Diving - Diving - Diving
Roatan forms part of the Meso American Barrier reef which stretches from Yucatan in Mexico to the Honduran Bay Islands. It is the second largest barrier reef in the world. Roatan has some of the most stunning underwater vistas you will find in the world, deep and shallow reef types with colorful corals, sponges and abundant tropical marine life, especially in the Roatan Marine Park area. The island is surrounded by coral reef and crystal clear waters, making it an ideal destination for divers. Most divers come to dive in Westend, because it is inexpensive and some of the best dive sites are only a 5 - 20 minutes boat ride away.
There are many dive shops all around the island close to famous dive sites such as Mary's Place, Barbaretta Banks, Morat Wall and Dolphin Grave Yard. Dive Safaris can take you to remote dive sites not many people even know about. We can also help you arrange dive safaris to the Pigeon Cays, Guanaja or the sea mount off Cayos Cochinos.
GET YOUR PADI in Westend!
Roatan is still one of the least expensive places in the world to get your PADI certification. and there is no better place to learn diving than right here in Westend.
A PADI OPEN WATER COURSE takes 3 - 4 days, $350. There are 10 dive shops in a short walking distance from Lands End.
If you are not sure wether or not diving is for you, just try! All dive shops in Westend offer trial dives for $100 /p, a 4hrs experience to a maximum depth of 40ft/12mts.
Explore the unknown - Go Deeper
Idabel will take you deeper into the unexplored Cayman Trench than most people have ever ventured— illuminating depths down to 2,000 feet (610 meters) below the surface. Through the submarine's large plexiglass viewing bubble you will see a wide variety of deep sea animal life rarely encountered by humans. Idabel docks at Half Moon Bay, 4 minutes walk from Lands End.
1000ft - 1 1/2 Hours - get a taste
1500ft – 2 1/2 Hours - 6 Gilled Shark Dive 1500+ft – 4 – 8 Hours
2000ft – 3 1/2 Hours - only god and carl knows what you will see down there
SnorkelingYou can snorkel righ off Lands End dock. Near by Half Moon Bay is a great snorkel spot for those new to snorkeling or limited swimming abilities. Half day snorkeling trips – take you half way up the island visiting beautiful snorkel sites such as the Sea Star Garden, the mangroves and more. Full day snorkeling trips take you either around Roatan and neighboring islands and cays or to Cayos Cochinos. No matter where you choose to go, it will be an unforgettable trip to pristine snorkel scenery and postcard beaches on uninhabited islands.
Horse back riding
Imagine a pathway with azure waters lapping at the shoreline on one side and swaying coconut, and tropical almond trees on the other side. This is horseback riding in Roatan. Of course, depending on your level of expertise, you can ride step to step or fly upon your mounted steed along the sandy beaches. You can transition from a casual walk, to a comfortable trot, or an upswing cantor, to a full throttle gallop.
Dolphin Encounter / Snorkeling with Dolphins
The Dolphin Encounter at Anthony’s Key is an opportunity for everyone to interact with dolphins on the mammal’s own initiative. You wade in hip deep water and pet the dolphin, get kissed and have your picture taken. 30min, $63. The Dolphin snorkel consists of the Encounter + a 30 min snorkel session where you can observe and play with these amazing creatures. 30min $105. The Dolphin Dive is for certified divers only. A small boat with no more than six divers being taken just five minutes outside the reef. The encounter is 45 minutes long and allows time to observe,…
Zip line canopy tour
There are popular zip line canopy tours within a 10 min drive from Lands End. Both operations offer safe but thrilling rides through the jungle canopy on 18 lines. You will receive a thorough introduction to the equipment and safety rules. A professional will guide you through the jungle, from platform-to-platform. You can hire a professional photographer on site and buy a foto CD with all the action shots.
Both operations provide pick up and drop off. One also offers a nature park with monkeys and other animals.
Locals and fishing charters will charge you anywhere between $ 70 and $ 120 per hour depending on the boat and the season. You cruise up and down a little bit with some rods attached to the boat. But hey, you had a couple of beers, talked about equipment and burned some fuel.
WE CAN HELP YOU ARRANGE
Original Roatan old style dugout canoe fishing - not for the faint of heart - yet unforgettable for sure!
Cayos Cochinos full day boat tour including fishing with Tim & Michelle - Hatteras, great people, experience of a life time!
Fishing with a legend: Go fishing with Aaron Loafer and tell us if we have promised too much!
Daily encounters with Caribbean Reef Sharks are scheduled at Waihuka dive center off the south shore of Roatan. Dive time: 45 min, depth 24m (72 ft). Dive certification required. Typicalty there are 10 – 20 sharks, 6 to 8 feet long, all Caribbean Reef Sharks, several hundred pounds each. A snack of fish (1-2 pounds) is kept in a bucket. Divers watching the sharks circling the area. After 15 minutes of watching the sharks, the bucket is presented to the sharks for a few moments of action as they jostle for position and a snack.
Kite Surfing & Wind Surfing
There is a wind surfing school in Sandy Bay, a 10 min taxi ride from Westend. The school has 60 boards for all skills and levels. As well as having various courses you can take part in, windsurf hire is also available. For more info www.windsurfhonduras.com A Kite Surfing school is located in the east of Roatan.