Our Top 10 Dive Sites

There are so many amazing dive sites to explore on Roatan, but here are 10 of our favorites around Barefoot Divers:

1.  Mary’s Place

•  One of Roatan’s most spectacular dive sites, famous for its deep cracks that were formed by volcanic activity and extends down 95 feet
•  Abundant fish life, beautiful coral overhangs throughout the cracks, schools of glassfish, chubs and creole wrasse, spotted drums, and delicate black coral
•  Advanced level due to depth and very good buoyancy control required - beginner divers can follow along the top of the crack
•  Depth range of 20’ to beyond recreational dive limits
•  Right on Barefoot Divers’ doorstep, just a few minutes away by boat

2. Insidious Reef

•  A relatively undiscovered site off the south shore that is out of range of most dive operators
•  Very pristine reef due to low dive traffic
•  Offers a very diverse collection of marine life – possibility of seeing larger marine life, such as sharks, groupers, jacks, barracudas, and permit
•  For intermediate level divers
•  The reef is a bank starting at 30′ with shear walls on the sides plunging past recreational dive limits
•  From Barefoot Divers, about 15 minutes away by boat

3. Prince Albert Wreck

•  An intentionally sunk wreck (back in 1985) which sits in the large CoCoView boat channel, the Prince Albert is a 165-foot freighter that is home to extensive coral growth which almost completely covers the entire wreck
•  Penetration possibilities exist if you’re certified as a PADI Wreck Diver (specialty certification available)
•  Eagle rays, southern stingrays, and squid often pass alongside
•  A DC-3 plane fuselage is just a few yards away
•  There are ways to visit the wreck whether you’re a beginner or advanced diver
•  Main deck of the wreck is 25’; maximum depth is 60’ and most dives on the wreck consist for 15-20 minutes exploring the wreck and then on to one of the beautiful walls at the exit of the channel
•  From Barefoot Divers, about 8 minutes away by boat

4. Menagerie

•  Aptly named (meaning “zoo”), Menagerie teems with fish
•  Schools of Atlantic spade fish, Bermuda chub, dog snappers, and jacks abound
•  Wall has coral overhangs, gorgonians, and large barrel sponges
•  Suitable for all diver levels
•  Mooring is at 20’; the top of the reef gently slopes to 50’; then the wall drops off past recreational dive limits
•  From Barefoot Divers, about 8 minutes away by boat

5. Shark Bait Shallow

•  A shallow maze of coral heads and sand chutes - the perfect hiding spot for nurse sharks - lead to a gently sloping wall
•  Sea fans, gorgonians and sponges mix with brain coral and lettuce leaf coral
•  Stingrays and eagle rays both frequent this site, as well as nurse sharks, eels and schools of blue tangs and Bermuda chub, and flounders in the sand
•  Suitable for all skill levels
•  Depth ranges from 20’ to past recreational dive limits
•  From Barefoot Divers, about 10 minutes away by boat

6. Calvin’s Crack

•  Crack starts at 20’ with a swim-through and gradually slopes off to a depth of 90’, exiting to the wall
•  Clusters of vase sponges, gorgonians, and brain and thin-leaf coral
•  Sometimes elusive toad fish can be found. Schools of silverside fish congregate in the crack. Off of the wall, find barracuda, hunting jacks, and permits
•  Intermediate level; beginner divers can follow along the top of the crack
•  Depth ranges from 20’ to 90′
•  From Barefoot Divers, a 40-minute boat ride – visited as an excursion dive only. Can be selected as an excursion dive in our all-inclusive packages for resort guests, or arranged for an additional fee for non-package divers

 7. French Cay Bank

•  The remains of a sunken shrimp boat, the Cap’n G, are found at the base of the mooring
•  Coral gardens are filled with barrel sponges of all sizes and colorful hard and soft coral; sea whips decorate the bank around the mooring
•  Upswells at the edge of the bank bring in schools of hunting fish such as jacks and barracuda – turtles are occasionally spotted here as well
•  For intermediate level divers
•  Depth ranges from 40’ to past recreational dive limits
•  From Barefoot Divers, 6 minutes away by boat

8. Connie’s Dream

•  A gently sloping wall with soft coral overhangs, small crevices with king crabs and lobsters peering out, and sea fans swaying
•  A popular spot for hide and seek: look for well-camouflaged scorpion fish, banded coral shrimp tucked inside sponges, and flamingo tongues
•  Usually done as a drift dive
•  Suitable for all skill levels
•  Depth ranges from 25’ to past recreational dive limits
•  From Barefoot Divers, a 4 minute boat ride

9. Cemetery Wall

•  Enter on a sand chute, and drop off to a steep wall that starts at a depth of 25′
•  Beautiful overhang covered in gorgonians, sponges and a variety of hard corals
•  Large groupers and elusive seahorses are commonly sited here.  Eels, groups of parrot fish and surgeon fish along the top of the reef
•  Suitable for all levels of divers
•  Depth ranges from 25’ to past recreational dive limits
•  From Barefoot Divers, a 5 minute boat ride

 10. Mr. Bud Wreck

•  A cargo ship sunk intentionally in 1995
•  The ship is upright along the reef’s edge with the deepest part at about 70′, having been pulled from its original resting place by Hurricane Mitch
•  The dive normally focuses part of the time of the wreck, then on to the coral reef
•  Blanketing the top of the reef is an abundance of soft corals such as sea plumes and sea rods with flamingo tongues and seahorses clinging to them
•  Sand dwellers such as jaw fish, garden eels, flounders, and sail fin blennies all reside in the chute surrounding the wreck, and the large sand patch beside the wreck is a great place to spot stingrays
•  Suitable for all skill levels
•  Depth ranges from 40’ to past recreational dive limits
•  From Barefoot Divers, a 6 minute boat ride

 

Learn More – And Do More!

Some of these dive sites (or advanced ways to dive them) require specific skills or certifications – for example, advanced buoyancy control or completion of a wreck diving course. If you don’t have those skills, you can learn them here while you dive! Our PADI instructors and extensive course list can help you learn the skills you need to enjoy all the wonderful dive sites Roatan has to offer. t