Mayan Divers is located at Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort on West Bay Beach.
From the reception just head to the swimming pool and turn to your right and follow the concrete path to our building. The Scuba diving training is just steps away from us! We conduct it right at the pool from the Resort or in our pool-like conditions beach front. The diving itself begins just minutes from shore.
All our dive packages are based on boat dives. We recommend you to reserve and inquire for availability with some time ahead. Not a Diver?? Try Scuba Diving Today or ask us about our snorkeling options! We stock snorkel gear for rent or purchase as well. You can snorkel from shore and we also offer snorkel boat trips in the afternoon.
Come see us at the dive center for an area orientation, it will make your experience safer and more enjoyable. Safety and care for the environment are very important to us. We encourage you to help us preserve what nature has given us the chance to enjoy.
FUN Dives with Mayan Divers
Already certified? Looking to explore Roatan’s stunning Mesoamerican Barrier Reef? Then look no further than fun diving with us here at Mayan Divers. Our incredible divemasters will take you out on one of our four boats to the most amazing sites around Roatan. There’s no long boat rides on Roatan, we have access to over 40 sites , the farthest being just 30 minutes away.
The reef itself begins just minutes from shore, with plateaus at 10ft, 20ft, 45ft and then the amazing wall that drops away in places to over 2000+ feet. The ocean offshore is generally very calm and we don’t experience too many strong currents, meaning the conditions here are perfect for divers of all levels, from beginners to the most advanced tec diver.
Take the plunge and discover world famous dive sites such as West End Wall, Texas, Mandy’s Eel Garden, Blue Channel, Hole in the Wall, the El Aguila Wreck and many more. Whether your passion is for swimthroughs, wrecks, caves, walls or stunning shallow reefs, Roatan has it all!
Marine Life on Roatan
During your fun dives you will be amazed at the abundance of marine life here on Roatan. The fantastic work of the Roatan Marine Park means you are almost guaranteed to encounter turtles during your stay, as we have an ever increasing population of Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles. Out at the wall you have a good chance to see a beautiful Spotted Eagle Ray cruising past, or one of our many large groupers, permits or snappers. Over the reef you will be amazed as you discover countless trumpetfish, trunkfish, drum fish, hogfish, crabs, lobsters, scorpionfish, cowfish, filefish, eels and maybe even a squid or two. For those who love macro we also have a good population of nudibranchs, seahorses, pipefish, pipehorses, blennies, worms, sea spiders and many species of shrimp. Keep your eyes peeled on the sand and rubble patches for jawfish, flounders, mantis shrimp, conch and stingrays.
The reef itself is made up of a smorgasbord of hard and soft corals, corallimorphs, sea fans, tunicates, anemones and sponges of all colours, shapes and sizes.
Ask our divemasters what you have seen and they will help you identify the species using one of our many marine life books in the shop. You can even challenge them to find you that one fish that has eluded you until now, or watch as they help the Marine Park in the effort to control the Lionfish population using a banana sling spear.
Night Dives with Mayan Divers
Do you have a love for diving at night? Or wondered what creatures appear when the sun goes down? Book a night dive at Mayan Divers and experience the wonder of the Roatan reefs in the dark. With your flashlight in hand you will be amazed at how the reef transforms at night. You are likely to see Octopus, Crabs, Lobsters, Basket Stars and so much more. If you are lucky and there’s no moon then you are guaranteed to experience our world famous “String of Pearls” during the lights out part of the dive, it’s like bioluminescence on steroids and makes you feel like you are diving in outer space.
We have many different dive packages available, as well as the option for special trips and excursions for an additional fee. Contact Us Today and Find Out More.
1. BLUE CHANNEL
The topography on this dive differs significantly from the surrounding reef. Starting on the gently sloping wall, there is a swim-through that cuts in towards the shallow reef. Explore the overhangs in the north wall or check out the extensive swim-through network punctuating the southern wall. Look for the resident green moray eels, and keep your eyes peeled for juvenile spotted drum and pipefish by the coral stands at the entrance to the channel, and check out the schools of goatfish and snapper that migrate through the channel. In August/September for only a few weeks, the southern wall will fill with an abundance of silversides, so thick you cannot see a few feet in front of you. This dive site is great for a range of experience levels from novice to advanced, and the shallow walls are also ideal for snorkeling.
2. THE EL AGUILA WRECK “THE EAGLE”
The El Aguila is a 220ft cargo boat that was stripped and scuttled by Anthony’s Key Resort in 1997 over a dive site called Deep Eel Garden. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch slammed the island and split the wreck into three distinct pieces – it is now even more interesting to explore! Working from stern to bow, we usually have a bottom time of around 15mins on the wreck itself before swimming off on to the wall and finishing the dive in shallow water. Depending on the level of the group, there are many interesting swimthrus on the wreck itself. Look out for the garden eels around the stern, the resident green moray eel, and the large friendly grouper and snapper that circle the area. There is also an array of interesting channels and features on the wall itself, including a small cave. Watch the fish congregate around you on the safety stop, as you drift into an area of converging currents. This dive site is for experienced divers – good air consumption and good buoyancy control are a must. As this is a popular dive site, beware the boat and diver traffic!
