Scuba Diving Roatan Dive Sites
COCONUT TREE DIVERS DIVE SHOP
Here you will find a brief description of some of the signature dive sites in the Roatan Marine Park that regularly feature in Coconut Tree Divers daily schedule. There are over 80 dive moorings in the Roatan Marine Park, and hundreds more dive sites all around the island. Our experienced instructors guide all your dives to help you make the most of one of the richest reef structures of the Bay Islands.
The Roatan Marine Park started as a grass roots, community based, not-for-profit organization located on the island of Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. The organization was formed in 2005 by a group of concerned dive operators and local businesses. They all united in an effort to protect Roatán’s fragile coral reefs and local ecosystems.
Through your generous support of such organizations we can work to preserve this beautiful island for future generations. We strongly support the RMP and ask that our guests buy the RMP bracelet for USD10.
The Point is comprised of four main distinct dive sites: Black Rock, West End Wall, Texas and Pablo’s Place. After evaluating the weather conditions and the current, we will start our dive at one of those locations.The converging currents of the North and South shores of the island meet on a long plateau extending ¾ of a mile from shore. It features spectacular soft coral formations and giant barrel sponges peppering this alien landscape. Drift along Pablo’s Place bottomless wall, teeming with soft coral, black gorgonians and sponges – perhaps even spot a hammerhead shark.
Explore the Texas flats, with the giant barrel sponges, sargassum trigger fish and schools of snapper in the washing-machine like currents. Cruise along the steep slopes of West End Wall, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the deep Josie J wreck on a clear day. These dive sites are most suitable for more experienced divers, as the currents and the surface conditions can be more challenging than our average conditions.
EDDIES TRIFECTA / SONDRAS SURPRISE / PUBUDUS PLAYGROUND / PUNCHERS PARADISE / DEEP SEAQUEST / TRINATIES TREASURE / ALICES WONDERLAND
Start your week with a leisurely cruise along the sandy flats of these dive sites. Keep your eyes out for a sting ray tail on the deep sand shelf at the bottom of the 24m/80ft mini-wall. Meet the resident grouper and turtles. Examine the various coral stands for the teeming macro life in the shallow plateau towards the end of your dive. Any of these makes a great dive to start off your week’s scuba vacation.
These bright, shallow dive sites are not only a very short boat ride from the dive shop, but they also offer excellent marine life variety. Possible sightings are hawksbill turtles, black grouper and schooling blue tangs.
Suitable for all levels, these dive sites have nice shallow areas with easy access to a vertical section of deep wall.
As the name implies, this dive site consists of a series of canyons starting shallow and bottoming out at about 18m/60ft, continuing on to a gentle slope punctuated with soft coral stands. Swim up and down the various canyons then follow the shallow reef back to the boat. Keep your eyes out for eagle rays and other pelagics cruising over the sand slope, or inspect the soft coral stands in search of that elusive seahorse.
This dive site is best for intermediate and experienced divers.
OVERHEAT REEF/GREEN OUTHOUSE
We start the dive at Overheat Reef in the shallows and follow the sand channels that lead us out to the wall. In the shallow part you can encounter squid on top of a healthy section of reef. The wall section is teeming with schools of fish large and small. The northern part of the wall is one of the healthiest sections of reef in the Roatan Marine Park in terms of actual coral coverage.
This dive site, often preceded by El Aguila (wreck) in the morning two-tank dive, can be tailored to suit any level of diver.
The El Aguila is a 220ft cargo boat that was sunk 1997 over a dive site called Deep Eel Garden. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch slammed the island and split the wreck into three distinct pieces. Ironically, it is now even more interesting to explore!
Working from stern to bow, we usually have a bottom time of around 15 minutes on the wreck itself before swimming off on to the wall and finishing the dive in shallow water. Depending on the level of the group, there are many interesting swim thru’s on the wreck itself. Look out for the garden eels around the stern and the large friendly groupers and snappers that circle the area. There is also an array of interesting channels and features on the wall itself, including a small cave. Watch the fish congregate around you on the safety stop, as you drift into an area of converging currents.
