Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras

April 6 - 13, 2019

Island-based Trip

 A green sea turtle rests amongst the plentiful soft corals on a reef in Roatan, Honduras.

A green sea turtle rests amongst the plentiful soft corals on a reef in Roatan, Honduras.

Recently rated the #1 Caribbean dive destination, Roatán has long been a diver’s paradise, drawing ocean enthusiasts from all over the world. Visitors enjoy first-class diving, amenities and service after a quick flight from multiple US cities direct to the international airport on Roatán. The island itself is rich with history and vibrant with a beautiful mix of cultures. It is quiet, safe, affordable and the perfect dive escape.

With over 40 distinct dive sites within a 2 mile radius, the west end of the island is the perfect location on Roatán to set up base for your dive adventure. Those 40 dive sites include deep coral wall drift dives, expansive sand patches and slopes (your best chance to see eagle rays, sting rays and even the occasional hammerhead shark), winding shallow swim-thrus, large accessible shipwrecks and everything in between.

With long daylight hours, warm, clear waters, and an incredible array of dive sites all remarkably accessible, Roatán is the diver’s dive paradise. Photographers, adventure seekers, conscious conservationists, and beginner divers can all enjoy world-class experiences on the reefs of Roatán.

 Two Caribbean grey reef sharks patrol the Cara a Cara dive site at Roatan’s premiere shark dive.

Two Caribbean grey reef sharks patrol the Cara a Cara dive site at Roatan’s premiere shark dive.

In addition to SCUBA diving, Roatán offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities of the deeper variety. Explore the deep ocean as never before, in the world’s deepest publicly available deep sea submersible, Stanley Submarine’s Idabel. Explore parts of the world unseen to human eyes, and experience the ocean in a way which most will never have the opportunity.

Experience the beauty and exhilaration of deep sea fishing with Roatan’s #1 rated charter fleet, Ruthless Roatan Charters. Troll in complete comfort and style for marlin, tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, barracuda and more aboard one of two 42’ Hatteras, with stops at the Bay Islands most remote and beautiful beaches.

 

Expert Guide - ALEX Lichtblau

Alex spent 2 years living on Roatán, diving and familiarizing himself with its many nuances and attractions. He has logged 1000+ dives and 100+ certifications in the waters around Roatán, and has lead excursions to every corner of the island, including shark dives, seamount expeditions, outer island dives and everything in between.

During your trip, Alex will serve not only as one of your Divemasters and underwater photographers, but as your personal expert liaison to the island and all of its non-diving attractions as well. Alex is fluent in Spanish and his relationships with the top dive operations, hotels, restaurants, attractions and charitable organizations guarantee you a genuine local experience like no one else can provide. Dive the best spots, stay at the best hotel, eat the best foods and enjoy the most popular adventures. 

Rely on Alex before and throughout your trip for any and all of your planning and booking needs during your time on Roatán. Vacation like a local!

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Basic Dive & Stay Package - Roatan Divers & Blue Bahia Resort

Experience the best of the Caribbean during your scuba diving adventure on Roatan. Dive in small personal groups, from an Inside Under designated boat with your professional guide Alex Lichtblau and the experts at Roatan Divers through 8 dives on best dive sites the island has to offer.

Roatan Divers is a top-rated, family-owned, valet dive company with two locations on prime waterfront property in West End and Sandy Bay, Roatán. The shop’s locations are such that the majority of dive sites are less than 10 minutes away by boat ride (great for seasick divers). The shop has a small group policy (max 5 person/Divemaster) to ensure safety, quality service and a personalized experience. Fast, comfortable, fully equipped (O2, first aid kit, life jackets, VHF radio, GPS tracking, drinking water, snacks) dive boats tender you to the dive sites. Rental equipment is all high-quality and perfectly maintained Mares. Return from your dives to the dive shop to find a hot/cold beverage, a hot shower and all the fish talk you can handle. The Sandy Bay location is attached to the Blue Bahia hotel, and is located a 15 minute walk from the center of West End.