3. SPOOKY CHANNEL
One of the most dramatically different dive sites in the whole of Roatan, it was formed by an ancient river gorge cutting through the island. Coming out from a somewhat murky lagoon, you enter into the cathedral bowl at the back of the channel. The generally moderate visibility combined with the razors of light coming from the surface gave rise to the “spooky” factor. Working your way towards the outer wall, you will be rewarded with spectacular views to the sheer cliffs that rise from 27m/90ft almost all the way to the surface. A network of shallow swimthroughs spits you out onto the shallow reef, where you will often find snapper, grouper and barracuda hanging out near the boat mooring. Although there is not as much life in the channel itself as on other parts of the reef, keep a look out for sea stars, schools of southern sennets, toadfish in the cracks and lobster crawling around the boulders on the bottom. Experienced divers preferred, good air consumption and comfort in overhead environments are essential!
4. BEAR’S DEN
Interested in caverns? Then this is the dive for you. At 50ft begin with a beautiful tunnel swim-through, opening out into the blue, and then down and along the wall. A big Plate and Sheet Coral outcrop provides home to many fish, sometimes a group of Squid. Make an ascent to the top of the wall and the entrance to the huge beautiful cavern, Bear’s Den, in only 25feet. Look closely at the rocks while approaching the entrance for the tiny Lettuce Leaf Sea Slugs and other Nudibranchs, even a Spotted Drum. Swim over forty feet into “cathedral-like” Bear’s Den, where sunbeams scatter shafts of light that dance around on the sandy bottom. Lie on the sand and relax while watching Glassy Sweepers swim back and forth amongst the light beams. Then it’s time to head back for yet still more swim-throughs and canyons just past the mooring, keeping a close look at the Gorgonian Soft Corals as they provide shelter for rare Seahorses and Neck Crabs, usually only visible to the trained eye. The cavern is best seen in the mornings, as the sun’s angle is perfect for the light beams in full effect.
5. FISH DEN
A wonderful mound of coral in the middle of a horseshoe canyon is where the mooring lies. We begin in just 10ft of water where hundreds of fish gather. Sgt. Majors, Grunts and Damsels all jostle back and forth. Follow the rubble canyon towards the big blue and in front is a huge belly slope dropping down deep. Left takes you towards an impressive mountain wall filled with Barrel, Tube and Elephant Ear Sponges. This is a good area for the tiny Neck Crabs and Seahorses as there are plenty of Gorgonians. Wonderful topography on the wall and in the shallows provides plenty to do exploring as you wind back to the boat.
6. THE BITE
The sand patch in 20ft at the mooring looks like someone took a big bite out of the coral, hence the name. It’s about a 10-minute swim to the wall gradually getting deeper as you go and upon arrival you’ll find a very interesting and healthy ridge and wall. A wonderful afternoon dive, this area is outstanding for its coral structures. The coral-lover’s dream! Due to the wide array of corals spread far and wide at this site, even experienced divers will have their navigation skills tested. The site starts from the mooring in 20 feet of water and descends along a small wall to a gradually sloping plateau which is covered by many types of stony corals, including staghorn, elkhorn, star and fire corals. The reef wall begins at approximately 65 feet and drops beyond recreational limits. There are two coral-filled canyons separated by a coral finger at this site, either of which a diver would be able to spend an entire dive exploring, makes for good navigation skills. 20′-60′.
7. TURTLE CROSSING
Densely packed patch coral at this site provides excellent habitat for everything from turtles to eels to lobster and other crustaceans. Here a diver will find two sandy plateaus at 20 feet and at 45 feet, home to sand divers, jawfish and flounders. The site then drops off to a sloping wall, descending beyond recreational limits, and allows ample opportunity to look for reef-dwelling creatures along this turtle highway!. 40′-150′
A great dive site for beginners and photographers, a huge sandy area littered with coral heads. Just meander around, keeping one eye on the sand in front of you, as it could be home to a hidden Southern Sting Ray. Also, if your eyes are sharp enough, lookout for rare Pipe Fish, Pipe Horses and Peacock Flounders.
