swam into the cavern, got trapped and drowned. The most common explanation of the tragic event is that the dolphins followed a school of silversides into the cavern and got disoriented in the thick cloud of baitfish.

 

The Sponges

 

At this amazing wall you can find many different sponges and corals including huge barrel sponges and spectacular pillar corals. The drop-off is at 60 feet and drops to 180 feet. Very often there are turtles, nurse-sharks and eagle rays passing by, as well as morays. During the dive it is common to find several cleaning stations, and the safety stop has some beautiful elk horn.

Depth range: 5 – 40 meter (15 – 130 feet)
Experience required: Beginner

 

Big Bight

 

A cool wall dive to the west of the mooring which sits in about 40ft of water and just under the buoy there are a few swim throughs which can be fun at the end of the dive. The wall starts at around 15ft and goes down to 60ft near the mooring further west it goes beyond 140ft the wall has a lot of sponges and look out for lobsters and crabs in the crevices. Large grouper are often spotted along with barracuda and some times the odd turtle or eagle ray can be seen. To the east of the buoy the wall is a little more sloping and in the sandy areas at around 90ft nurse sharks have been seen under the reef skirts.

Barracuda

A top site with many different route to explore each new dive master has developed their own route to this site, the mooring sits in around 26ft of water with a reef shelf underneath. To the east of the mooring there is a sandy area at around 44ft depth, this ideal for training, and also spotting the occasional southern sting ray, following the sand patch to the east look out for lobsters in the base of the reef, in the reef surrounding the sand porcupine fish are often seen, carrying on north-east from the end of the sand patch takes you to an area called shark garden. Here as the name suggests we often spot nurse sharks at around 100ft. heading straight north from the mooring you come to an area of sloping reef with some great swim throughs. The sandy areas stretch down to around 90ft and nurse sharks have been spotted in this area as well. From there head west and explore the swim throughs. To return to the mooring head south and you’ll find a shallow gravel canyon area that leads to the wall follow this shallow wall at 26ft with the wall to the right, therefore heading east again to return to the boy. As the name suggest there are barracudas around this site and its quite common for you to spot one at the beginning of a dive and then for the barracuda to follow you throughout your dive.

Andy’s Wall

 

A colourful wall with soft and hard corals, often visited by groupers, schools of chubs, creole wrasse, horse-eye jacks and black durgons among others. The wall starts at 60ft, dropping to 160.

Depth range: 5 – 40 meter (15 – 130 feet)
Experience required: Beginner

 

 

Fish spot / The View

This site has two names it was named the view as it is directly out from the view restaurant. It has also been named fish spot for its abundant amount of fish around the top of the reef between 15 to 20ft.

 

 

The Canyons

 

Pinnacles and striking formations make this a dramatic dive site to explore. Stingrays and eagle rays are commonly found cruising the sandy bottom. Look out for barracudas, midnight parrotfish and king crabs.

 

 

 

 

Sea star channel

This site is ideal as training site as we begin our dive in the sandy shallows at around 7ft, we weave our way through the shallow corral heads to the west and down into the channel. The channel has got its name from the abundance of cushioned sea stars that lye in the base of the channel, this is a good area for spotting southern sting rays which on murky days are many. Follow the channel out keeping to the slope in your right hand side the sand slope soon turns into coral heads which multiply until you reach a shallow wall at around 25ft, follow this till you reach an entrance between two coral heads which take you into a wide canyon bowl. Around the entrance we have seen eagle rays on numerous occasions. The middle of the bowl goes down to around 80ft and the topography inside changes into a rocky environment, look under the rocks for toadfish. After exploring inside the canyon bowl, take the same route back.

 

The Labyrinth

 

There’s something for everyone at the Labyrinth, it starts with a shallow area of 40ft perfect for beginners and slowly slopes down to 60 feet. Hidden in a big hole in the rock, a spotted drum patrols his territory among schools of glassy sweepers. The sandy canyons winding through towering rock formations provide thrilling swim-throughs.