Never dived before? Not a problem...Roatán is the perfect place to get certified! Warm, clear, calm, and shallow waters provide the perfect classroom for diving. Complete the Open Water course, or most other courses, in Roatan with Alex and dive the rest of the week as a certified diver. Ask Alex about certification details and associated cost.

 All of the condo-style units at Blue Bahia offer a bright and comfortable space to relax in privacy after your adventures.

All of the condo-style units at Blue Bahia offer a bright and comfortable space to relax in privacy after your adventures.

 The pool, beach, and ocean beyond are a perfect place to soak up the Caribbean sun around Blue Bahia Resort.

The pool, beach, and ocean beyond are a perfect place to soak up the Caribbean sun around Blue Bahia Resort.

 Find all the amenities you’ll need in your private condo-style apartment, and accommodate any group size!

Find all the amenities you’ll need in your private condo-style apartment, and accommodate any group size!

During your 7-night stay in Roatan, you’ll stay in the beachfront eco-friendly boutique resort called Blue Bahia. Blue Bahia offers accommodations for every group size, and each condo-style room comes standard with all the amenities (A/C, private bathrooms, hot showers, WIFI, cable TV, daily housekeeping service). After enjoying the crystal clear waters and reefs in front of Blue Bahia, relax at the on-site restaurant Beach Grill and Bar, or lounge at the swimming pool.


 The Idabel accommodates two passengers and the pilot, down to depths of 2,500 feet in the profound depths around Roatan.

The Idabel accommodates two passengers and the pilot, down to depths of 2,500 feet in the profound depths around Roatan.

Deep Expedition A - Deep sea submersible dive - Stanley Submarines

Take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity and explore the deep ocean (down to 2000 feet) in the Idabel, Stanley Submarine’s most advanced deep sea submersible. Custom designed and built by submarine expert Karl Stanley specifically for deep sea expeditions in Roatan, Idabel offers you the chance to see parts of the world unseen by any humans, ever.

 New species are constantly dicovered in the depths of the ocean, including from Stanley Submarines Idabel in Roatan.

New species are constantly dicovered in the depths of the ocean, including from Stanley Submarines Idabel in Roatan.

Stanley boasts over 20 years and 5,000+ hours piloting deep-submersibles, making him one of the most experienced submersible captains in the world. Take the basic ride down to 1,000 feet, or go deeper, including tours to 1,500 and 2,000 feet.

Interested in something even more adventurous? Try a sub-dive with enormous six-gill sharks or a tour of a lophelia coral reef (deep water coral). Any one of these expeditions is guaranteed to provide you an inside look at life deep underwater.

Deep expedition B - deep sea fishing charter - Ruthless Roatan Charters

 Ruthless Roatan Charters’ beautifully furnished twin 42’ Hatteras fishing yachts are the only way to fish in Roatan.

Ruthless Roatan Charters’ beautifully furnished twin 42’ Hatteras fishing yachts are the only way to fish in Roatan.

The deep water surrounding Roatan is replete with big game fish. Spend a day cruising on one of Ruthless Roatan Charter’s two 42’ 1960’s Hatteras fishing yachts, Ruthless and Reel Action, with the most highly-rated, experienced and knowledgable fishing crew in the Caribbean. Fish for marlin, wahoo, tuna, mahi-mahi, barracuda and more in full comfort and style.

Each boat accommodates up to 14 people comfortably, with indoor A/C, kitchen and bar facilities, fresh water restroom and of course all of the fishing gear to guarantee a good time. Owners Tim and ‘Mini’ run each boat with love, care and expertise.

 Fish for marlin, wahoo, tuna, mahi mahi and others in the deep, rich waters around Roatan, Honduras.

Fish for marlin, wahoo, tuna, mahi mahi and others in the deep, rich waters around Roatan, Honduras.

This option includes a full-day charter, for 8 hours of fishing and deep sea fun, but ask about upgrading to a north shore tour, Cayos Cochinos excursion, or other specialty expedition.


