Scuba and Snorkel Guide
Divers, Snorkelers, Fishermen, and Cruiseship Passengers
You are probably coming to
visit Roatan for its world famous barrier reef and its marine life.
The Roatan Marine Park is a local non profit organization that
together with the Bay Island Conservation Association co-manages the
Bay Island Marine Reserve. This group operates under a
Memorandum of Agreement with the National Institute of Conservation
and Forestry Development, Protected Areas and Wildlife to manage the
marine protected area along the northwest coast of Roatan.
This non governmental organization operates from donations from
individuals, Roatan businesses and profits from its Eco Store.
Your participation is critical to keeping the Roatan Marine
Sanctuary a world class snorkeling and diving location to visit.
To learn more about how you can contribute and participate in their
You can also visit their headquarters in West End. They are located
just across from the white church. Stop in and checkout their
Eco Store and make a purchase or a donation!
Roatan Island has over 132
and snorkeling sites which are listed on a chart on this
Even though Roatan has a lot of dive sites, there are at least 25 sites that are
readily accessible to tourists. The 25 sites are numbered on the map
rarely affects diving on the entire island. Generally speaking, the
northwest side of the island is protected most of the year from the normal
southeast trade winds except for the short rainy season in December and
January. Even in December and January, the West End area and northern side
may be calm and enjoy excellent diving conditions. If wind conditions or
weather becomes and issue, the dive operators and resorts will simply move their
boats to the "lee side" of the island and calmer waters. Thus,
when planning your diving vacation, you should not need to worry about the
Sea and brain coral
Blue tube formation
Photos above courtesy of Matt
Hoover, West End Digital
The most popular dive sites are listed
in groups of 5 sites to speed the loading when viewing. Just move your
cursor over the number in the map and click or scroll down this page to view a
quick index of the 25 sites.
Index of the 25 popular dive sites on Roatan