Roatan Dive Sites

Some of the most popular dive sites in Roatan with the thanks of the marine park in Roatan you can see the sheer number of dive sites available in the crocodile shaped Roatan.

Blue Channel Aerial View

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The blue channel is a dive site located in the west end and is a popular dive spot for the many local dive sites. It isn't particularly hard to dive. The dive site is around 30ft deep.

spooky channel

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The spooky channel will help you experience eerie things underwater. The underwater crevasse and dim light make it a perfect spot for a spooky corner. The depth of the channel is close to 10-storey, but the things start getting into you when you hit the 60 ft margin below the water.

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Dolphin’s Den is situated on the northern side of the island. This place is less crowded, but equally beautiful and filled with amazing corals. The coral canyons of Dolphin Den’s are quite similar to that of Mary’s Place.

Soft and hard coral can be found in Dolphin’s Den and in there you will come across the snapping shrimp, slipper lobster and anemones playing around. They sound and also look quite dangerous in the coral nook. The best part of this diving site is that it is not a known name among the novice divers, so you can enjoy the beauty of this marine life without any kind of disturbance.

west end wall

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This dive site is quite exciting for our fun diver. It is a short ride just out front of west bay on Roatan calm waters.

Dropping in you can descend the wall to your maximum dive depth - currents will gently drift you most likely towards TEXAS dive site. This is a good site to spot pelagic species such as Baracuda and maybe the ocassional wahoo. Turtles also are quite common.

Hole In The Wall

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A deep dive followed by a nice wall awaits you off the shore by seagrapes resort and lands end resort. You can follow this site down down to the depths that your training and gear will allow. For sport diving take it no more than 34m to be safe and enjoy the formation that makes for the 'hole'.
The hole is almost a tunnel that exits the wall at 100ft. Enjoy the sensation and make sure you have good buoyancy as you can get sucked down as your bcd gets crushed by the pressure here. It's a nice feeling all the same and quickly time to start ascending into the other part of the dive caverns and reef.

shark dive roatan cara a cara

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Want to get up, close, and personal with sharks, then the Roatan Shark dive at Cara a Cara is the perfect choice for you. Cara Cara means face to face in Spanish and it is exactly what it is. You will come face to face with the sharks of Roatan.

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This is a dive that is not overly taxing but if you like sandy bottoms with coral outcrops then you will love this site. You could dive this and miss the point entirely.

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This is a bunch of reef fingers slowly running into the deep (max depth 60 ft or 18m) so your profile takes you up and down (as you were taught not to) but at shallow enough depth that its a workable profile. Tons of places to hide for frog fish (listen out for them) but also some sandy areas. In short a dive where the time flies as it always does..

Mary's Place by Nick Turner

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Image thanks to Nick Turner

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It's claimed as the best dive site on Roatan- and that might be true if you get a few shots at it. I say this because its a condition dependant dive more than any other. The north and south currents combine here to give the unique blend that brings in the Sargassum Trigger fish a small bluish blighter that is a real find. Pelagics do their thing enjoying the conditions and showing up here like horseye jacks and barracudas.

eagle wreck

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There are 5 wrecks available to dive in Roatan 4 of which you can dive on air no problem. One of the easiest is el aguila dived from the west end usually or mid island on the northern shore. Hurricane Mitch took its toll on this site ripping it into 3 parts but they are still good parts and you will appreciate that this is a ship for sure. So not one of the wrecks where its a little hard to imagine.

The Eagle wreck or El Aguila in spanish is a popular dive site on the north coast of Roatan not far from Sandy Bay. It is a dive for many abilities and has a healthy reef to finish your dive on. The wreck has been split into 3 sections in 1998 as Hurricane Mitch hit Roatan.

Its not for the absolute beginner but you could enjoy this wreck with less than 20 dives but not penetrating it nor getting to the 112 ft of water it is in. Also not usually problematic with strong currents.

Try to spot: Morey Eel and large Groupers

A group of divers circling the bow usually towards the end of the dive just before hitting the shallower reef..[rons photos]

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In the video below you will see garden eels, blue tang and a nice sized black grouper. Thanks to the work of the Roatan Marine Park fish like this have some safety from fishing. Also there are nice Angel Fish and the scene in the video shows a green morey in shot with the grouper who appears to have joined the dive group.

Read more about the history from Subway Watersports here we couldnt say it better here.

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'The Cayos' extend off of Roatan's western tip south towards mainland Honduras. Smaller and less relevant from a tourism perspective makes them more interesting for divers.