Roatan is approximately 77 kilometres long, and less than 8 kilometres across at its widest point. It's the largest among the Bay Islands off the northern coast of Honduras. Located on the Caribbean Sea. Roatan has become an important cruise ship and scuba diving destination in Honduras. Tourism is its most important economic sector, though fishing is also an important source of income for islanders. The island also has an International airport serving flights from the US. So pretty much all american tourist here.
|West End bay|
The first dive was a wreck called El Aquila(The Eagle). It was sunk on purpose in 1997 by Anthony's Key Resort to make for a new premier dive site. The visibility was good after 15 meter depth, I was enjoying more the wreck then the fishes around, but there was actually not many fish. 2nd dive was boring, we saw a turtle, some gigantic crabs and lobster and that’s it. This dive we were 10 in the group with an Instructor, too big a crowd in the water. I was diving with Native Son Dive Center.
The next day I switched dive center to Coconut Tree Dive Center. I did another 2 day dives. It was a better dive center in fact, they have loads of DMT, and tons of Instructors around, more professional in terms of organisation and facilities and the dive group is smaller. We had a better dive on the 2nd dive at the Light House, there were more fishes around. Lobster seems to be abundant here. I did 2 more morning dives on the 5th day and that was nice too. One dive with equipment cost US$30 which is much more cheaper as compare to Belize. There is a Marine Park fees – US$10 valid for a year.
|Sunset at West End|
|Killing of Lionfish|
Travel route : Travel with Ferry from LA Ceiba town to Roatan
Accommodation and diving : Couchsurfing, Native Son Dive Center & Coconut Tree Dive CenterType of diving : Reef, wall, canyon
Water temperature : 28-30°C
Best time to dive : Diveable year round but avoid hurricane season from June to November.
-F-> Flight -B-> Boat -C-> Car