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Turquoise Bay Scuba Diving   Roatan, Honduras

Turquoise Bay Scuba Diving

Turquoise Bay is the only dive resort in this lush and remote area of Roatan providing scuba divers and snorkelers with the opportunity to dive and snorkel uncrowded, pristine sites. The North side of Roatan offers scuba divers and snorkelers the unique opportunity to experience the largest variety of reef topography on the island. Roatan, in the Bay Islands of Honduras, is surrounded by the world's second largest barrier reef that is one of the healthiest in the Caribbean due to the Roatan Marine Park and the local dive community encouraging conservative diving practices. Explore sloping plateaus perfect for spotting macro life, sheer walls with large soft corals and barrel sponges, wreck dives abundant with life, crevices, trenches, overhangs and cavern systems such as our two most popular dive sites Underground and Dolphin's Den.

Roatan's water temperature ranges from 78 – 84 F with visibility consistent between 60-100 feet.
About Subway Watersports

The on-site Dive Centre is operated by Subway Watersports, an elite PADI 5 Star Instructor Development and National Geographic Dive Center. Subway Watersports opened for business in April 2001 and soon became well known for its quality and personal service. Our location at Turquoise Bay opened in March 2006. We offer valet diving, take out small groups of 6-12 divers per boat and a PADI Divemaster guides all dives. Experienced Scuba Instructors offer PADI scuba diving lessons from beginner to Instructor in private classes. In addition to diving we offer snorkel trips, fishing and day trips to the neighbouring Bay Islands.

To learn more about scuba diving and dive lessons in Roatan with Subway Watersports visit our website.

Dive Schedule

Subway Watersports is open 7 days a week. Our dive and snorkel boats leave daily at 8:45 am, 10:45 am and 2 pm. We offer one night boat dive per week (more on request). We scuba dive and snorkel mainly on the north shore of Roatan in the area between Sandy Bay and Punta Gorda. Our dive sites are close by so we come back to the dive shop for our surface intervals. When we go to some of the further dive sites we do a two tank dive in the morning and one tank in the afternoon. We are the only dive operator diving on this part of Roatan which means you will not see other scuba divers during your dive and have private unspoiled dive sites.

All-Inclusive dive packages include three boat dives per day. Should the sea conditions not allow us to dive on the Roatan North shore we will take our guests by bus to an alternate location on the South side of Roatan. When diving on the South side we are able to do two boat dives per day instead of three. This scenario may happen between December and March because of strong Northerly wind.

Dive Sites
Best Places to Dive in Roatan

A selection of dive sites you may explore on your Roatan dive holiday.

Dolphin Den

The shallow cave like swim-through Dolphin Den takes you from the inside of the reef to the outside. The maze of tunnels and caverns is so extensive that you can spend your whole dive inside it, still it is simple enough not to get lost. There are plenty of openings in the ceiling to make this dive save, still one may want to stay close to his dive buddy.

Inside the cavern one may find thousands of silversides and other creatures like moray eels. The silversides seam to have been the reason for the tragic death of a pod of dolphins whose remains was found inside the cavern. They must have followed the silversides inside and got disoriented.

Depth range: 5 – 12 meter (15 – 40 feet)
Experience required: Intermediate


 

Underground

Located alongside one of the channels through the reef, this dive site turns into a tunnel at 20ft with numerous cracks letting sunlight stream in, opening out into the deep channel reaching 80ft, where you can find starfish, anemones & rays.

Depth range: 5 – 25 meter (15 – 80 feet)
Experience required: Beginner, intermediate for swim throughs.

Sponges

At this amazing wall you can find many different sponges and corals including huge barrel sponges and spectacular pillar corals. The drop-off is at 60 feet and drops to 180 feet. Very often there are turtles, nurse-sharks and eagle rays passing by, as well as morays. During the dive it is common to find several cleaning stations, and the safety stop has some beautiful elk horn.

Depth range: 5 – 40 meter (15 – 130 feet)
Experience required: Beginner

Andy's Wall

A colourful wall with soft and hard corals, often visited by groupers, schools of chubs, creole wrasse, horse-eye jacks and black durgons among others. The wall starts at 60ft, dropping to 160.

