Roatan Honduras Scuba Diving
The diving in Roatan Honduras is an excellent mix of macro and pelagic life on the second largest barrier reef, offering something for every diver on a Roatan liveaboard.
Your Roatan liveaboard cruise will dive the sites of the Bay Islands of Honduras and they offer some great diving. As part of the second largest barrier reef in the world that has formed from Yucatan following the Caribbean coast to Honduras. There are eight islands with numerous cays and fringing reef surrounding the volcanos that result in canyons and tunnels underwater. The sheer size of the reef structure attracts copious amounts of marine life with a broad diversity of fish and other interesting aquatic creatures.
The marine park of Roatan island covers 13km of coastline and was formed in 1988. The RMP (Roatan Marine Park) was recognised in 2008 after gaining an NGO status. Money is raised via voluntary marine park “user” fees and a variety of fundraising activities. This essential conservation work is aiding in sustaining the Honduras scuba diving sites and preserving the marine life found within.
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Roatan Honduras Scuba Diving - 1 LIVEABOARDS
Roatan dive sites range from canyons, trenches and caves to walls and reefs along with deep water seamounts and some wrecks. Coral is in excellent condition with many examples of black coral trees to be found here.
Marine life here is diverse and includes whale sharks, reef sharks, dolphins and turtles, reef fish, rays, seahorses, moray eels, blennies and boxfish. Critter enthusiasts will enjoy the shrimps, crabs, lobsters, flatworms and other macro life.
Best Places to Dive in Roatan Honduras
A Roatan Liveaboard offers diving around the islands cays, seamounts, reefs and wrecks during the week-long cruise. Roatan scuba diving is varied, and there is something for every diver on board. Many wrecks are located underwater here, and all are covered in corals and marine life within the recreational dive limits. Whale sharks are often seen on some of the Roatan dive sites within the season. Caves, caverns and overhangs offer crevices for macro life enthusiasts
With warm tropical water and very clear water, Roatan scuba diving should be on every diver's must-see list.
Best Dive Sites in Roatan Honduras
One of the best dive sites, unique and famous sites in the area and should not be missed on any Roatan Liveaboard. A wall dive that is separated from the main reef with a crack offers many canyons are here with coral overhangs, black coral, giant sea fans, rope and tube sponges. Look for seahorses, octopus, and many critters inside the crevices of the site. Marine fish include butterflyfish, angelfish, anemone fish, turtles and eagle rays.
Hole in the Wall
Another unique topography dive found in Roatan Honduras. Known for the ‘swiss cheese’ rock formations with many swim throughs to be enjoyed by divers during this shark patrolled dive site.
El Aguila Wreck
One of the many wrecks offered by the Roatan dive sites for guests to enjoy. Covered in corals and swarming with marine life this 75m broken up cargo vessel is one not to be missed.
Also known as Dolphin’s Den is named after the skeletal remains of the 13 dolphins trapped in a cavern in 2007 that unfortunately got disorientated in the bait ball and perished. The skeletal remains of these unlucky mammals can still be seen in the tunnel system filled with silversides shinning in the natural light entering via holes in the walls.
The Cayman Trench
A dramatic walls and healthy reefs that have black corals, cracks and crevices. This area is famous for whale sharks and dolphins.
Roatan Scuba Diving Highlights
- Common sightings - Whale sharks, sharks, barracuda
- Special sightings - Dolphins, frogfish, mandarin fish, harlequin shrimp
- Topography - Seamounts, reefs, walls, wrecks
- Visibility - 30m+
- General information - Honduras is suitable for all level of divers, but some wrecks may require a specific certification for penetration.
- Onboard options - Land excursion option
Best Time to Go
Roatan scuba diving is a year-round destination with a tropical climate with minimal temperature variation.
The rainy season is November to April, with hurricanes possible June to November.
Water temperature is 27 to 30C, so a 3mm shorty wetsuit is suitable for most guests.
How to Get There
Many airlines fly direct from the US to Roatan International Airport (RTB)
The only liveaboard in Roatan does not provide transfers from hotels or the airport for boarding or disembarkation. There are taxis availible at the airport which take around 20 mins to reach the boarding point. If you arrive early your hotel can assist you in reaching the boarding point.
There are two morning dives on the penultimate day of your cruise, to allow for no fly time fro your onward travel.
Local time vs GMT
What to pack
Food and drink
Honduran Lempira (HNL)
On entry for most nationalities
Spanish and English is spoken widely
Roatan International Airport (RTB)
Suncream, lightweight and beach apparel
23 - 27 C daytime, 21 - 24 C evenings
Rice, beef, tortillas and beans