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Nightlife in Roatan is certainly not boring if it could be accused of not being a full on party. It sits very nicely in the middle and what you would call healthy. Scubadivers do like to let their hair down when younger so you will often find the instructors and divemasters at places like the blue marlin and sundowners.
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During easter time the island has an influx of Hondurans eager to party for Semana Santa then the island goes crazy busy and there are later nights for sure.

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"Are there places you can enter the water and dive from shore ? Also, do the dive shops only cater to those staying at resorts or cruise ships? We will be staying in first bight and seemingly the dive operators around do not take people from off premises, is this true? Any information you can provide would be great, thank you."

There are many excellent shops will take anyone not staying with them or from outside it matters not.

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In short you won't find many spots (dive sites) that can offer you this though I do know of some places you could have a reasonable shore dive, you might have a few problems getting some fills and you would need to register with the marine park in roatan. Coco view and Fantasy Island offer shore dives if you are staying with them.

The biggest problem is that the reef while close is mostly too far to swim out, At seagrapes point and cocolobo resort you can get pretty close to some dive spots off the top of my head seagrapes escape, divemasters choice and the famous deep dive of hole in the wall might be possible.

Safety would be a problem with a lengthy surface swim.

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It is difficult to book the shark dive if you are arriving to do the shark dive in Roatan.
The shark dive is booked usually a day in advance only (I think it saves them a complex admin scenario)and this presents the first challenge to getting a booking.

You can organise this through any local dive shop in Roatan not easy though if you arrive on a cruiseship. But we can get you a booking and if it gets cancelled we will offer you the next best thing a dive off of Roatans local reefs.

BUT we probably CAN get you booked on the Roatan Sharkdive. If you have your own equipment then prices are around 100 USD+12% tax depending on the operator. This doesn't include the marine park fee of $5 and transfers from the boat.

If you are interested in wrapping this up with a tour then contact this website and they will arrange everything for you so you can enjoy the most you can during your limited time AND GET A PICK UP AT THE CRUISESHIP and DROPOFF.

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We get many questions via email which is fine. The power of posting in a forum is much more powerful opening up the discussion to a bigger audience and allowing everyone to benefit from the good advice.

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Q "I would like to plan a dive vacation to Roatan in April or May and I'm hoping for some advice. I'm most interested in diving, but would like to see of of the sights in Honduras if possible. I'm a 30 year-old single woman and have been diving for 18 years. Where do you think would be best to stay where people would be friendly and the diving would be convenient? Is a particular month preferable?"

The best time to dive in Roatan is any outside the wet season. The wet season is not especially bad unless you are unlucky and the sky should be clear for a good part of the day. Rain upsets the normal excellent visibility of Roatan's diving. Those months will be fine and neither is better just watch out for Semana Santa (week before Easter Sunday) it is a great experience but yes it gets busy and depends on your preference west end gets a bit hecktic but I love it - and west bay gets a lot of awseome game of volley going.

As far as places to stay go please look around this site - anything on here is recommended.

Outside of Roatan I recommend a trip down to Copan Ruins takes a whole day to get there really if your lucky. You may need to arrange a stay somewhere inbetween. Copan is a nice area itself but people go to view the Mayan Ruins.

An excursion to the island of Utila makes for a good adventure, a smaller place than Roatan with a very different feel, worth diving there as well. Its popular with backpackers and people hoping to learn to dive very cheaply check out our initial advice on utila for more info on that place.

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Do I need to bring adaptors to Roatan for my electric equipment ?

The adaptors you will need if you are coming from europe are same ones as to fit US and Canada systems. Most laptops will work out and account for the different voltage. In Roatan its the 110v system but if you can have the space pack a surge protector. Your devices will plug straight in if you come from Canada or the USA.

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Roatan Weather gets breezes but in the hotter dryer months you can get odd days where she is damn hot ! Averaging out at 28C (82F) for the year, in the more tollerable rainny season the tropical winds and cloud cover bring this to yearly lows of 21C which is 70F. For which season then Mid October to February is Rainy. 

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Honduars including Roatan and all the other islands in on Central Time. Which is 6 hours behind GMT.

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Departure Tax - there is a slight sting in the tail as Roatan bids you 'see you soon' with a 38USD levvy and no its never included in your flight ticket.

Sales tax is 12% on goods purchased this is called ISV and is regular on most anything. 

For tourism related goods like rooms and restaurant bills then this rises by a further 4% for Tourist Tax making 16% as you will see listed on most websites and your receipts.