Roatan is a lush, tropical island surrounded by the world’s second largest barrier reef. Situated in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Honduras in crystal clear waters, it’s an ideal scuba diving destination. With its thriving coral reef and abundant marine life, Roatan has been a well-kept secret of dedicated divers for many years.
• Water temperature: 78 to 84F (25 to 29C) year-round
• Visibility: 60′ to 100′ (18 to 30m) most days
• Currents: minimal
• Attractions: coral reef with dramatic vertical walls, crevices, and swim-throughs, as well as two wrecks
• Dive site depths: 20’ to 120’ (6 to 36m), but the wall drops well past recreational dive depths
• Diver skill level: beginner to advanced
• Marine conservation: The Roatan Marine Park maintains the permanent mooring buoys on all the dive sites, patrols the area to enforce the laws for protecting fragile marine life, visits local schools to educate about marine conservation, and organizes beach cleanups.
Due to the ever-changing nature of the ocean, we are unable to guarantee sightings of particular creatures. However, we typically see all kinds of marine life on our dives, including green moray eels, nudibranchs, flamingo tongues, channel clinging crab, lobster, cleaner shrimp, filefish, trunkfish, trumpetfish, triggerfish, butterflyfish and angelfish. Our reef features lush soft coral gardens as well as healthy areas of hard coral. Sometimes we see turtles, seahorses, pipefish, nurse sharks and rays.
Checklist for Divers Traveling to Roatan:
• Check your passport expiration date. On the day you travel to Honduras, you passport must be valid for more than six months. You won’t be allowed on your flight if your passport will expire in six months or less. Also make sure you have proof of a current yellow fever vaccine if you are trying to enter Roatan from a yellow fever country, or you will be turned away at the airport.
• Purchase travel insurance. Should circumstances beyond your control (weather conditions; unexpected illness) prevent your trip from happening as scheduled, travel insurance will give you peace of mind that you won’t lose your vacation investment.
• Pack your dive certification card and any required medical forms. PADI standards require that we check your certification card before you go diving. Please contact your certifying agency to order a replacement if you don’t have your card. If you aren’t certified but plan to try diving while in Roatan, you’ll need to complete the PADI Medical Statement and obtain a physician’s clearance if necessary, prior to arrival. Some medical conditions require a physician’s clearance, which is best to bring with you to prevent any delays with getting in the water. If you have a confirmed dive reservation with us, you can expedite your dive registration by printing and completing our diving paperwork and bringing it with you.
• Pack a swimsuit in your carry-on bag. Luggage isn’t frequently lost, but if it is, it’s always nice to have a swimsuit handy so you don’t miss a minute of Roatan’s beautiful Caribbean Sea.
• Have your gear serviced before your vacation. Roatan is a small island, and it can take months for parts to arrive. Not all brands of gear are able to be repaired immediately in the case of equipment failure, so it’s best to make sure it’s in top shape before you depart.
• For certified divers – take a refresher course. Your local dive shop can assist you in taking a short tune-up review (usually in a swimming pool or dive tank in chilly climates) to make sure you’re ready to join the fun diving boat when you arrive at Barefoot Divers. PADI requires certified divers who have been out of the water for more than a year to take a refresher course, which may be taken at home or here at Barefoot Divers before joining the fun diving boat. You can find more detailed information on our refreshers on the Pricing page.
• Check your airline’s baggage policy. These are constantly changing, and you don’t want to find yourself with a hefty luggage surcharge or have restricted items taken from your carry-on bag.
For a more detailed FAQ for Barefoot Cay resort guests who are diving with Barefoot Divers, please click here.