On Roatan

Roatan is located between the islands of Útila and Guanaja and is the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands.

 

It is approximately 77 kilometers (48 mi) long, and less than 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) across at its widest point.


The most populous town of the island is Coxen Hole, capital of Roatán municipality, located in the southwest. Other important towns include French Harbour, West End, Sandy Bay and Oak Ridge (the capital of José Santos Guardiola municipality).

 

The easternmost quarter of the island is separated by a channel through the mangroves that are 15 meters wide on average. This section is called Helene, or Santa Elena in Spanish. Satellite islands at the eastern end are Morat, Barbareta, and Pigeon Cay. Further west between French Harbour and Coxen Hole is Stamp Cay and French Cay. You can get to know all these places doing an island tour with a tourist agent or just renting a car and driving by your self.

 

Roatán lies on the southern edge of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Reef systems are very delicate and have experienced massive damage and degradation worldwide. Roatán has become an important cruise ship and scuba diving destination in Honduras. Tourism is its most important economic sector, though fishing is also an important source of income for islanders.

 

The reef systems throughout the Bay Islands are protected by the local and central government with help from charitable donations and those on the front line. Through local donations to the Marine Park and the many causes along with a concerted effort from the resorts on the island weekly cleanups are undertaken to ensure no metals or plastics litter the reef system and beaches as well as all major dive shops doing cleanups on most of their daily dives. There are still obstacles to be defeated but the Islanders and expatriates living on the islands have taken a united stand to conserve and educate.

 

English is the first language of native Bay Islanders regardless of race and Spanish is spoken second, whereas mainland Honduras is Spanish-speaking. It remains this way because of the islands' past as a British colony with descendants of Great Britain. With the steady influx of mainland Hondurans migrating to the islands, Spanish language use has increased. Because of the tourism and cruise ship industry that supports the islands, English continues to be the first spoken and dominant language among all native island peoples. Over time, the form of English spoken by the Caracol has changed. The language differs mostly in morphology but also in pronunciation and accent and, to a lesser extent, in syntax and vocabulary, from the English of the other British Caribbean colonies, as evidenced by the usage of a wide variety of old standard English terms and words throughout the islands. They are similar enough to be mutually intelligible and understood throughout the entire Bay Islands. The language can also be learned, although it is not taught in the general sense, whilst the accent derives from the wide variety of expatriates living and working on the Islands from North America and Europe.

 

GETTING HERE

Getting here has never been easier with year-round direct flights from Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, and Houston via American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and Avianca Airlines. The island is served by the Roatán International Airport ( RTB ) also available domestic connections for international flights arriving into mainland Honduran cities like the capital Tegucigalpa( TGC), San Pedro Sula ( SAP ) and via San Salvador. Canadian carriers Sunwing Airlines (via Toronto) and Transat and WestJet also serve the Island with direct charter flights but not year round. 

 

The Galaxy Wave express Catamaran ferry provides direct tsea ransport twice daily.

Roatan is a lush, tropical island situated off the Caribbean coast of Honduras. The crystal clear Caribbean waters, thriving coral reef, and abundant marine life have been a well-kept secret of dedicated divers for many years. With an international airport and cruise ships making port calls, Roatan is now starting to be discovered by the rest of the world. This idyllic island can be reached via several direct flights from the U.S., Canada, or Central America.

 

What ta do ?

Divers and non-divers alike can enjoy all the attractions of Roatan, such as beautiful white sand beaches, canopy tours, botanical gardens, horseback riding, sailing, shallow water fishing and deep sea fishing, the iguana park is a few minues walk away.

 

World’s Second Largest Barrier Reef.

The Mesoamerican barrier reef system that surrounds the island offers incredible snorkeling and scuba diving. We can also arrange the Famous Roatan shark dives.

 

Meet the Locals

The friendly, smiling faces of Roatan Island people adorn the area include a mix of mainland spanish people. Garifunas are native islanders who speak English with a captivating Caribbean lilt. Over the last 14 years, the population has nearly quadrupled. English is still the first language of the Bay Islands, but Spanish is the majority language of Honduras. The Bay Islands has a large ex-pat community of business and home owners. Expatriates from the U.K and the U.S, Canada, and Central Europe have opted to make Roatan their home.

 

Is it Nice

The temperature on Roatan is a around 80-86F on average, with the refreshing east trade winds cooling everything off , September seems to be the hottest month followed by the rainy season in Mid October through early March. 

The rainy season starts the high season followed by the U.S Thanks Giving week in November  

 

 

 

 

 

What Our Scuba Diving Guests Say About Us..... 

We have an excellent time with this dive center. It is conveniently located right next to Fosters West Bay where we stayed. We literally walked down the steps into the dive shop and were greeted by friendly staff who took care of all our needs.

It was valet diving at its best. They took care of everything including dive planning loading our equipment taking excellent care of us throughout the dive and taking care of all the equipment afterward. Rates were quite reasonable. Dives were excellent.

Most of all the friendly staff made us feel like family. It is a definite do over and I would recommend this to anybody.

As a five-star PADI center, they had new equipment and excellent service.

Trip Advisor Diver Feb 2019

Resort Guest

" I did my Advanced Diver certification with Gary & Mary a few years ago, I dive with them every time I am back in Roatan. They are extremely professional, the dive shop is absolutely wonderful and they are great people. I can't say enough wonderful things about them, from service to friendliness they have it all. Roatan Dive Center is my ONLY choice when visiting this lovely island. "

Joan P

U.S.A - Diving and Adv Course

Diving in Roatan is Heaven!

Wow! I can't say enough great things about Roatan Dive Center! First off let me start by saying we were all beginner divers. I had an American friend who lived in Honduras for 17 years he told us we must dive Roatan. He said he recommended Gary Miller at Roatan Dive Center. I Facebook messaged Gary and he responded promptly. We all 5 did the discovery dive program because none of us were certified. Mary and her staff took us out and did training right in front of the dive shop. They were friendly and professional. I struggled to learn a bit but the team was patient and got us comfortable under the water. We went out and dove and boy did they take us to paradise. I was in love. We ended up diving 5 more times. Mary was a complete angel and made sure nervous me was perfect every time. The team always chose the perfect dive spots for the conditions. Their boats are small and so are the groups. We were so spoiled every time. I'm already planning my next trip. Best tour I have ever done.

Jake

U.S.A - Resort Guest

"Amazing staff + amazing dive sites = Top notch dive center
Recently spent 10 days on Roatan with the goal of getting my open water certification with my girlfriend. Reached out to the shop by email before arrival, Gary was very prompt with replies and got everything arranged for us to get started with the course before landing on the island. Unfortunately, the weather gods did not play in our favor and we were met with strong winds and poor visibility the first few days. I was eager to get started diving, but Gary suggested we wait it out to be sure we enjoyed the experience, he even let us join on the dive boat to snorkel a wind-protected dive site while we were waiting to start classes. After the weather cleared we spent the next few days learning SCUBA. Mary (divemaster) and Al (captain) became a second family during our time spent at Roatan Dive Center. Both incredibly friendly, passionate and knowledgeable about the sport. Our SSI instructor Ernesto was fantastic, he really made the training experience very enjoyable. A truly passionate professional and by the end of our trip we were out sharing a few drinks together. Gary was also very helpful in arranging transportation from our hotel to the airport and offering up local insight to improve our first time Roatan visit. I can't wait for a return trip to dive with Roatan Dive Center. I am not one to leave reviews often, but I was compelled to share how amazing my experience was with the shop. 
Thanks, Gary, Mary, Ernesto, Al and Christoph for the wonderful memories. - Alex and Adriana "

Alex P

California U.S.A

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