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    First dive trip and I planned ... Roatan! Feedback needed

    Need all the tips I can get. Resort is booked in West Bay beach area. We are both very new to scuba but want to get the best dives we can out of this trip. What are the must do dive sites (taking into account we are newbies)? We planned to use the dive shop at the resort, Mayan Divers, any feedback? Trip is in January but I don't think weather should be too much of a factor (end of rainy season). Any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    Maybe I can be specific. Talking to a few people who have been to Roatan to dive I hear there is quite a bit of shore diving. Being so new my husband and I aren't ready to go out on on own. Can anyone recommend the best guided dive sites, the must see's if you will, while we are there?

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    Unfortunately, my dives there in the past years has been with Anthony's Key Resort on a cruise ship dive. I'm hoping to get here myself, soon.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    Actually there isn't a lot of shore diving on Roatan at all unless you stay at one of the AI resorts - Cocoview, Fantasy Island, Reef House Resort - all on the south side or Anthony's Key which has a shallow average dive off the Key. You can also muck dive in the channel there but that's what it sounds like, shallow and poor visibility. And you have to be a guest to do either afaik. The resort ferry out to the Key is for guests only afaik.

    The reef off West Bay is too far out except for one spot near the Mayan Princess. It's more of a snorkel but gets to about 25' in one area. You also have to know how to enter because in some spots the coral comes right up to the surface and you'll get all cut up trying to float over it.

    There is a lot of shallow snorkeling off Roatan. What makes West Bay Beach so nice is that it's flat and sandy in most areas for a long distance out. By the time you would surface swim out to the reef you'd both be in the boat channel and the beach awfully small looking - farther than I'd want to swim. We boat drift dive near there at Texas and can just barely see people on the beach.

    There's a couple shallow dive possibilities in the West End - one not good for you unless you're very good on air since the entry is one way and requires a 45+ min. long drift dive around the point and into Half Moon Bay. The entry is off SeaGrape resort but it's a leap off a concrete pier - once you commit you're not getting back on-shore there since the ironshore there is 6-10 high and vertical. If there is any wave action it smashes into the wall there. I rent a house nearby - it's pretty spectacular. There's a shop on-site at SeaGrape but IDK if they have anyone that would guide it.

    There's a nice easy shallow dive/snorkel off Half Moon Bay Cabins on the east side of Half Moon Bay in the West End. You can swim out to it from the beach near Sundowners bar - about 60 yds. Or HMBC has a dock - but it may be guests only. Every day as we rode by on our boat someone was out there. You could probably do that one yourselves. The guy that runs the deep submersible sub there dropped a small wreck nearby to use it's keel as his lead stash - sunk so people won't steal it. Not very deep though. Probably your best opportunity in the area.

    Another issue you'll have is finding tank rentals on that side (or anywhere) of the island. Since most operations are boat based, there just aren't many rentals available. Sueno Del Mar is one op I've read that might let tanks go offsite. You might see if Maya Divers would let you also.

    You can access the reef off Sandy Bay from shore but it's a 300 yard swim out. Not suitable for beginners. You can get out to Spooky Channel but it's also not a beginner dive - and a long swim out. There can be a lot of current there. And it will take you out not in if you get caught in it. Bay Islands Beach Resort used to drop divers out there for the swim back but they've been closed for a couple years. There's closer access from the dock at a private B&B compound but if occupied that week the owners won't let you have access - we tried. Spooky itself is a more technically complex dive since it's somewhat overhead obstructed and pops you out deep on the wall near the end. Again not for beginners.

    On the south side, the best shore dive is off Cocoview and Fantasy Island, it's Newmans wall and the Prince Albert wreck. Cocoview's access is for guests only - IDK what is happening with FIBR since they just recently re-opened after remodeling. But I suspect it's guests only also. Reef House Resort nearby also has their house dive - IDK it at all.

    Here's a fairly complete list. http://www.shorediving.com/Earth/Car...atan/index.htm #'s 1-3 are off Cocoview/FIBR. 4 is Sandy Bay, 5-6 are the Spooky access, #7 is Anthony's Key, #8 is the long drift at Seagrape and #9 is the dive off Half Moon Bay that I think you could do. Some details on the West Bay dive near your resort are listed in #11.