9. MELISSA’S REEF
Characterized by large cuts or ravines in the reef, this site provides the impression of having a wall on each shoulder when a diver travels through these cuts. Several of the cuts reach 35 feet in height and permit a diver to look for both reef-dwelling creatures in the sides of the cuts as well as bottom dwellers at the base of the cuts. The wall itself is covered with sheet coral and drops beyond recreational limits. You’ll enjoy this dive even if you’re not Melissa! 35′-110′
10. KEY HOLE
A magnificent wall dive with a large variety of fish. This is a great way to start your day! Look for big ceros and mackerels along the wall. 15′-150′
11. WEST END WALL
A shear wall, healthy coral, a lot of fish and good chances of seeing Eagle Rays. A really beautiful dive, usually with a nice current, so just drift along and enjoy the ride. This dive starts off just west of West Bay beach and ends up at Texas. The wall is gorgeous and the reef gets better and better as you get further out and start to catch the current. Clouds of fish cover the top of the wall, wrasse, durgons, barracuda and chromis all swimming together. This site is a beautiful wall dive with several coral outcroppings along the base of the wall as well as numerous cuts in the reef near the crest. Meeting the base of the wall at about 90 feet is a sandy bottom which continues downward at a gentle slope, providing an excellent hunting ground for the southern stingray as well as spotted eagle rays. The reef crest is densely packed with numerous varieties of stony corals intermingling with the gorgonians and allows for excellent snorkeling. 40′-140′
12. PABLO’S PLACE
This dive is much better in the mornings as the sun is more around the south side illuminating the impressive wall and overhangs that make this dive unforgettable. Like all the dives on the South Side you be amazed at the abundance of soft corals that sway back and forth, enchanting you.
13. HERBIE’S PLACE
Named after a divemaster at A.K.R this place offers a sheer wall drop like Pablo’s and many Gorgonian Soft Corals. Large barrel sponges and an abundance of fish make this a spectacular wall dive. The current helps make this some of the healthiest coral on the island! 40′
14. HALF MOON BAY WALL
Cruise along the wall, and take swimthrus and channels into the shallower areas to meander along the coral fingers up on top of the reef. On days with a ripping northbound current, cruise through as many as 5 different dive sites on one dive. Suitable for all levels, current conditions and buoyancy control abilities permitting.
15. CANYON REEF
As the name implies, this dive site consists of a series of canyons starting shallow, and bottoming out at about 18m/60ft, continuing on to a gentle slope punctuated with soft coral stands. Swim up and down the various canyons and drift away, or follow the shallow reef back to the boat. Keep your eyes out for eagle rays and other pelagics cruising over the sand slope, or inspect the soft coral stands in search of that elusive seahorse. This dive site is best for intermediate and experienced divers.
16. OVERHEAT REEF/ GREEN OUTHOUSE
We start the dive at Overheat Reef in the shallows where we often encounter large snapper, free-swimming eels and squid, on top of a healthy section of reef. The large coral boulders cut with sand channels lead us out to the wall, which often has channel clinging craps, cleaning stations with large grouper and many other critters hiding. The northern part of the wall is one of the healthiest sections of reef in the Roatan Marine Park in terms of actual coral coverage. This dive site, often preceded by El Aguila (wreck) in the morning two-tank dive, can be tailored to suit any level of diver.
17. MARY’S PLACE
Probably one of the most dived sites in Roatan, diving . Created by prehistoric volcanic activity, a huge fissure was created in the reef, allowing the steep walls to make a coral and sponge-filled labyrinth at more than 100 feet deep. Here you’ll see rare black corals and delicate sea-fans.
18. SHARK DIVE “CARA A CARA”
Is around USD 120 per person (1 dive); briefing (in class) and then dive with the Grey Sharks. This is a must-do for divers seeking the thrill of seeing sharks underwater. A professional shark diver team member leads divers to a large area where they are instructed to kneel quietly in the sand. Here the fish are already waiting, they know the drill. Among the schooling fish and perhaps a moray or two are the stars of the show–the Caribbean reef sharks! The dive time is around 35 minutes and. A big green moray and some big and domestic groupers too. Wonderful dive!! If you go to Roatan, you must do this one!
19. HERBIE’S FANTASY – TABAYANAS
In most literature, this site is called Herbie’s Fantasy, however, local divers know the site as Tabayanas. In most literature, this site is called Herbies Fantasy. An extremely versatile site with shallow reef packed with stony corals to sandy patches containing multitude of coral heads to the reef wall down to the sandy bottom which slopes down beyond recreational limits. You may see nudibranchs, lobster, snails and turtles, yellow headed jaw fish hovering above their burrows in the sand. This is also the place to go looking for stingrays, eagle rays and the occasional nurse shark resting under one of the numerous coral overhangs. 40′-80′
20. DIVEMASTER’S CHOICE / VERN’S DROP OFF
A great site for snorkeling as well as diving, teeming with fish life. The reef crests at a depth of less than 10 feet, drops gradually to a plateau at about 40 feet before reaching the wall which descends on a slope to beyond recreational limits. The plateau is home to indigo hamlets, sunshine fish and the occasional spadefish, in addition to a variety of crustaceans. Once a diver reaches the wall, it is possible to scan the base of the wall for cruising eagle rays and other large pelagics. 40′-130′
She is a 28ft by 9ft with twin 150s Suzuki four stroke Engines. Capacity 15 divers.
30 ft by 11ftwide with twin 225s Suzuki 4 stroke Engines, capacity 10 divers.
40 ft by 12ft wide with a single Cat Diesel, capacity 20 divers