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Dive Sites

Roatan Dive Map

There are over 40 different dive sites in the Roatan Marine Park.

Spear fishing, anchoring, and the collection of conch and lobster are prohibited. The Roatan Marine Park was established in 2005 using funds gained from local tourism and grants from USAID, Coral and WWF replaced all the marine infrastructure, patrol this area and support the community through educational programs.

Most of the dive sites are a short boat ride away from our dock ( 5-15 minutes), 95% of the fish species in the Caribbean are found here, and sometimes we get lucky and see wild dolphins and the giant whale shark, the largest fish in the world.

Below are some of our favorite dive sites. During your vacation, we can take you to those or any of the other fabulous dive spots around Roatan.

Hole in the Wall

Hole in the Wall

This site has something for everyone. There are some very interesting shallows with various caves, one of them is full of silversides during the season. There is a labyrinth of swim-throughs that is challenging even for the most advanced diver.

At this site, a diver is sure to see lettuce sea slugs, juvenile spotted drums, and scrawled filefish.

At 40 feet, the wall drops down dramatically to 100 feet, where it meets a sandy bottom and then continues its gradual descent where divers can take a look at the impressive abyss.

Canyon Reef

Canyon Reef

This is one of our favorite dive sites and just a 5-minute boat ride from Octopus. At 15 feet, the reef face descends slowly to 30 ft, and then falls to 60 feet, continuing down to the sandy bottom at 120 feet.

On the upper part of the reef, a diver will see some deep cuts that run perpendicular to the coast. Some of these cuts are actually narrow tunnels whose walls create overhangs that are sometimes closed at the top. Some of these tunnels were formed by running water during a time when the ocean level did not cover this area.

Fish Den

Fish Den Dive Site, Roatan

This site is true to its name. Not only is there an impressive topography to explore, but there also lives a huge variety of fish species: red lip blennies, damselfish, harlequin bass, and scrawled file fish. Evey dive, you will find something different. Inside some of the swim thurougs, you may encounter the green moray eel making a stop at a cleaning station.

Overheat Reef

We do our training dives for beginners in one of the best dive sites of Sandy Bay, where school masters, sergeant mayors, squids, yellow tail damsels, as well as a variety of gorgonians can be seen.

Overheat Reef, Roatan

The most shallow part of the reef is also ideal for snorkeling. From 15 feet, the reef slowly starts its descent to 40 feet, and then dramatically goes down to 80 feet.

This dive site is great for night diving. Spiny and Spanish lobster, Caribbean reef octopus, channel clinging crab, and southern stingray are a common sight when the sun sets.

Overheat Reef, Roatan

El Aquila

Aquila Wreck Diving

This amazing wreck is a sunken cargo ship, 200 feet long, siting on a sandy bottom at 110 feet.

Ascending - Photo by Doug Elsey

From the buoy, a diver can follow the line down to the stern of the wreck. On this part of the ship, at the sandy bottom, you will find lots of garden eels. At his dive site, it is common to see green moray eels as well as black grouper and blue parrot fish.

Around the wreck, the reef wall starts at 90 feet and ascends almost all the way to the surface to 10 ft.

Bear’s Den

Bears Den

This is an interesting site with various levels for a diver to explore. There are canyons, swimthroughs, and an amazing wall.

The cavern after which this site is named has a narrow entrance that later opens to a chamber, illuminated by the entering light just above where you will see glassy sweepers swimming in circles.

Odyssey Wreck

Odyssey Wreck

This cargo ship sunk in 2002 and sits on the sand at 110 feet.

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This wreck is 300 feet long, and its bow is inclined at an angle of almost 90 degrees, which make it perfect and fun to explore. Keep an eye open for the great barracuda, blue parrot fish, and the green moray eel that may be hiding out in the different holes of the boat’s walls and deck.