Depth range: 5 – 18 meter (15 – 60 feet)
Experience required: Beginner, intermediate for swim-throughs.

 

Mongoose

Mongoose is a site that like Dolphins Den takes you from the inside of the reef to the outside, the mooring sits in about 10ft of water. This dive site is an impressive canyon, and the cracks and crevices provide hiding places for many different sea creatures look out for eels and spotted drums. Also keep an eye out for rays around the entrance to mongoose as they have been frequently spotted. The site goes down to between 70 and 80ft.

 

 

Underground dive site on Roatans north sideThe Underground

 

Located alongside one of the channels through the reef, this dive site turns into a tunnel at 20ft with numerous cracks letting sunlight stream in, opening out into the deep channel reaching 80ft, where you can find starfish, anemones & rays.

Depth range: 5 – 25 meter (15 – 80 feet)
Experience required: Beginner, intermediate for swim throughs.

 

 

 

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click for larger pictureRoatan North Side Dive Sites
dive them out of
Palmetto Bay or Turquoise Bay

 

 

 

One Minute West

A bowl of sand at forty-feet surrounded by vertical walls of coral. OMW offers a great training site for new students or those who want to refresh their skills.  For experienced divers, the wall is just a short swim from the mooring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canyonlands

 A series of natural cracks in the reef plunge from the reef fringe down to the reef wallThese canyons and slots provide unique access to the reef wall.  The maze of canyons offers the chance to make multiple dives at this site.  For intermediate to experienced divers.

 

 

 

 

Magic Bobby

This site has unique topography that allows for multiple dives to this location without seeing the same thing twice!  Tunnels, large cracks, and overhangs offer something for both novice and experienced divers alike.

 

 

 

Milk Jug

Named for the buoy that once marked this location, Milk Jug is visited by a small number of divers and offers the chance to see a wide variety of fish and corals.  For divers traveling with non-divers, this site also offers excellent snorkeling. Make your dive while your companion spends time snorkeling with our experienced boat captain!

 

 

 

Caity’s Corner

 

This site has a series of large sand patches broken by vibrant ridges of coral.  Watch for the large nurse shark and Moray eels that inhabit this area.  This dive offers excellent opportunities for photography.  A great site for all levels of experience.
 

 

 

 

Keyhole

This slot canyon is one of our most popular sites.  The canyon heads from the mooring up through the reef fringe and ends inside the lagoon.  The canyon narrows at the top as you near the reef creating a cathedral like feeling.  Watch for green starfish and large snappers throughout the dive.  Be sure to swim upside-down for a spectacular view of sunlight streaming through the narrowing overhangs!  Recommended for experienced divers.

 

 

Palmetto Channel

Located right in front of the resort, the channel is a natural canyon running from the lagoon to the reef wall. A great, twisting, turning dive where many snappers, grouper, and barracuda tend to congregate.  This dive offers a little of everything that makes diving Roatan great; sand patch in the lagoon, a canyon, and the reef wall. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moray Lagoon

As the name implies, keep your eye out for free swimming Moray eels.  This dive site has some great drift diving with a generally mild current.  A great dive for divers of all levels of experience.

 

 

 

 

Devil’s Cauldron

This is a great dive for experienced divers with good buoyancy control or those divers who take the Peak Performance Buoyancy class.  A narrow slot leads through the reef wall and opens into a large circular opening in the reef with interesting side slots and overhangs.

 

Mickey’s Place

Another of our sites that offers great diving for you and snorkeling for your non-diving companion.  Sand chutes lead to the reef wall that has a wide variety of sponges and corals.  Watch the holes and cracks for the Caribbean King crabs that inhabit this area. An excellent dive site for divers of all experience levels.

 

 

 

 

Shipwreck

Named for the remains of an old steamer that sits atop the reef fringe.  This dive offers great wall diving with a wide variety of fish, corals, and sponges.  Underwater photographers will find a great deal of subjects between fifteen feet and forty feet.  Watch for Spotted Eagle Rays and Southern Sting Rays in the sand at the base of the wall.