    It's not a shore dive but the Dolphin Dive at Anthony's Key is well within your skill set. And a lot of fun. You'll go out for 45mins. to 60' and play with 2-3 dolphins on a flat sandy plain (chosen for the Dolphins as well as your safety) I think it's about $145pp. now. AKR is maybe 15mins. by cab from Mayan Princess. Maya Divers probably also sells it. And the Shark Dive which is also not for beginners as the descent can be pretty rough.

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    Next trip if you want to do some easy shore diving consider Curacao. Most of the better dive sites are beach entries, have on-site operators and guides are available with notice either on-site or via one of several guide operations. Including the Dive Bus which does escorted shore diving all over the island - and will pick you up. There's also 3-4 dive operators - Relaxed Guided, Trunk Divers, Discover - that specialize in shore diving. Curacao is also very low/no current diving and is the same reef structure as Bonaire but easier/cheaper/faster to get to. Many Bonaire flights go thru Curacao first.

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    Thanks for all the details. This is very helpful. We are staying at the Mayan Princess so maybe we will try the dive out front, with a guide of course! It sounds like you have dove in Roatan frequently, which dive shop services do you like best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by diversteve View Post
    Next trip if you want to do some easy shore diving consider Curacao. Most of the better dive sites are beach entries, have on-site operators and guides are available with notice either on-site or via one of several guide operations. Including the Dive Bus which does escorted shore diving all over the island - and will pick you up. There's also 3-4 dive operators - Relaxed Guided, Trunk Divers, Discover - that specialize in shore diving. Curacao is also very low/no current diving and is the same reef structure as Bonaire but easier/cheaper/faster to get to. Many Bonaire flights go thru Curacao first.
    Sounds like a great next vacation stop. I've never been but the pictures look amazing. I've been reading Snagle's thread on Bonaire and it sounds fantastic too. I think we will stick to the guided dives till we are more experienced though, unless we went with a group. I love adventure but I want to be alive to keep my adventures going!

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    We like Coconut Tree Divers in the West End. But we stay near there so it makes sense to use them. Native Sons or Reef Gliders are also good in that area. I've also heard good things about West End but don't even know for certain where it is. For south side diving my favorite operator is Barefoot Divers at Barefoot Cay. If you go back later and have more experience (more dives or AOW) they'll take you to Mary's Place which is the signature Roatan dive - 5mins. off their dock. They also run over to Cocoview and dive the Prince Albert. Really they're about it for public dive operators on that side since CCV/RHR or FIBR have their own on-site ops for their guests only. You can't even dive CCV without being a guest since they have their own private island.

    I can't say anything bad about Anthony's Key either. We did the dolphin dive with them and ate there one night while a friend took a precautionary chamber ride. If you did get bent on Roatan that's where you want to go - they have an onsite hyperbaric medicine doctor - he also does general work. The hospital in Coxen Hole wasn't much - my friend later spent overnight there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diversteve View Post
    We like Coconut Tree Divers in the West End. But we stay near there so it makes sense to use them. Native Sons or Reef Gliders are also good in that area. I've also heard good things about West End but don't even know for certain where it is. For south side diving my favorite operator is Barefoot Divers at Barefoot Cay. If you go back later and have more experience (more dives or AOW) they'll take you to Mary's Place which is the signature Roatan dive - 5mins. off their dock. They also run over to Cocoview and dive the Prince Albert. Really they're about it for public dive operators CCV/RHR or FIBR have their own on-site ops for their guests only. You can't even dive CCV without being a guest since they have their own private island.

    I can't say anything bad about Anthony's Key either. We did the dolphin dive with them and ate there one night while a friend took a precautionary chamber ride. If you did get bent on Roatan that's where you want to go - they have an onsite hyperbaric medicine doctor - he also does general work. The hospital in Coxen Hole wasn't much - my friend later spent overnight there.
    My husband has his AOW but is still new. I'm completing my referral in Roatan. Thanks again for all the info. I do hope we don't need the doctor referral though, lol!

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    Sounds like a great trip. When I first read it, I was wondering about the shore diving because when we were there didn't find a lot of it as diversteve outlines. You may want to consider booking some boat dives. The reef in Roatan is Awesome - probably the best I've seen, but you need a boat to get there safely. Don't be hesitant to book boat dives even with the limited experience. They will take care of you and only dive what you are comfortable with. With this you will have a guide to show you things and to help you....with shore diving you will be on your own.

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