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ROATAN has a reputation for being one of the best (if not the best) diving destinations in the Caribbean. The tourist came to Roatan from all over the world, and they come in large numbers all year round. Suffice to say; there are many dive shops and dive operators to choose from. This fact is both the good and the bad news. It's good to know that there are a variety of scuba shops to choose from because dive shops must compete for your business. The downside to having this many dive shops around is that too many dive shops operate below the desired standard. Our commitment then is to help visitors to Roatan connect with reputable, 5-star, dive centers. And while our list changes over time, we've found that many of the good operators have remained the same over the years.
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Noteworthy Dive Sites
Arguably one of the prettiest dive sites on the island, but also one of the most trafficked. Most dive centers will limit divers to one dive at Mary's place per day in efforts to preserve the reef formation and the general area. Mary's Place is a prehistoric area, and reef formation, formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago. Large fissures were created in the reef forming a wall and a network of labyrinths. This site has rare black coral and is filled with sea fans.
The site offers a swim through via a cave-like system that will transport you from one side of the barrier reef to another. The dive site offers a spectacular winding path through an underwater maze of caverns. The site is full of marine life and has interesting formations along the cavern walls. The history of the site is that a pack of dolphins became disoriented in the cave and perished.
THE ODYSSEY WRECK
The Odyssey is Roatan's largest subsurface wreck. The Odyssey sits in 110 feet of water. The center of the wreck has collapsed over the years due to hurricanes coming through the area and also due to natural decay and rust. The bow of the ship is upright, offering phenomenal views of the rest of the ship. There is a sandy bottom patch next and around the wreck and a reef wall as a backdrop.
PRINCE ALBERT WRECK
The Prince Albert Wreck sits 85 ft below the surface. The ship measures 140 feet in length, and it is a freighter that sunk in 1987. Albert is relatively intact, and its large hull is home to large numbers of fish and marine life communities. The vessel can be penetrated fairly easily without light and a dive line. However, a dive line and training is standard procedure before entering any wreck. Be sure to ask your divemaster to take you to the DC-3, which sits nearby.
The mooring for the dive site sits at 15 ft on sandy bottom. But the dive is scheduled for deeper depths ranging from 50 to 100 feet. Pat's place has canyon formations, drop offs, narrow swim-throughs, and shark sightings are frequent. Dive operators feed sharks and can put on a show while divers remain still and observe. Probably a good site to follow all the rules.
This is one of the most interesting sites to dive. This dive site is better suited for experienced divers. The channel is 10-stories deep with large crevasses where divers can enter a grotto at 60 ft. Natural light dissipates and fades away. The main chamber of the formation is at 95 ft. There are swim-throughs which will take you out to your safety stop.
Towering canyons and rock formations make this site stand out. This site is welcoming of divers of all skill levels. It starts out at 15 feet and slopes down to 60 ft. There are excellent areas to 'swim through, ' and you'll find sandy bottom patches.
Also known as "Barbareta Wall." The site is not centrally located, and most dive operators have to travel out of their way to get to it, but the site is well worth the trip. This is a drift dive. The 3-mile long wall offers an excellent chance to see nurse sharks, barracudas, eagle rays, and tarpon.
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SCUBA diving has been with us since the mid-twentieth century. At the time, two basic scuba system had emerged: Open Circuit Scuba (OCS) where divers exhaled directly into the water, and what is known as closed-circuit scuba (CCS), which is where carbon dioxide was removed from the exhaled breath and then oxygen was added to be recirculated - today, we have known them as rebreathers.