 

Sponges dive site by Turquoise Bay ResortJulian’s Wall

A great dive near shipwreck for experienced divers interested in the corals, sponges, and other unique creatures that inhabit the reef wall. Ask Julian what makes this dive special when you arrive at the dive shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odyssey WreckOdyssey Wreck

Roatan's biggest wreck lies at 110 ft in a big sand patch next to a beautiful reef wall. The bow of the wreck is sitting upright while the superstructure of the stern is sitting at a 30 degree angle which makes swimming through it quite interesting. The midsection has collapsed from the powerful surge of several cold fronts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roatan South Side Dive Sites
We keep a boat on the South Side to offer you below dives

Prince Albert Wreck

inside the Prince Albert wreckThe Prince Albert is an island freighter, with an intact superstructure, that sank in Roatan sometime in 1987. Many years of algae and soft coral growth now cover the 42 meter (140-foot) hull and a large collection of fish species have found their home in the cave-like structure. The wreck is sitting in a channel only 5 minutes boat ride away from the dive shop. She lies upright in 26 meter (85 feet) of water on a sloping white sandy  The Prince Albert is the first wreck in Roatan sunk for divingbottom close to the fringing reef. She is an interesting and save wreck to explore and no lights are required to enter the wreck. The deck hatches are open and penetration is possible through most openings. You may find thousands of silversides hovering inside and drift together in large schools, forming a shimmering synchronized display for the watcher. Near the wreck life’s a colony of garden eels.

Wing of an old Roatan airplane
There is also a DC-3 airplane with an intact fuselage close by.

The wreck is completely covered with coralsDepth range: 10 – 18 meter / 35 – 60 feet
Experience required: Intermediate
Visibility: medium to excellent depending on tide

Interested in wreck diving check out the wreck diving day
Interested in the facts about the wrecks

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Mary’s Place

Cut at Mary's Place the most famous dive site in RoatanDiver in a little tunnel at Mary's Place Mary’s Place is probably the most famous dive on Roatan. The site was created during a prehistoric volcanic activity. This activity broke of a huge chunk in the elbow like formation of the reef. This section is itself divided by other fissures to make an exotic undersea maze decorated with spectacular marine life. To protect this unique dive site, Mary's Place has been under a management plan, since 1997, designed to sustain this natural resource. Access is limited to one dive per diver and vacation. Divers need to prove good buoyancy control. A mooring buoy is positioned over an area of 20-foot depth at the edge of the coral wall that falls vertically over 100Seahorse at Mary's Place in Roatan feet (30 m) to a sandy slope and then fades into the dark abyss. A wide variety of sponges compete for space on the steep walls, including iridescent azure vase sponges, sizeable orange elephant ear sponges and dangling rope sponges. Deep-water gorgonians and black coral extend into the main fissure where fairy basslets and bluehead wrasse dart about their branches. Schools of yellowtail snapper, silversides and horse-eye jacks hang near the entrances of the fissures. Nurse sharks can be seen sleeping under ledges while schools of spadefish pass by. The fissures are up to 12 feet (4 m) wide and 100 feet (30 m) deep in places. Inside, light shimmers through fairy-tale formations and swim-throughs creating a dreamlike ambiance.

Depth range: 7 – 30 meter (20 – 100 feet)
Experience required Intermediate with good buoyancy control. 
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Pat’s Place

Diver entering a cutThe mooring is located in a 15 ft deep sand patch, only two minutes away from the dive shop. The sand patch by the way is a perfect spot for skills practice with student divers. One will start the dive heading west from the mooring where you’ll discover an amazingly large crack in the reef wall. You start your descent at about 30-ft and exit the crack at 70-ft, from there you swim under large wall overhangs and outcroppings. It is incredible; you look up and see spectacular views made perfect by the reef wall outcrops, corals and schools-and-schools of tropical fish. You look to the side and see massive sea fans, in fact there are an unusual amount of large sea fans on the dive, Coming out of the crack, you continue swimming along the wall and find an amazing swim-through that begins at 100-ft. You ascended through this incredible tunnel in the reef wall, the exit is at 50-ft…. what a dive! On your way back to the mooring you’ll spot a few more smaller canyons.

