Typical Reef Topology around Roatan
The following illustration is a generalization of the type of
diving you will find in Roatan.
Roatan has been characterized as
a wall diving location due to its many wall dive sites. However, there are
just as many shallow dive locations that snorkelers and divers routinely
use. Roatan is surrounded by a
barrier reef that lies approximately 300 feet from the shore line. Many of
the dive sites are easily accessed from shore by snorkelers and divers.
Divers have the added advantage of having the dive shop boat take them to one of
the many mooring sites. There, the divers can easily access the site with
an in water dive master and the boat crew waiting nearby for the pickup.
Mooring sites are located on the inside of the reef and on the outer shelf near the wall drop off. There are several popular drift dive sites and
these may not have moorings. The boat crew will drift with the dive group
for pick up. There are only a few spots where the reef is exposed above
the normal waterline as illustrated below. Please keep in mind that the reef crest is typically
underwater by only about one foot and only in a few places can you swim over the
reef crest. Excellent diving will be found on the inside and outside of
the reef. Roatan is famous for its wall diving sites and excellent variety
of marine life. It has been estimated that you can see 90% of all the
marine life in the Caribbean in Roatan. Roatan has 78 documented sites and
information about those sites are being developed for this web site. You
will find that information in the