Basic Dive & Stay Package - $999/person

(based on double occupancy)

Including

  • Roatán Dive/Island guide Alex Lichtblau

  • 8 dives with Roatan Divers, all rental gear included

  • 7-night stay at Blue Bahia in private studio apartment*

  • 1-year Roatán Marine Park membership

  • Airport transfers

  • All associated tax

  • Discounted preparation certification courses with Alex

Excluding

  • Airfare

  • Meals/Beverages (meal plan available)

  • Dive crew gratuity

available options

  • Additional dives - $35/tank

  • Night dive - $55

  • Unlimited Nitrox - $40/week

  • Shark dive - $100

  • Black-water dive - $150

  • ...many more...

Notices

  • 5% charge for PayPal and credit card payments

  • Divers/Travelers insurance is highly recommended


Deep Expeditions

  • a - Deep sea Submersible Dive (1,000 feet) — +$499/person (Based on Double occupancy)

  • b - Deep sea FUll day Fishing Charter — +$300/person

Deluxe Deep Expedition

  • Deep sea Submersible Dive (Lophelia Reef at 1,500 feet) & Full-day Deep sea Fishing Charter — +$1499/person (Based on Double occupancy)

 The fishing crew and happy guests of Ruthless, Ruthless Roatan Charters flagship vessel, enjoy the sunset over the Caribbean after a day of deep sea fishing!

The fishing crew and happy guests of Ruthless, Ruthless Roatan Charters flagship vessel, enjoy the sunset over the Caribbean after a day of deep sea fishing!

 The Idabel will bring you to deep seascapes never visited by humans before and introduce you to depths unknown!

The Idabel will bring you to deep seascapes never visited by humans before and introduce you to depths unknown!

 Any deep expedition is sure to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience, on the surface or deep below it.

Any deep expedition is sure to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience, on the surface or deep below it.


*Accommodation Options

(all include basic dive package)

  • 3 bedroom/2 bath Apartment Stay (6 people)— $699/person

  • 2 bedroom/1 bath Apartment Stay (4 people) — $849/Person

  • 1 Bedroom/1 Bath Apartment Stay (2 people)— $1,299/Person


...limited spaces available!


Additional Activity information

Besides the spectacular diving, Roatán also offers a wide array of non-diving adventures, attractions and activities. These include paddleboarding, ocean-front golf, yoga, bar-crawls, secluded beaches, secret rope swings and many more. Ask Alex about his favorite adventures with descriptions and price points, and he'll help you book what floats your boat.

Philanthropic Information

We aim to promote responsible tourism through all of our trips and supporting the community in which you are vacationing is part of that strategy. Want to help out? Take part in any number of volunteer projects during your stay. These include beach/bay clean ups, Roatán Marine Park service, requests from the local non-profit organization SOL, and others. You can also help by bringing school supplies, sports equipment with you when you travel, or bringing used batteries home with you to dispose of responsibly. You can even adopt your own dive site through the marine park and dive on it during the trip. The Roatán Marine Park also administers lionfish hunting licenses and provides a way for you to directly protect the reef during your adventures. Ask Alex how you can help.

Good eats Information

Blue Bahia offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner meal plan at $50/day, but part of the allure of Blue Bahia’s location is its access to a wide array of culinary options. From $5 local beach fare to 5-star dining, there are options for every taste and budget. A recommended restaurant list with descriptions and price points is available upon request, so ask Alex and tag along with him to his favorite spots.

Booking and Payment Information

Have more questions? Ready to get in the water? Signing up or learning more about this trip is easy. Just hit the button below, and then let me know your question or how many spots you would like to reserve, and I'll respond within 24 hours. In order to secure your spot, there is an initial $300 non-refundable deposit, and the remainder will be paid in two installments; the first being 50% of the balance, paid by December 31, 2018, and the second and final being the remainder, paid by February 28, 2019. Additional expedition bookings should be paid in full by February 28, 2019. Ask Alex about payment method options.