While the island was a foot under water both times we ventured into the Caribbean to go diving in Honduras, we made the most of it and decided to spend our days, well, underwater. Because, I mean, we’re already getting wet, you know?
Due to the heavy rains, the surface was churning, which doesn’t translate to great clarity underwater. Thus, much of what we saw is how you’re seeing it, cloudy and as if scrutinized under an unfocused microscope lens.
That doesn’t make it any less beautiful in my mind. I’ve gone diving all around the world at this point and am continuously impressed by the marine landscape of this Caribbean isle and specifically the high volume of schools of fish you find hanging out by every reef.
The majority of accommodations on Roatan have their own dive operation, which makes things very simple. At Barefoot Cay, for example, you just sign up on the wipe board daily for the next day’s dives, and when you arrive, all of your gear will be loaded onto your dive boat and ready for you to submerge. It’s all about
spoiling convenience for the diver here on Roatan.
One thing to consider if planning on diving frequently as we do—or participating in any activity of such a physical nature—is investing in annual travel insurance. I hope I don’t ever end up in a compression chamber, but if I do, my insurance plan will be footing the bill for the tens of thousands of dollars that would cost out of pocket!
The first site we tackled during our brief day of diving was a coral garden and very leisurely wall dive at about 50 feet. Then, we went back to shore for our surface interval and picked up Layne, who joined us for Mary’s Place, arguably the island’s most famed site. Aren’t we some Neoprene-clad beauties?
Mary’s Place was phenomenal, as we swam through three very narrow cavernous cracks caused by volcanic activity at 95 feet under the surface. Looking up toward the light, you could see a number of black coral overhangs and a rainbow of fish.
Alas, we didn’t have our proper underwater camera and housing and only the GoPro—which is only functional under perfect natural light…I would recommend this agile little model if you’re doing outdoor sports like skiing or surfing that let in a lot of sun, but not for diving—so we have no great snaps from Mary’s. But for all the divers out there, it is a site worth checking out as it’s unlike any other I’ve experienced in my five years diving.
(And, as always, a lack of suitable equipment didn’t stop us from hamming it up on camera.)