This dive site is for experienced divers – good air consumption and good buoyancy control are a must. As this is a popular dive site, beware the boat and diver traffic!
HOLE IN THE WALL
It is one of the most famous dive sites on Roatan, with many different areas to explore. Following the sand chute down to the actual “hole” in the wall takes us to one of the deepest dives around. We bottom out to a maximum depth of 40m/130ft. In addition to several networks of swim thrus (think “swiss cheese”), there is a small cave system where we can often find silversides or glassy sweeper fish inhabiting the darker areas. Bring your flashlight to look into all the nooks and crannies, maybe find an octopus. Most of these swim thrus are shallow, there are also nice big sandy areas with easy access to the deep wall, ideal for all types of training dives.
The full complement of this dive site is best suited to experienced divers. Experience with deep dives and good buoyancy control are necessary to explore the hole and the swim thrus. Do not enter the cave system with out proper training or guidance.
The topography on this dive differs significantly from the surrounding reef. Starting on the gently sloping wall, there is a swim through that cuts in towards the shallow reef. Explore the overhangs in the north wall or check out the extensive swim through network punctuating the southern wall. Look for the resident green moray eels, keep your eyes peeled for juvenile spotted drum and pipefish by the coral stands at the entrance to the channel. Also check out the schools of goatfish and snapper that migrate through the channel. In August/September for only a few weeks, the southern wall will fill with an abundance of silversides. They can be so thick you cannot see a few feet in front of you.
This dive site is great for a range of experience levels from novice to advanced, the shallow walls are also ideal for snorkeling.
HALF MOON BAY WALL
One of the most beautiful sections of wall is right here outside the dive shop! Cruise along the wall and follow channels into the shallower areas. Meander along the coral fingers up on top of the reef looking for eagle rays and turtles. On days with a ripping northbound current, you can pass through as many as five different dive sites on one dive. Suitable for all certified levels, current conditions and buoyancy control abilities permitting.
Perhaps one of the most under-rated dive sites on Roatan, it has a range of swim through’s and different types of topography to explore. The dive gives you access to swim through’s, chimneys, channels and overhangs, which keep the dive varied and interesting. When done as a deeper profile, we find the “mini Mary’s Place” crack at 27m/90ft. This is a very unique formation. Keep your eyes out for eagle rays in the deep, moray eels and crabs in the various overhangs. Best suited to the intermediate or advanced diver.
This dive site is situated between Overheat Reef to the south and El Aguila wreck to the north. Pillar Coral earns it’s name after a feature coral pinnacle that juts out off the wall. It sits at a depth of 27m/90ft. It’s an excellent drift dive in either direction.
Better for intermediate or experienced divers for the full complement, but can easily be tailored to more novice divers.
Just north of the wreck is an impressive wall. A great multilevel drift dive to cruise along the deep wall and explore the canyons and crevices in the shallows. Bears Den cave is also accessible by drifting north from Peter’s Place.
This dive is best for intermediate or experienced divers.
One of the most dramatically different dive sites in the whole of Roatan. It was formed by an ancient river gorge cutting through the island. Coming out from a somewhat murky lagoon, you enter into the cathedral bowl at the back of the channel. The generally moderate visibility combined with the razors of light coming from the surface gave rise to the “spooky” factor. Working your way towards the outer wall, you will be rewarded with spectacular views to the sheer cliffs that rise from 27m/90ft almost all the way to the surface.
A network of shallow swim through’s spits you out onto the shallow reef, where you will often find snapper, grouper and barracuda hanging out near the boat mooring. Although there is not as much life in the channel itself as on other parts of the reef, keep a look out for sea stars, schools of southern sennets, toadfish in the cracks and lobster crawling around the boulders on the bottom.
Experienced divers with good air consumption required. Must be comfortable in overhead environments!