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Frech Angelfish photo courtesy of Carlos Gordon, Roatan.
French Angelfish
Picture by Carlos Gordon

Scuba diving package dive programs are readily available throughout Roatan Island, Honduras.  The Roatan Vista Villas offers it guests the opportunity to select their diving with any operator or resort on Roatan.

The Roatan Vista Villas are located at Spooky Channel, Sandy Bay, Roatan Island, Honduras.  Spooky Channel is one of several dive locations on the western tip of Roatan.  There are over 132 recognized dive sites on Roatan and further information is contained in our Tourist Guide Navigator above.  

All dive packages are subject to weather and sea conditions permitting safe operations.  Our dive package program allows our guests to reserve from a single dive up to a weekly program.  Daily programs do not need to be confirmed.  All weekly programs and certification courses should be confirmed to assure availability. During a weekly vacation, divers are not permitted to dive on the day of departure if they are traveling by air.  Divers should not plan for more than 3 dives each day. The dive rates listed below include local taxes, tanks, and weight belts.  Rental equipment normally means regulator and buoyancy compensator.   Guests typically bring their own mask, snorkel, fins and light weight wet suit if desired, (these items may be rented).  Our dive packages are offered by some of the premiere dive operators on Roatan.   Guests pay for their confirmed dive packages directly to the dive operator.  Most dive operators will pick up and return you to our dock.  Each of the dive operators typically dive with groups.  However, our dive program also offers you the flexibility to choose private guided diving.  If you do not choose a package with your lodging reservation, you may sign up for any number of dives after your arrival briefing.  This will allow you 100% flexibility in selecting your dive program. 

Unlimited snorkeling is available off our dock.   Masks, fins, and snorkels may be rented from our management or from any dive operator on Roatan.

You must bring your dive certification card.  Certifications are available at all levels and only the basic certifications are listed below.  Our operators offer a  PADI  open water beginners' course.  Beyond the basic programs which are listed below, advanced NAUI and PADI courses are available on entry level Nitrox ( 2 day course with 2 dives), advanced Nitrox (2 day course with 4 dives), decompression techniques (4 day course with 6 dives), extended range (6 dives), and Tri-Mix 1 and 2.  Pre dive qualification is required on all advanced courses.   Dive certifications courses must be confirmed and reserved with rental bookings.   Entry level PADI certifications range from $200 to $345 for open water courses.

Daily single tank dive rates range from $20 to $40 with tanks and weights included.   Weekly dive programs consisting of 10 dives is approximately $300.  Weekly rates with ALL equipment included range from $415 to $485.   It is customary to tip the boat operators, dive guide or instructors. Tips generally range from 10 to 20%.  All operators accept payment in the Honduran Lempira or US dollars.  Credit cards are becoming generally accepted at dive shops. 

Courses -- Approximate Costs

Beginning dive course $280
Advanced dive course $280
Medic First aid $100
Rescue $330
Dive master $700
Resort  course (non certification) $100
Discover Scuba $100


Dive single $20 - 40
Night dives Add $5 to 10 to regular dive rate
Snorkel rental (24 Hour)      $10 per set

Marine Reserve Fees

Add $1.00 per dive for the Marine Reserve.  The Marine Reserve fee applies to training and fun dives.   The maximum fee charged for the Marine Reserve is $10/person per visit to Roatan.   There is a voluntary $1.00 fee for snorkeling visits in the Marine Reserve.

The new dive regulations and fees require that with boat dives, a Dive Master be in the water to monitor divers at all times, and that a boat crew member MUST remain in attendance at the dive site.

Dolphin swims, dives and course are available with the Institute for Marine Sciences located at Anthony's Key.  The dolphin beach encounter swim rate is $62/person, the dive is $137/person and the course is $202/person.  The dolphin course is on Tuesday and Thursday of each week (conditions permitting).   There are no dolphin activities on Wednesdays.  Check with Anthony's Key Resort for more information.

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