Best scuba diving on Roatan

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Flower’s Bay Wall – Flowers Bay

Flowers are about the only thing you won’t see on this spectacular vertical wall dive! Shallow crest then the wall drops vertically down into the darkness. Lobster, crabs and an occasional nurse shark. 15′-150′

Church House Reef – Flowers Bay

Church isn’t just on Sundays anymore. You’ll want to dive this phenomenal wall more than once! Large barrel sponges, sea fans and sea rods, along the black coral. Groupers, snappers and other pelagic fish, might even see a eagle ray and nurse shark. 15′-150′

Keyhole – Flowers Bay

A magnificent wall dive with a large variety of fish. This is a great way to start your day! Look for big ceros and mackerels along the wall. 15′-150′

Pablo’s Place – West Point

A wonderful opportunity for drift diving exists here at the western tip of the island. The nearly-vertical reef wall starts at approximately 50 feet and descends beyond recreational limits. An abundance of black coral colonies are easy to spot along the reef wall as well as large barracudas, yellowtail snapper and trumpetfish. 15′-160′

Herbie’s Place – West Bay

Large barrel sponges and an abundance of fish make this a spectacular wall dive. The current helps make this some of the healthiest coral on the island! 40′

West End Wall – West Bay

This site is a beautiful wall dive with several coral outcroppings along the base of the wall as well as numerous cuts in the reef near the crest. Meeting the base of the wall at about 90 feet is a sandy bottom which continues downward at a gentle slope, providing an excellent hunting ground for the southern stingray as well as spotted eagle rays. The reef crest is densely packed with numerous varieties of stony corals intermingling with the gorgonians and allows for excellent snorkeling. 40′-140′

Black Rock – West Bay

A continuation of West End Wall, this site also provides an outstanding environment for the king crab with numerous fissures in the reef wall. Be on the lookout for some of the smaller reef creatures, such as the arrow crab with its blue claws as well as many of the different types of shrimp, including the banded coral shrimp and squat anemone shrimp. Named for a piece of iron shore jutting out into the water. A great wall dive, abundance of soft and hard corals and lots of fish. Be sure to keep your eyes out on the deep blue! 25′-100′

Mandy’s Eel Garden – West End

Right off of beautiful West Bay beach. As the name suggests, this site is known for the large fields of small garden eels which are located at the base of the wall with their burrows in the sandy slope. There are also opportunities to spot the larger eels, such as the green and the chain morays in the reef wall and swim-thrus. Keep on the lookout for peacock flounder in the sandy, shallower areas, as well as seahorses and pipefish in the surrounding corals. An amazing spot for both diving and snorkeling! This dive has a lot of fish good for beginners. 20′-80′

Temptation Reef – West Bay

Temptation reef is a shallow site with a sandy patch. This site is often used for training and glass bottom boat tours. The top of the reef meets a sloping wall which descends to a sandy bottom. The wall has lots of squirrelfish, Creole wrasse, blue tangs and angel fish. Also keep an eye out for southern stingrays and eagle rays as they are sometimes spotted on the top of the reef.10′-120′

Butcher’s Bank – West Bay

This mix of coral gardens and sandy areas is a great place to explore. A sandy area with lots of patch coral, this is an excellent spot for viewing the southern stingray as well as being great barracuda hunting ground. Also, the dense coral leading out to the reef wall is a good area to see hawksbill and green turtles foraging thru the sponges. Nurse sharks rest in the crevices under the coral at this site. An old fashioned sewing machine, which now makes habitat instead of clothes, can be found on the sandy bottoms here. 50′-90′

Herbies Fantasy – Tabayana – West Bay

In most literature, this site is called Herbie’s Fantasy, however, local divers know the site as Tabayana.  In most literature, this site is called Herbies Fantasy. An extremely versatile site with shallow reef packed with stony corals to sandy patches containing multitude of coral heads to the reef wall down to the sandy bottom which slopes down beyond recreational limits. You may see nudibranchs, lobster, snails and turtles, yellow headed jaw fish hovering above their burrows in the sand. This is also the place to go looking for stingrays, eagle rays and the occasional nurse shark resting under one of the numerous coral overhangs. 40′-80′

Puncher’s Paradise – West Bay

The patch coral, you will find several cleaning stations of cleaner shrimp waiting in corkscrew anemones. Often there are various types of groupers, including the Nassau grouper being groomed here. This is also a great spot to see the smooth trunkfish blowing divots in search for food in the sand. A gradual decline to the ocean affords a great habitat for the southern stingray and spotted eagle ray. 35′-90′

Deep Seaquest – West Bay

The wall at this site looks over a very gradual sandy slope. With its perfect light, it is an ideal location to see the southern stingray and spotted eagle rays. Thick coral lines the wall where one has endless opportunities to discover neck crabs, a type of decorated crab as well as trumpet fish, bearded fire worms and trunkfish. Big dog snapper as well as Atlantic spadefish are seen here. 50′-90′

