Lionfish are very much on the “green” list on Roatan, so the Roatan Marine Park has created a Bay Islands Lionfish Spearing License workshop to teach you more about the lionfish invasion and how to spear them in an environmentally conscious way.
Are you ready for a dive to West End Wall?
West End Wall is one of our top requested dive sites, largely due to its proximity to The Point. Located just off West Bay, West End Wall is where we can experience some of the strongest currents on the island, making it the perfect place for large schools of fish. The currents bring in nutrient rich water that make it the ideal feeding ground. From big schools of blue creole wrasse, snappers and jacks, this site shows us what a vibrant and diverse marine life Roatan has to offer.
Due to the flowing current, this is an ideal site for a drift dive, where we enter the water, descend along the wall, and head in the same direction as the flow of the current. This type of dive can be very enjoyable as it allows us to effortlessly cruise along the wall. Most often for this site, we go in a southerly direction towards the very end of the island. Given potentially strong currents, depending on the daily conditions, we consider this a site for more advanced divers.
Two Team RD-ers are back for a visit, so it's time for another scuba video!
Tarik and Claire were with us our first season as our instructor and Divemaster. Before they left Roatan in September 2014, Claire completed her professional underwater videography course with Saaya, producing a showreel with her video highlights as her final project of the course.
In honor of Tarik and Claire's visit, let's check out Claire's showreel to show you her great work and Roatan's beautiful underwater world. Enjoy!
This time, Roatan Divers takes you to Seaquest Shallow! Seaquest Shallow is located between West End and West Bay, and is one of Roatan's most popular dive sites. A diverse dive site that's deal for training dives and experienced divers alike, Seaquest Shallow has plenty of beautiful coral, turtles, rays and cute angelfish couples.
Please don't mind the new host (we couldn't convince Eri to fly back to host another episode) and enjoy Seaquest Shallow underwater!
Guys, it's getting hot right now. And still. And you know what that means...special trips to the seamounts of Cayos Cochinos will be getting underway again!
The seamounts of Cayos Cochinos are located 29 km/18 miles off the western point of Roatan and are a part of a series of underwater mountains that rise up between Roatan and Cayos Cochinos. None of the mounts break the surface, with the diveable mounts peaking between 21m/70ft and 12m/40 feet in depth. With all the currents moving through that area and the nutrient-rich water swelling up from the depths, the coral at the seamounts is healthy and vibrant, and you have the opportunity to see lots of different schools of fishing hanging out off the reef as they feed.
When the weather is right for it, we run special two-tank charter trips to the seamounts of Cayos Cochinos. We do two fabulous dives and spend our surface interval fishing and looking for whalesharks and dolphins. As the currents can be strong, it's important to be an experienced and comfortable diver certified to 30m/100ft to ensure that you get the most out of your experience. So check out our video of the seamounts and see if this trip sounds fun to you!
Please contact us for more information regarding these special two-tank trips, and let us help you experience the best of the Bay Islands!
We are so lucky to live and dive on Roatan. The entire island is surrounded by amazing dive sites with stunning walls, sandy chutes and coral plateaus, and we have over thirty dive sites within a ten minute boat ride from West End alone.
One of our favorite dive sites is Lighthouse Reef, located just a minute boat ride away. Don't be fooled by its closeness, Lighthouse Reef provides amazing walls, schools of fish and some cool macro critters to be on the lookout for.
Come enjoy a dive at Lighthouse Reef with Roatan Divers and see more of the beautiful scuba diving that Roatan has to offer!
Now, we know that Roatan is famous for it's cool topography, healthy coral and abundance of turtles and schools of fish, but did you know that Roatan has interesting macro life as well?
Follow us as we explore Roatan's macro world at Willy's Wonder, Butcher's Bank and Lighthouse Reef. Whether you're over the sand or on the wall, there are always amazing things to see!
What are you waiting for? Head down to Roatan and see it for yourselves!
El Aguila wreck is one of the most popular scuba diving sites on Roatan, and there's a good reason why. El Aguila was sunk in 1997 to provide a good wreck for Roatan within the recreational limits, and was broken into three pieces in 1998 when Hurricane Mitch hit. Since the wreck was sunk next to the reef, you get a one-two punch of a cool artificial reef as well as a spectacular natural reef covered in soft coral. The reef next to wreck is one of our favorite areas, and we love all the big black groupers and snappers that hang out.
We were very lucky this day, it was just two videographers out at the wreck so we had the whole place to ourselves! Eagle rays don't often come by the wreck but one decided to grace us with its presence that day as well. What a fantastic dive!
What are you waiting for? Come join us at El Aguila!