Roatan island style website featuring articles and stories of adventure, yarns and photography, this is how we invite you to experience the island. Roatan readers grasp a sense of what it means to escape to pristine beaches, coral reefs and participate in the islands culture.
Where In The World?
Divers are coming from all over the world to experience this rustic, unspoiled, breath taking coral reef island. Roatan is situated along The Great Western Barrier Reef off the coast of Honduras, which is the second largest reef in the world. The crystal clear waters of Roatan are particularly rich with diverse species in the Caribbean in terms of both coral and fish life.
The diving Roatan experience is unmatched any where in the world. Why diving Roatan is still relatively unknown and has retained its natural, unspoiled look. The Caribbean water is emerald green and perfectly clear with a 150 ft visibility range. The coral formations, caves, magnificent walls, intricate labyrinths, and incredible diversity of marine life simply astounds the most experienced of divers while diving Roatan.
Sandy Bay - West End Marine Park
photo Jackson Photography
A Marine Park has been established to maintain the pristine condition of the delicate ecosystem of the reef. Most of the dive shops in Roatan have agreed to offer the Open Water Course for nothing less than $200. This was implemented to give the dive shops and dive masters the time and resources to protect the fragile reef, as well as maintain high safety standards for diving Roatan. These efforts have been established to deter any possible future decline of the reef ecosystem.
The Roatan Marine Park is located in West End Village. One of the primary reasons it was formed was to minimize poaching within the reserve. Organized by businesses and individuals concerned about the reef, patrol boats were initiated to coordinate with the police to catch poachers. The effort has more than encouraged the further development of the Park. In just two years there has been a significant increase in conchs, turtles, and aquarium fish on the reef.
"Yes, I love it.
The sea is everything.
It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe.
Its breath is pure and healthy.
It is an immense desert where man is never alone
for he feels life, quivering around him on every side.
There is supreme tranquility.
The sea does not belong to despots.
On its surface iniquitous rights can still be exercised,
men can fight there, devour each other there, and transport all terrestrial horrors there.
But at thirty feet below its level their power ceases, their influence dies out, their might disappears.
Ah, sir, live in the bosom of the waters!
There alone is independence.
There I recognise no masters!
There I am free."
Jules Verne. 2000 Leagues Under The Sea.