Roatan Island Dive Sites 21 to 25

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21  Parrot Tree
Depth 5 to 130+ feet with boat access:
Tunicates photo taken by Rick Reno.
Photo by Rick Reno

The island shelf is well defined in this area and there are two shelves to explore.  Lettuce coral, shrimp, tunicates, and sea horses will be seen between the sand chutes.  Water clarity in this area is subject to wave action and visibility decreases the closer you get to the channel. 

22  Helene
Depth 20 to 130+ feet with boat access:
Sea fan photo by Matt Hoover, West End Digital, Roatan.

Sea Fans
Photo by Matt Hoover

Helene is also called Rose, Santa Elena, Helena, or St. Helene.  Getting to this remote dive area takes a bit of doing.  The section of the Roatan is rarely visited by tourists but dive operators in Oakridge will take you to this area. 

23  Barbareta and Morat Walls
Depth 50 to 130+ feet with boat access:

Azure Vase Sponge photo by Carlos Gordon, Roatan.
Azure Vase Sponge
Photo by Carlos Gordon

The Barbareta and Morat Walls is a 3 mile reef running parallel to the islands.  Huge sponges and gorgonians are common here.   Large orange elephant ear sponges are surrounded by other variety of rope sponges and a great variety of marine life.  Most of the marine species that are found in the Bay Islands can be seen here.  This dive location makes a good drift dive spot for multiple dives. 

24  Verde Grande
Depth  6 to 40 feet with boat access:
Porcupine fish photo by Rick Reno, Salty Dog Productions, Utila.
Porcupine Fish
Photo by Rick Reno

Similar to Spooky Channel, Verde Grande has a system caverns and cuts through the reef.  Most dive groups are dropped on one side of the reef and then picked up on the other side after you explore the caverns, Elkhorn coral, and other shallow water corals and marine species.  An underwater light is suggest for this area and take care to follow the dive guide briefing. 

25  1912 Wreck
Depth 6 to 40 feet with boat access:
Whaleshark photo by Rick Reno, Salty Dog Productiions, Utila.

Whale Shark
Photo by Rick Reno

The wreck is partially exposed at the surface and large pieces of steel including the ship's boiler can be seen.  The reef in this area also has a deep water cut and walls that can be explored.  The reef system extends for miles in each direction and many marines species will be found.  Be sure to swim the inside and outside reef areas to get an appreciation of the corals and marine life that is typical along the northern coastline. 

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