Diving and Water Sports on Roatan
‘Diving and Water Sports on Roatan’ – Arguably, there may not be a better place in the Western Hemisphere than Roatan, Bay Islands for Diving and Water Sports.
Roatan is surrounded by coral reef and in many instances, is just a matter of feet from the shoreline. This reef is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef runs for over 600 miles from Mexico to Panama, with the Bay Islands land masses that are surrounded by it.
This spectacular and diverse ecosystem on Roatan is found very close to shore. Therefore it offers some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. With hundreds of dive sites, the eco systems changes many times offering different sea life, coral structures and types. This, all within short distances on different areas of the island.
Thousands of species of sea life is found including gentle giants like Whale Sharks. Dolphins are commonly seen near the shore and can be experiences in various excursions for visitors.
If fishing is your thing it matters little if you wish ‘flats’ sports fishing for Permit, Bonefish and Tarpon you will find areas in between shoreline and reef to be plentiful with great sports fishing. Whether you prefer spin casting, bait casting or fly fishing you will fish the atmosphere pleasant, beautiful and enjoyable.
Deep Sea fishing for large marlin, sailfish and large fish in the “deep blue” outside the reef to be a great adventure that you will wish to enjoy and wish to experience again and again.
No licensing for fishing is needed though some areas of the island, especially on the western half has been designated as a Marine Reserve where all fishing inside the reef is prohibited. Spear fishing is illegal though there are spearfishing days that are normally sponsored by the Roatan Marine Park in conjunction with designated days to control the population of invasive Lion fish. These are often followed by Lion Fish meals for the participants, (delicious!).