Depth range: 5 – 30 meter (15 – 100 feet)
Experience required Intermediate with good buoyancy control.
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Insidious Reef

Piller corals at Insidious ReefMost of the dives from Roatan are made along the fringing reef, which parallels the shoreline, but Insidious Reef is located on a crest half a mile south of the reef. Its sheer plunging wall is exquisite and pristine. The top of the reef is in deep water, starting at 16 – 18 m (55 – 60 ft) From the top of the crest the wall literally drops into the abyss of the Bartlett Trench to more than 1500m (5000ft) At the reef crest, ridge after ridge is punctuated with huge forests of staghorn and pillar corals. On the fore reef, enormous boulder corals form shingled overhangs and ledges. Black coral and azure vase sponges grow in profusion. There is nothing like gliding by a black coral forest to stimulate excitement. Deepwater lace adds character and beauty to an already fabulous cliff structure.

The marine life here is that usually associated with deeper offshore waters. Sea turtles grace the scenery. Black crinoids sit atop large barrel sponges. Queen and ocean triggerfish, scrawled filefish, and schools of jacks, tobacco fish, hogfish, blackcap basslets, and black durgeons are abundant. Occasional sharks may be seen passing by.

Depth range: 16 – 40 meter (55 – 130 feet)
Experience required: Intermediate
diver swiming through calvin's crackCalvin’s Crack

This is one of the most popular dive sites on Roatan. The mooring is in 22’ and the crack is to the west of it. The entrance is awkward but not really small. If a diver is worried they can enter further down the crack, where the tunnel widens up and is completely free of overhangs. The depth of the crack goes from 26’ to almost 85’. You can exit the crack at 60’ or 80’ but you must be careful not to harm the wire coral.


Depth range: 7 – 26 meter (22 – 85 feet)
Experience required: Intermediate with good buoyancy control.
 

 

Shark Dive

Or “Face to Face” as the dive site name comes right to the point. Not for the faint hearted but a must for those seeking the ultimate adventure and adrenaline rush. Sit down in the sandy patch at 70 feet and admire the play of up to 15 elegant gray reef sharks as they are being fed by an experienced shark divemaster. At the site you will also see an abundance of large schools of Horse Eye Jacks, Queen Triggerfish, Atlantic Spade Fish and Groupers.

This dive is offered by Waihuka Diving in Las Palmas and we are happy to arrange it for our weekly guests. Learn more about the shark dive in Roatan.

Unfortunately or luckily, depending on the point few, sharks are rarely seen on other dive sites.

Fort Cay Wall

deep water gorgonias at Fort Cay WallThis can be one of the most exiting dives because of the chance of large pelagics and big schools of fish.

The mooring is in a sand channel which turns into a canyon and brings you to the wall that is divided into different shelves and drops dramatically into the abyss. There is a chance for strong currant here, but usually there is none. The spectacular underwater topography offers much black coral as well as big deep water gorgonians and huge sponges.

We often do this dive on our day trip to the Pigeon Cay's.

Depth range: 7 – 40 meter (20 – 130 feet)
Experience required: Beginner to Intermediate
  

Missing Link, 40 Foot Point or “Fish Soup”

Horse Eye Jack'sAtlantic Spade Fish are very common on the south shore of RoatanForty foot point is the official “fish soup” but if there is a boat tied up we can dive missing link instead. If diving to the east from 40’ point or to the west from Missing Link, either way you will end up on a point on the reef with a slight upwelling that brings up nutrition and that's why there gather a lot of fish. You might see large Tiger Groupers being cleaned and then you might notice huge schools of Creole Wrasse. They are usually at the top of the reef in about 30-40’. Once you start to see a lot of fish hover motionless nearby you are at fish soup, one might see schools of Atlantic Spadefish, Horse Eye Jacks, Ocean Triggerfish, Bermuda Chup, Blue Chromis and big black Groupers passing by. If you don’t see a lot of fish have a look in the deep crevices of the wall for lobster and crab.

