Even before landing on the island of Roatan, your imagination starts to soar. Visions of crystal clear water, multi-colored sponges and corals, occupied by dazzling tropical fish come to life when you look out of the airplane window and view the island. The light turquoise water turns dramatically to a deep royal blue where the reef forms a wall and separates the shallow bays from the drop-off into the unknown.You can’t help it; you are seized by the desire to put on your mask, jump in and explore the wonders that await you.
Dive operators out of Fantasy Island Resort make it easy for you to satisfy your craving for an underwater experience. The captain’s boat handling skills, local knowledge and friendly charm will put you at ease as he navigates through shallow areas and close-set hazards to set you right onto your target area. Between dives, you’ll be treated to the comfort of fluffy towels and bathrobes while you indulge in freshly cut tropical fruits and melons.
The boat crew is equally as impressive as the captain. Their marine knowledge and underwater navigation skills will amaze even the most advanced divers. Want to swim with a giant moray eel? Need to photograph a nudibranch? Yearning to see a seahorse? Just ask the divemasters — they’ll point them out with such nonchalance, you may think that the ocean is more like their living room than a realm of unknown.
Dive-Master Derry McLaughlin helps diver to take a picture
On average, the visibility is about a hundred feet, although this may drop to 80 feet during the rainy season or a spawn.
At the depth of over 80 feet.
In the warmer months expect the water temperature to hover in the low eighties; during January and February it will fall to the high 70s. While this may sound bathtub-warm, you will still need some sort of thermal protection as you will be spending up to an hour submerged, and could be exposed to cloudy or windy conditions during your surface intervals.