The dive sites at Roatan are within the best of the world. The warm water of the caribbean sea, the wonderful corals and the amazing fish population, makes Roatan to one of the most attractive places for divers.

Henrys Cove Dive Center is located in the north east of the island of Roatan. The dive sites have a big variety with a  different topography. There are shallow areas of the reef with beautiful gardens of corals, which are home to quite a lot of fish, softly falling coral groves which are drawn through by areas of sand, where the rays like to stay, drawn-out canyons, which fall down under the depth of sport diving and where big groupers, barracudas, turtles, rays and sharks prefer to have their domicile. Nearly all dive sites have a steep face, which falls down to over 40m/133ft. There like to stay eagle rays. A lot of the dive sites have canyons which are easily to dive in, which offer various sizes from „small as shoulder to shoulder“ to „a train can pass there“. There are caves as well in a lot of the dive sites. One of them is Dolphins Graveyard, one of the most famous dive sites in Roatan, but still far away from the mainstream tourism, so that there are not often boats. That is even better for us, because the cave in front of our dive center has a maximum depth of 12m/40ft.

There are only a few dive centers  in the north east, that‘s why the reefs are still in a natural condition, compared to other areas of the island. We have a radius of 15-20 minutes with over 30 dive sites nearly for us alone.

The average visibility is between 30m/100ft and 40m/133ft, the water temperature is in a year average between 27°C/80°F and 30°C/86°F.

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Dolphins Graveyard: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 8 minutes

Level of difficulty: easy – medium, suitable for beginners

A cave easily to dive in with breakthroug to the surface. Maximum depth 12m/40ft. Is to be dived from the inner reef as well as from the exterior reef. The cave connects the inner reef with the exterior reef, that’s why there are a lot of fish with a lot of lobsters, green morays, toad fish, breams, fireworms, grunts, anemones and with a bit of luck a sea horse and pipefish.

The entrance to the inner reef is decorated by rock which rise to the surface, where there hide angel fish and rainbow wrasses.  The entrance itself is at 9m/30ft depth and often blocked by a school of sweeper. In the first chamber of the cave there are green morays, sergeant fish and a few lobster. The cabinet with an access to the surface connects the first chamber of the cave with the second chamber. The second chamber is home to countless lobsters, fireworms, big breams and snappers and a school of sweeper. After diving through the second chamber you are in the exterior reef. Now you have to dive back. Because the cave has more than one aisles, we take back another route. Diving past the breams, passing the groupers and morays, grunts and angelfish.

The end of the dive is relaxed along a area of sand with scorpion fish, great spider crabs, king crabs, cleaner shrimp and with a bit of luck pipefish.

 

Mongoose: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 5 minutes

Level of difficulty: easy, suitable for beginners

A dive site which is 2 dive sites.

Diving Mongoose direction south, you will dive through caves, canyons, areas of sand, pinnacles and big rocks, which are located in the way. It is special in the morning with a spectacle of light. Morays, lobsters, rays, spotted drumfish (which makes noises), king crabs and with a bit of luck a sea horse and pipefish are accompanying us on the way. Even for a beginner this is a recommended tour, because the surface is all the time reachable and the maximum depth is not more than 18m/60ft.

Diving Mongoose to the north, the ground falls continuously from canyons and plateaus down to 30m/100ft. There you will find a wall which falls down more than 40m/133ft. Because of the existing current it is one of the best dive sites to find eagle rays. Big schools of fish between the big corals offer optimal conditions for groupers and barracudas. On the way back to the reef we will dive through soft canyons, the preferred area of nurse shark, so that we can admire schools of doctorfish, sergeant fish, triggerfish, box fish in the inner reef beneath the boat.

 

Punta Blanca Channel East: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 4 minutes

Level of difficulty: medium, suitable for beginners

A dive site for the fans of the mountains. There are big rocks and canyons in the complete dive site, which has a maximum depth of 25m/83ft. Endless are the possibilities to dive through the canyons, and sometimes it is possible to dive underneath those. The dive site is built like a labyrinth in all directions. You need more than 1 or 2 dives to discover everything. In nearly all rifts and cave arches there is something to discover. In the areas of sand there like to stay rays and parrotfish are searching shelter and for food over here. Back at the top of the reef, there are schools of reef fisch, crabs, spider crabs and sometimes a lone sharksucker comes buy, looking for some company to join.

