04 November 2005

Roatan lures scuba divers and snorkellers alike

Many divers would agree that no island in the Caribbean offers more distinctive or easily accessible dive sites than Roatan. Just off the coast of Honduras, the island of Roatan is the largest of the three Bay Islands that draw snorkellers and scuba divers from around the world.

Thick coral thrives on walls that begin in crystal clear water as shallow as 10 feet deep and then plunges into the depths of the Caribbean.

Eagle rays, schools of jewel tone tropical fish, the occasional shark and eel gardens are some of experiences that bring divers back to Roatan. Several large wrecks have also been recently scuttled near resort locations adding to the area's appeal to scuba divers...

Water temperatures average 80 degrees, there are few currents to worry about and visibility ranges from 50 to 100 feet. The majority of Roatan's northern coastline is surrounded by a coral reef second only in length to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Roatan is especially appealing because due to its amazing coral with its kaleidoscope of colored fish representing a large variety of species. "The idea of being able to slip into the ocean at the end of the dock and snorkel out to the reef right in front of your place sold us," a visiting scuba diver told the press.

"We did not realize that we loved the place until our two weeks were up and we had to go home."

Source: www.divenews.com


At 3:19 AM, Blogger HispaniCon said...

I've never been scuba diving in Roatan, but I can attest to the beauty of the place from my experience snorkelling there some years ago. Now that hurracaine season is over, it may be a good time to plan a trip.


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