Scuba Diving Information and Rates

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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. 

All dive packages are subject to weather and sea conditions permitting safe operations.  During a typical 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.   Divers typically bring their own mask, snorkel, fins and light weight wet suit if desired, (these items may be rented).  

You must bring your dive certification card.  Certifications are available at all levels and only the basic certifications are listed below.  Dive 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.   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.  For a description of the Anthony's Key Resort dolphin programs, please click here.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018
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