Depth range: 5 – 40 meter (15 – 130 feet)
Experience required: Beginner

 

Labyrinth

There's something for everyone at the Labyrinth, it starts with a shallow area of 40ft perfect for beginners and slowly slopes down to 60 feet. Hidden in a big hole in the rock, a spotted drum patrols his territory among schools of glassy sweepers. The sandy canyons winding through towering rock formations provide thrilling swim-throughs.

Depth range: 5 – 18 meter (15 – 60 feet)
Experience required: Beginner, intermediate for swim-throughs.

Fish Spot

This site has two names it was named the view as it is directly out from the view restaurant. It has also been named fish spot for its abundant amount of fish around the top of the reef between 15 to 20 feet.

Depth range: 5 – 25 meter (15 – 80 feet)
Experience required: Beginner

Sea Star Channel

This site is ideal as training site as we begin our dive in the sandy shallows at around 7ft, we weave our way through the shallow corral heads to the west and down into the channel. The channel has got its name from the abundance of cushioned sea stars that lye in the base of the channel, this is a good area for spotting southern sting rays which on murky days are many. Follow the channel out keeping to the slope in your right hand side the sand slope soon turns into coral heads which multiply until you reach a shallow wall at around 25ft, follow this till you reach an entrance between two coral heads which take you into a wide canyon bowl. Around the entrance we have seen eagle rays on numerous occasions. The middle of the bowl goes down to around 80ft and the topography inside changes into a rocky environment, look under the rocks for toadfish. After exploring inside the canyon bowl, take the same route back.

Depth range: 5 – 25 meter (15 – 80 feet)
Experience required: Beginner

Odyssey Wreck

Roatan's biggest wreck lies at 110 ft in a big sand patch next to a beautiful reef wall. The bow of the wreck is sitting upright while the superstructure of the stern is sitting at a 30 degree angle which makes swimming through it quite interesting. The midsection has collapsed from the powerful surge of several cold fronts.

Depth range: 18 – 40 meter (60 – 130 feet)
Experience required: Advanced
El Aguila Wreck Dive

A 210' cargo boat perfectly sunk at 100 feet of water on a sandy bottom full of deep garden eels. It has been adapted for penetration diving so you can descend onto open large compartments where you can surprise a number of fish in their homes. Adjacent to the boat runs the wall to finish off the dive among the shallow water tropical fish. When El Aguila sunk in 1997, it was upright in 110 feet of water. In October 1998, Hurricane Mitch arrived and battered the north shore, breaking it into 3 pieces but Mitch provided a service to the wreck divers of Roatan. The 3 pieces created extra nooks and crannies to investigate.

Depth range: 18 – 40 meter (60 – 130 feet)
Experience required: Advanced

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Roatan

Welcome to Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands in Honduras. Discover an island with authentic Caribbean and Latin American lifestyles and warm, friendly islanders greeting you wherever you go. Located on Roatan's Northeast shore Turquoise Bay is the only dive resort in this lush and remote area of the island providing you with the opportunity to dive uncrowded, pristine dive sites. The resort is set on a hillside with spectacular ocean views and a protected bay which makes the water calm and perfect for swimming and kayaking. Beach lovers will enjoy our private, tranquil, 500 ft white-sand beach.

At Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort you will enjoy the very individual and personal service that only a small dive resort can offer. Our friendly local staff takes pride in getting to know our guests and making them feel at home.

Honduras

Honduras is a vibrant country, brimming with clear turquoise waters, pristine beaches, lush jungles, breathtaking mountains, challenging rivers, and fascinating ancient ruins. Vast expanses of mother nature are to be found everywhere. We welcome you here to learn more about this beautiful country, explore all its wonders, and eventually, see Honduras for yourself.

Ecotours, inexpensive scuba diving, river rafting, and mountain treks are what Honduras is known for today. Honduras is enjoying a boom in popularity, as the rich and famous have found a place where they can still travel unknown.

The Country of Honduras is home to people from various ancestries, from the Mayan Indians, who left us the Copan Ruins archaeological site (considered one of the most artistically advanced and detailed of all Mayan cities) to the Garifuna communities (known in Europe as the Black Caribs) which are found today on the Island of Roatan, Cayos Cochinos, and costal towns within Honduras.
 

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