Sea Quest – West Bay

You will find both a shallow and a deep wall, it’s a great spot for a day or night dive! This site also offers some top-notch snorkeling. 20′-45′ & 50′-90′

Turtle Crossing- West Bay

Directly outside LBR to the left. Densely packed patch coral at this site provides excellent habitat for everything from turtles to eels to lobster and other crustaceans. Here a diver will find two sandy plateaus at 20 feet and at 45 feet, home to sand divers, jawfish and flounders. The site then drops off to a sloping wall, descending beyond recreational limits, and allows ample opportunity to look for reef-dwelling creatures along this turtle highway!. 40′-150′

Octopus Acre – West End

Located directly in front of LBR to the right. The reef at this site begins at approximately 25 feet, drops down a small wall to a plateau with densely packed, thick fingers of patch corals which are covered with giant barrel sponges as well the delicate azure vase sponges. The plateau continues out to the wall, which drops to about 120 feet and is a great location to view sheet corals and icing sponges. Keep your eyes peeled for the oceanic triggerfish along with turtles, trunkfish and filefish at this site, so lots of fish and a good chance of seeing a nurse shark. This site makes a great turtle-hunting afternoon dive! 40′-150′

Bikini Bottom – West End

This site has a bit of everything. At the base of this wall, the sandy plateau is filled with coral heads which leads to the out to the larger deeper wall. You might see yellow head jaw fish, lobsters and crabs, parrotfish and basslets and large schools of blue tangs, which come to the reef to feed. 20′-60′

The Bite – West End

The coral-lover’s dream! Due to the wide array of corals spread far and wide at this site, even experienced divers will have their navigation skills tested. The site starts from the mooring in 20 feet of water and descends along a small wall to a gradually sloping plateau which is covered by many types of stony corals, including staghorn, elkhorn, star and fire corals. The reef wall begins at approximately 65 feet and drops beyond recreational limits. There are two coral-filled canyons separated by a coral finger at this site, either of which a diver would be able to spend an entire dive exploring, makes for good navigation skills. 20′-60′.

Blue Channel – West End

Swim thru this V-shaped channel is teeming with life. The sandy areas under the mooring line are great for checking out the territorial sand tile fish, yellow and blue headed wrasses looking for tidbits in the sand, as well as yellow-headed jawfish poking out of their holes. Further into the channel, dramatic reef walls rise from the 45 foot bottom to the surface. The cuts, shelves, and swim-thrus here are great spots to look for groupers, schoolmasters, porcupine fish, green moray eels and large masses of silversides. Scattered gorgonians with flamingo tongue snails as well as the rare black-spotted sea goddess await discovery in the Blue Channel. The sides of the channel are very shallow, making this a top snorkeling location too! 30′-45′

El Aquario – West End

A great site composed of a sandy, coral-filled canyon leading to the wall, which starts at approximately 60 feet. As the name implies, this is a popular congregation point for several of the fish species that dominate the reef. Large schools of blue tang, schoolmasters, doctorfish, surgeonfish and the occasional permit are often spotted here. The coral heads here give you a fabulous opportunity to look for all the “small things”, like an aquarium. Be sure to take your head out of the reef often or risk missing a turtle swimming by! 20′-150′

Lighthouse Reef – West End

A wonderfully complete dive site! From the crest, the reef forms a wide plateau with sandy areas interspersed throughout and then leading to the wall, which descends to approximately 80 feet. Flower coral, cup corals and sea rods dominate the plateau while the wall is filled with sheet coral. Divers are likely to see barracuda, butterflyfish, angelfish, hogfish among a host of other reef-dwelling creatures. A shallow mooring makes this site a great choice for snorkeling, a relaxing afternoon dive or a night dive. Sand patches start at 15 feet and the top of the wall is at 40 feet. This is a great dive as part of your Open Water course! This dive has it all. 25′-110′

Dixie’s Place – West End

Easy access to deep water occasionally brings pelagics to this site. As the name suggests, this is a truly wonderful wall dive with black coral sea fans, large sponge and well-established sea rods. The wall begins at about the 60 foot mark and descends vertically to beyond recreational limits. The mooring at this site is over a sandy patch in approximately 50 feet of water. The sand is full of coral heads and the surrounding fingers of reef form a natural barrier around the sandy area, creating a kind of large coral canyon, in which a diver could spend an entire dive exploring for lobsters, eels, anemone and other marine life. 40′-160′

Half Moon Bay Wall – West End

Easy access to deep water occasionally brings pelagics to this site. A swim-thru at 70 feet takes you from the outside of the wall to the inside where you can explore channels running towards shore. Fabulous wall dive with black coral sea fans, large sponges and sea rods, happy hunting 40′-160′

