Experience the Roatan Shark Dive!
The Shark Dive in Roatan is called Marco's Place (formerly named Cara Cara), which means Face to Face. West Bay Divers typically goes once a week and schedules your dive, provides equipment and transportation to the site and can provide an instructor with your group. You will never forget this incredible and safe experience of coming “face to face” with 5-15 Caribbean Reef sharks, all females and young.
A checkout dive is required before approval to go to the Shark Dive as the currents can be strong at times. No exceptions are made to this requirement.
Upon arrival, the very expert staff will give you a detailed briefing. After a 10-15 minutes boat ride south of Roatan, you will arrive at the site of the shark encounter. You will have a buoy line from the boat to follow down as you descend. The depth of the dive is 70 ft and as you descend you will already see all the sharks swimming below. The Sharks can measure up to 10 ft in length. They hear the boat and know it is time for a meal.
You will descend until your back is against a small reef wall which ensures the sharks will never come from behind you. The divemaster brings a bucket with a small filet of fish which is not large enough to feed them but enough to attract them to the site. Many times you can also see Black groupers, Green moray eels and schools of Horse eye jacks among others.
Towards the end of the Shark Dive, your divemaster will ask you to go back into the position by the reef wall and he will open the bucket at a safe distance. And now the real show begins! All the sharks will jockey for position to get a taste. When the bucket is empty then usually the sharks leave soon after, and you will have the opportunity to look for shark teeth in the area where they fed. A little treasure of your Roatan Shark Dive experience.
Once you arrive back at the Dive Shop, you can watch the dive video which we do recommend.