Depth range: 7 – 30 meter (20 – 100 feet)
Experience required: Beginner

Doc's Dive

 

Little cave at Doc's Dive Overhang at Doc'c DiveLike most of the dives on the south shore, Doc's Dive begins in shallow water (about 15' / 5 m) and the wall extends to depths of more than 100' / 30 m. As you swim along the wall, there are a few swim-throughs and chimneys to explore, This dive is most stunning in the shallows where you can explore from one sand chute to the next, looking for all of the sandy bottom life like jaw fish, scorpion fish, flounder and occasional nurse sharks and enjoying the abundance of the healthy corals like elkhorn, staghorn, lettuce and others. The lettuce corals are home to some of the most beautiful reef fish including yellowtail damselfish, red spotted hawk fish, golden tail moray and red lipped blennies. Enjoy the wall, but save plenty of dive time for the top of the reef.

 

Depth range: 5 – 30 meter (15 – 100 feet)
Experience required: Beginner, intermediate for swim throughs.

 

Morat Wall (Barbareta Wall)

 

Morat Wall between Roatan and BarbaretaMorat Wall is one of the most exciting dives in the Bay Islands. The 3 miles long offshore reef offers great drift diving. Due to its far distance from settlements and most dive operators this site has a healthy collections of large sponges, almost pristine communities of elkhorn and staghorn corals, as well as large outcrops of star, brain and plate corals.

The vertical wall is broken by numerous sand chutes and covered with large barrel, vase and rope sponges. Black coral dominate the depths.

There is also a good chance to see large pelagics like nurse sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, tarpon and tuna.

This dive can only be done on our day trip to the Pigeon Cay's.

Depth range: 12 – 30 meter (40 – 100 feet)
Experience required: Intermediate

 

 

 

 

 


 

Black Corals can be found on most dives in Roatan
This rare coral, in its live form, looks nothing like the jewelry. The exterior sheath of this plant-like creature is usually an earth tone of green, gold or tan rather than black. Tiny, delicate polyps branch off thin stems like fern fronds, camouflaging the hard core inside. Most black coral trees spread to about 1 meter (3 ft) in diameter. Even at this size, the stems are quite small. It takes quite an aged colony to produce stems large enough to make jewelry. Although black coral will grow in waters as shallow as 9 meters (30 feet), it is more often found in deep water. This is partially due harvesting in shallower waters. Although black coral is rare at most locations in the Caribbean, it is found at many sites in Roatan.
In many places, including the United States, black coral sales are banned because this slow-growing coral is vanishing. The reefs surrounding Roatan are protected, so the jewelry crafted and sold locally is harvested elsewhere or illegally. Despite where the coral was removed, you may choose to appreciate this unique species alive rather than as jewelry. 

Do not buy Black Coral, shells or pieces of corral!

On requests we will dive any sites around Roatan.

 

 

Maya Tours and Guides - Central America

There are many beautiful tours in the land of the Mundo Maya. This incredible civilization left huge remains that are accessible through incredible jungle forest. Many types of birds, reptiles, and plants and flowers of incredible diversity await you. Bring your binoculars, and get some good ones. With this once in a lifetime treat, you will not want to miss anything! Take a walk through the pyramids of the Yucatan, and marvel at the wonders of this advanced civilization.  Take a  trip up the New River to the large Maya settlement of Lamanai. Birding, Maya tours, diving, fishing, trips to the mainland, the Belize Zoo, nature conservatories, the wonder of Belize is endless.

You can use San Pedro as a base to tour much of Belize, including other cayes and much of the mainland. You can even do a day trip to Tikal. Most hotels will help you arrange tours and guides. Prices, schedules and destinations change regularly, depending on the weather, the season, the particular guide and how many other people want to go, so it's best to wait until you get on the island to make your tour plans.