Divemaster’s Choice – West End

A great site for snorkeling as well as diving, teeming with fish life. The reef crests at a depth of less than 10 feet, drops gradually to a plateau at about 40 feet before reaching the wall which descends on a slope to beyond recreational limits. The plateau is home to indigo hamlets, sunshine fish and the occasional spadefish, in addition to a variety of crustaceans. Once a diver reaches the wall, it is possible to scan the base of the wall for cruising eagle rays and other large pelagics. 40′-130′

Hole in the Wall – West End

One of the signature dives on Roatan’s North coast, this site has something for every experience level. The shallows house some very interesting rock formations, swim-thrus and hiding spots, while the chute leading down the face of the wall drops steeply to 140 feet. A short swim out from the base of the wall affords a glimpse into the abyss of the Cayman Trench, ancient waterfall, descending vertically to over 2000 feet. Upwellings at this site may bring some of the larger pelagics into the observant diver’s view and make for some very good opportunities for seeing creatures not typically seen in more shallow depths. 30′-200′

Canyon Reef – West End

This site is so-named due to the series of coral fingers running perpendicular to the shoreline, creating a series of cuts in the reef or ‘canyons.’ These coral fingers descend from the ironshore and the cuts are up to 25 feet from top to bottom and create the effect of having a reef wall on both sides. Keep an eye out for the common octopus, spotted drum fish, trumpet fish and banded coral shrimp. Great for snorkeling too! 25′-120′

Fish Den – West End

This site’s mooring is attached to a piece of pinnacle coral in the center of a horseshoe-shaped canyon with the open end leading to the sloping wall, which descends beyond recreational limits. The elusive slipper lobster is occasionally found at this site along with drum fish, mantis shrimp and spiny lobsters. An excellent location for seeing brain coral, elkhorn coral and star coral. 30′-140′

Gibson Bight – Gibson Bight

Do you know what a bight is? Come to Luna Beach and we will explain! This site begins very shallow at less than 10 feet with numerous coral fingers leading toward the ocean, forming a series of ravines in the reef. The shallows are home to several varieties of stony coral, including pillar coral, boulder coral and fire coral. The wall drops to below 130 feet and may be nearly vertical in many places. Stay on the lookout for pufferfish or balloonfish as well as large dog snappers at this location. 25′-100′

Melissa’s Reef – Sandy Bay

Characterized by large cuts or ravines in the reef, this site provides the impression of having a wall on each shoulder when a diver travels through these cuts. Several of the cuts reach 35 feet in height and permit a diver to look for both reef-dwelling creatures in the sides of the cuts as well as bottom dwellers at the base of the cuts. The wall itself is covered with sheet coral and drops beyond recreational limits. You’ll enjoy this dive even if you’re not Melissa! 35′-110′

Overheat Reef – Sandy Bay

A continuation of the wall from Gibson Bight and Melissa’s Reef, this site is distinguished by a large coral outcropping which rises from the sea floor and reaches to approximately 80 feet. The wall at this site is characterized by large sea fans and several large sheet coral colonies providing habitat for eels and king crabs. The base of the wall meets the sandy, sloping bottom at approximately 120 feet, from where it continues its drop to beyond recreational limits. 25′-140′

Green Outhouse Reef – Sandy Bay

Named for a green outhouse that used to grace the shore, this site makes a great wall dive but don’t forget to check out the wide canyons before you drop over the wall! The mooring at this site rests in 15 feet of water over numerous stony coral colonies and then begins a gradual descent to the wall, starting in about 40 feet of water. There are small cuts which provide habitat for lobsters, crabs and several varieties of juvenile fish. The wall is characterized by sheet corals amongst the sea rods and fans. A close look may reward the diver with a view of flamingo tongue snails or one of the several varieties of nudibranchs found in Roatan’s waters. 15′-120′

Pillar Coral – Sandy Bay

A minor misnomer because this site contains very little pillar coral, however coral fans need not be discouraged as there are masses of lettuce leaf, boulder, star, maze and brain corals in the shallows of this location. The mooring rests in about 20 feet of water and leads to the wall on a gradual decline. The wall is nearly vertical at most places and provides housing for eels, clinging crabs, clams and oysters. This is a fantastic site to drift dive, leading to the wreck of the El Aguila. This is a great snorkeling site too 15′-120′

El Aguila – Sandy Bay

“The Eagle”, a 220 foot cargo ship sunk in 1997, resting in about 100 feet of water. Be sure to have a look at the fields of garden eels in the sand which surrounds the stern of the wreck. The ship itself is home for several green morays, seen often on the bow of the ship and occasionally free-swimming among divers! The wreck is also surrounded by a reef wall which drops down to 90 feet and rises nearly to the surface, providing additional sights to be seen after the time at depth has been spent. Home to many large parrot fish, groupers and a couple of famous moray eels. 20′-110′

