Honduras and Roatan Dive Sites
Dive sites in Roatan, Honduras offer guests some great macro and pelagic life that can be enjoyed with the background of seamounts, tunnels, wrecks and caves.
The Bay Islands are the diver’s area of choice for Roatan dive sites. Here there are sheer walls, shallow reefs and lagoons to enjoy. The wreck dives, caves and tunnels and deep water seamounts offer some exciting options for divers on the liveaboard cruise.
Roatan dive sites remain uncrowded diving with relatively few vessels visiting the magnificent coral sites. A large variety of marine life from fabulous macro to pelagic can be enjoyed during your trip.
Divers can enjoy encounters with whale sharks, manta rays, reef sharks, turtles and eagle rays are common. The lucky divers on the liveaboard cruise will find dolphins, hammerheads, frogfish, seahorses and harlequin shrimp.
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Honduras and Roatan Dive Sites - 1 LIVEABOARDS
Mary’s Place is one of the most unique famous sites in Roatan and should not be missed. It is a wall with a deep crack which has separated a section from the main reef. 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.
El Aguila Wreck
The wreck is a 75m cargo vessel that after being savages twice due to storm damage was eventually scuttled in 1997 as a wreck for divers to enjoy. Initially, she sat upright at 30m of depth, but after hurricane damage in 1998, she has now split into three parts meaning more area for divers to enjoy.
There are large open compartments and swim-throughs as well as some dark crevices where lobster can hide. Fish life swarms the artificial reef with 15 to 20 groupers, blue parrotfish and resident green moray making their homes in it.
The structure is now starting covered in corals including black tree coral and mackerel, and cero can be found around it. There is a field of garden eels in the sandy bottom, and a wall close by that can be used to make the safety stop more interesting.
This wreck is the largest in not only Utila but one of the biggest wrecks in the Caribbean. At 90m in length, 15m in width and 26m tall she was a freighter that caught fire while being refitted. The damage was substantial, and she was donated by the owners to become a marine attraction for divers. After cleaning and making safe, she was sunk at Mud Hole in November 2002 and sits in 33m of water close to a wall.
She has collapsed over time, and now the midsection is flattened, with the bow still tall and the stern on a 30-degree angle. Holes were made for divers, but a wreck diver certification is recommended for penetration dives.
The wreck is home to groupers, tuna, jackfish, barracuda and sharks are often seen in the area.
Coco’s Sea Mount starts at 40m and descends to the deep, only available to divers by liveaboard the seamount has schools of jacks and chromis and eagle rays around it.
The Cayman Trench
The dramatic walls and healthy reefs that have black corals, cracks and crevices. This area is famous for whale sharks and dolphins.
A seamount starting at 10m and descending to 40m, there are many schooling fish here including barracuda and jacks, and there are resident Atlantic spadefish, creole wrasse and a turtle. On the mount itself look for scorpionfish, toadfish, green morays, sea slugs and frogfish.
Occasionally passing by in the blue water are Manta rays, Marlin, sharks, dolphins and whale sharks.
CJ’s Drop Off
In the Turtle Harbour marine reserve and has a wall with a drop-off as it sits on the continental shelf. There is a steep wall and drop of on one side and a diverse reef on the other. Eagle rays can be seen here with barracuda, and schooling jacks, in the channels in the reef look for golden tail morays, spotted drums and lobster.
A seamount covered in corals and sponge life that start at just 10m of depth. Reef sharks can be seen swimming in the area with Atlantic spadefish and many moray eels.
Toon Town is one of the dive sites here known for its macro life with tunicates, flamingo tongue cowries, arrow crabs, nudibranchs and lobsters.
Hole in the Wall
A deep dive with the wall top shallowing to become a reef with canyons. The “hole in the wall’ is a sand chute tunnel through the reef wall starting at 12m and ending at 30m where divers emerge on the wall itself that descends into the deep. The blue water has schooling jacks, eagle rays, turtles and sharks patrolling the area.
At the top of the wall, there are ‘swiss cheese’ rock formations, which go into canyons and swim-throughs with many sweepers, scorpionfish, moray eels, drums and groupers. Here you see an occasional nurse shark.
The Prince Albert Wreck
The wreck was the first intentionally scuttled vessel in Roatan for diving. The tanker from Nicaragua was in transit to Roatan when it became stranded and subsequently abandoned. Eventually reflected and cleaned up she was sunk in 1985. The 43m vessel is now in 18m of water upright with her deck hatches are open for ease of exploration and light. Covered in corals she is sat in the sand with fields of garden eels, look for eagle rays here and on the wreck silversides and many moray eels. Nurse sharks, barracuda, moray eels and turtles frequent the site.
There is a second wreck close by of a DC3 jet with an intact fuselage.
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.
There is a maze of tunnels and caves here in the shallow reef that will lead to a lagoon where dolphins can be seen. Silversides are here in significant numbers in the rock formations where light enters through many openings.
There are different routes in the tunnels, but they have natural light entering them and breakthroughs to the surface. Some routes will need torchlights. Clinging crabs, green moray eels, cleaner shrimp and lobsters can be seen on the walls. Special sightings are harlequin shrimp, seahorses toadfish and pipefish. In the overhangs look for nurse sharks, and there is a skull of a dolphin in one of the chambers.
The tunnels open out onto a shallow reef with soft corals, anemones, groupers and angelfish.
The vessel returns to port on Friday and here is an opportunity to take some land tours.
Honduras has Mayan ruins, bird watching, jungle tracking and more.
Marine Park and Conservation in Honduras
The marine park of Roatan covers 13km of coastline and formed in 1988. The RMP (Roatan Marine Park) was officially recognised in 2008 after gaining an NGO status. Money for the area is raised via voluntary marine park “user” fees and a variety of fundraising activities.