 

Punta Blanca Channel: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 4 minutes

Level of difficulty: easy – medium - difficult, suitable for beginners

Punta Blanca Channel is a dive site for all levels of diving, which offers a great dive experience. Starting with the descending at the top of the reef, the dive site opens to the north with a lot of corals areas, drawn through with areas of sand down to 13m/43ft. A lot of reef fish are staying here, strange formations of corals, schools of surgeonfish, angel fish which can easily hide between the corals, box fish, trumpet fish, trigger fish and big snappers. Going on northwards the reef opens cone shaped to an area of sand which reaches from 22m/73ft to 40m/133ft. The rocks are rising meters high with wire corals, giant hard corals, canyons which tear the rock walls,  the area of sand goes on in direction north, to fall slowly down in depth. We turn around before that and use the canyon to dive back relaxed to the inner reef. In the shallow area between 3m/10ft and 10m/30ft there are big rifts, in which sometimes a nurse shark likes to sleep, a big moray is enjoying a clean up, a king crab is looking for shelter and a box fish is turning it’s circles.

 

Mc Nabs Pinnacles: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 15-20 minutes

Level of difficulty: easy, suitable for beginners

3 big rocks are standing like needles on an area of sand in 16m/53ft. They nearly reach the surface. The sides have little gaps, in which crabs, drum fish, trumpet fish and box fish like to stay.  At the area of sand at the bottom of the rocks, there are scorpion fish and toad fish. Diving direction west you pass a little canyon, where there like to relax nurse sharks and rays at the sand. Diving direction east, there is a big area of sand. Garden eels have one of their colonies here.  

On the way back to the boat we dive through a canyon, which leads us to the top of the reef, where it is possible to see rays while passing the safety stop there on the small areas of sand in the shallow at the end of the dive.

 

Church Wall: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 12-15 minutes

Level of difficulty: easy – medium, suitable for beginners

Church Wall is a dive site which falls quite fast down to the north. Besides the inner reef the dive site opens to the depth. Nurse sharks, rays and turtles are to be found here. Big canyons are leading the way back to the inner reef. At a depth between 4m/13ft to 16m/53ft we dive along the wiggling wall of the reef.  We can admire big corals with trumpet fish, box fish, king crabs, spotted morays, schools of surgeonfish, angel fish, trigger fish and a lot of young fish, which search for shelter in the hard corals.

 

Ben’s Dive: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 8 -10 minutes

Level of difficulty: easy – medium, suitable for beginners

Ben‘s Div is a dive site which falls steeply from the top of the reef to the north down to 40m/133ft. On the way down we pass by a few big blocks of corals, which are inhabitated by wire corals and big fans. Barracudas are lurking for their prey and groupers are searching shelter. The big area of sand is located between 30m/100ft and 40m/133ft and rays like to relax a little bit in there. On the way to the surface we dive slowly through gardens of corals and on the top of the reef  we can observe schools of grunts, surgeon fish, morays and king crabs. With a bit of luck it is possible to find a shy octopus.

To the east opens a beautiful garden of corals between 3m/10ft and 17m/56ft, which are drawn through by rifts with cuts, in which crabs, trumpet fish and schools of reef fish in all various kinds as well as cow fish and box fish like to stay. A fantastic experience.

 

Turtle Wall: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 12-15 minutes

Level of difficulty: easy – medium, suitable for beginners

Turtle Wall is the ultimate dive site for canyon-addicted. Between 3m/10ft and 18m/60ft is an endless  labyrinth of canyons with all different connections, possibilities to dive underneath and through it, there are small and big aisles, with breathtaking silhouettes and endlesses possibilities. Even though it is easy to navigate in this dive site and it is directly linked to a wide open areal with rocks  to the north. There are often found stingray, turtles and nurse sharks, which like to relax there and don’t want to be interrupted.

The way back leads to the inner reef, where corals in bizarre forms can be found. With a bit of luck it is possible to pass by dolphins the dive site, and if you can‘t see them, you can hear them.

 

Stingray Passage & The Slide: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 18-20 minutes

Level of difficulty: easy – medium - difficult, suitable for beginners

Stingray Passage and The Slide are two dive sites which offer all the possibilities to divers of all experience. The inner reef is only between 4m/13ft and 6m/20ft deep, so it is ideal to descend and ascent over here quite relaxed, then it opens to the north down to a depth of nearly 20m/66ft. Passing by vegetation of corals and the there living residents the reef opens to the north with a wall, which falls down to 40m/133ft. Big rays are circling in that depth over the ground, barracudas are lurking for prey in the wall, big green morays are sticking out their heads out of the holes and big groupers are lurking camouflaged underneath rock prominences. Big snappers are accompanying us on the way to the depth and back, an impressive spectacle.

 

East End: Distance from Henrys Cove Dive Center 45 minutes

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