Mike’s Place – Sandy Bay

There are both a shallow and a deep wall nearby, this site has a place for everyone! This is a great dive for those wishing to brush up on their navigation skills. Like The Bite, this site appears to be nothing but coral! From the mooring at about 25 feet, the reef begins a gradual descent to approximately 100 feet. Several coral ridges and overhangs characterize this site and make it a site that not everyone dives, but one that should not be overlooked. Popular night dive. 25′-100′

Deep Eel Garden – Sandy Bay

Popular night dive site. 20′-110′

Front Porch – Sandy Bay

Right in Front of AKR, a great place to see dolphins.   Diving over these sandy areas you will spot sand dwellers such as southern stingray or peacock flounder.  A great night dive site, watch for spiny lobster and Caribbean octopus that come out at night.   20′-70′

Peter’s Place – Sandy Bay

This site offers a mini-wall rising from 40 feet and a large variety of fish. This site can be your own personal aquarium! A great drift dive. 25′-140′

Bear’s Den – Sandy Bay

This site offers both a swim-thru and a cave.The cave is big enough to hold several divers. A good place to see eagle rays and black coral, sea whips and fans. Giant sponges cover the wall. This is sure to be a dive you’ll be talking about on the boat ride back! 20′-90A wonderfully long swim-thru of approximately 100 feet starts this dive and exits the reef wall at approximately 55 feet. The wall itself is nearly vertical and descends to beyond recreational limits. A great location to see the spotted eagle ray cruising along the base of the wall in addition to the channel clinging crab hanging upside-down under the sheet coral. A good place to see eagle rays and black coral, sea whips and fans. Giant sponges cover the wall. This is sure to be a dive you’ll be talking about on the boat ride back! 20′-90′’

White Hole – Sandy Bay

This site is named for the large white sand patch that you drop in on before heading off to explore the magnificent coral heads nearby. watch for shrimp, lobster, anemones and encrusting sponges. This site is typically run as a wall dive with the reef dropping to approximately 120 feet, while the reef forms a plateau at about the 60 foot mark. The site affords dramatic views into the open ocean in addition to the many creatures within the wall itself. On the plateau there are endless opportunities to explore for shrimps, lobsters, anenomes and encrusting sponges. 15′-100′

Spooky Channel – Sandy Bay

This site is aptly named due to the diminished visibility, resulting from the narrow opening of the channel, which concentrates the sediment and particulates from the lagoon into the channel. The reef here is very porous, creating ample opportunity for swim-thrus as well as hiding places for crabs, eels and lobsters. Exiting the channel thru the sand chute provides a spectacular view into the open ocean as the reef wall drops off vertically. A dive light is not required, but is helpful for viewing into several of the crevices. Large groupers, snappers and barracudas like to great you at your safety stop on the way up. 20′-120′

Barry’s Reef – Sandy Bay

This is a great site for checking out pillar coral, also barrel sponge, midnight parrotfish, pork fish and many flamingo tongues.  Very shallow, so great for snorkeling.  30′-120′

Wrasse Hole – Sandy Bay

This site is multi-leveled and at each depth has something different to offer the diver. The reef begins just as you enter the water and will see brain coral and black durgeon. The small wall goes down 30′. At this point there are many crevices and labyrinth type formations where you will see lobster and spotted drum fish. The reef then forms a plateau there are crevices and sandy patches at 50′, then it goes down from there. 50′-120′

Four Sponges – Sandy Bay

This place is a really nice wall dive with plenty of fish and many different corals and sponges, The edge of the wall sits at around 30/40ft so it is a great site for all levels of experience. 50′-130′

Double D Wall – Sandy Bay

Current dive. 50′-150′

Stoval’s Serenity – Sandy Bay

20′-120′

The Odyssey – Sandy Bay

A 300 foot freighter in 110 feet of water. This boat is 50 feet wide and 85 feet tall. It was sunk in November 2002 and offers a great number of places to penetrate. Barracuda and blue parrot fish will be waiting for your arrival. 110′

Chaz’s Choice – Sandy Bay

Drift dive area. 30′-120′

Tuk’s Treasure – Sandy Bay

Drift Dive Area 20′-110′

Mary’s Place – South Shore

Perhaps Roatan’s most famous crevices, they were created as a result of volcanic activity. On your way to the fissures, be sure to look for the small stuff, like the flamingo tongues which grace the sea fans! 20′-100′

Cemetery Wall – Brick Bay

35′-160′

Insidious Reef – Dixon Cove

This site is located off of the reef on an offshore bank and is now home to Roatan’s “Shark Dive”. 55′-130′

Forty-Foot Point – Dixon Cove

So named for its 40 foot depth under the boat. There is an abundant amount of fish. This site also hosts an impressive wall for those wishing to go deeper. 20′-100′

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