Roatan’s fringing coral reef is part of the giant Mesoamerican Barrier Reef - the second largest barrier reef in the world which runs from Mexico past Belize and Guatemala to Honduras.
This diverse ecosystem is found just a few hundred metres from shore, offering exhilarating diving without the long bumpy boat rides!
Wall diving on Roatan is truly impressive and is what the island is most famous for. Vertical drop-offs offer some of the best visibility and variety of marine life. Giant sponges, sea plumes, deep water sea fans and black corals provide habitat for a wealth of creatures and the proximity to greater depths means encounters with larger pelagics such as eagle rays, hammerhead sharks and large jacks are possible.
Overhangs, cracks, canyons, deep channels and ravines can be found on several dive sites and are excellent hiding places for many shy species of fish and creatures such as spotted drum, groupers, eels, lobsters, crabs and shrimp and our local guides have a keen eye for the littlest of creatures.
We will do three dives today, two in the morning and one in the afternoon. There is also the option of a night dive for a chance to see the globally rare ‘string of pearls’ phenomenon which regularly occurs in Roatán – tiny strings of crustaceans that light up like underwater fireflies to attract a mate. A truly remarkable and unforgettable sight.