Marine Life

Roatan’s reefs are home to 95% of species found in the Caribbean. The galleries in each section display a small selection of what you may see on our dives.

Pristine Corals and Sponges

Roatan has some of the most pristine coral in the Caribbean, and is protected as part of the Roatan Marine Park. Diving from West Bay you’ll see hundreds of impressive Fans, 600 year old Barrel Sponges which can fit a person inside, Brain Coral, Whip Coral, and hundreds of other species. These reefs are teeming with many different species of reef fish, octopus crustaceans, and other creatures, including the rare string of pearls on night dives.

Turtles, Rays, Dolphins, Sharks?

We see turtles on the majority of our reef dives. Roatan is home to Hawksbill, Green, and the occasional Loggerhead turtle. Usually they just swim past us but if you are lucky you might catch one sitting on the bottom feeding on sponge and have a protracted close encounter. We also commonly see Stingrays and Eagle Rays. Although rare, it is possible to see Caribbean Reef Sharks, Nurse sharks, Hammerheads, and the very occasional Whale shark from West Bay. For the greatest chance of seeing Hammerheads request dives on West End Wall and Pablo’s Place where the currents are strongest. If you want a 100% chance of diving with reef sharks we can book you into one of the shark dives on the south of the island.

Octopus and Squid

One of the highlights of our night dives are our numerous Octopuses, not a guarantee but we’re disappointed if we don’t see one.  If we’re lucky we may see one hunting and feeding on various crustaceans.

Squid can be found day or night, sometimes in large numbers (30+) flying in formation in the shallows.  Flashing patterns between each other to communicate, they will ink when scared.

Green, Goldentail, and Spotted Moray Eels

Eels Have evolved a very flexible and elongated body shape that allows them access to more food sources than other fishes: Animals that are hiding deep within the crevices of the reef. They are fast enough to catch fish free-swimming in the water, but usually hunt by trapping prey in small crevices on the reef. We see the Green, Goldentail, and Spotted Morays and sometimes get lucky by finding a Chain Moray.

Shrimp and Crabs

Roatan is home to 100s of shrimp and crab species often found in symbiotic relationships with other animals.  Night dives are an excellent time to see them active and hunting.

Nudibranchs

Nudibranchs (sea slugs) can be tricky to find on Roatan compared to other places in the world.  But if you have a keen eye and a little patience… you may be lucky enough to find one of these little beauties!

Seahorses and Pipefish

Everyone’s favourite sea creature!  Seahorses are a really special find and often hang around in the same area for a while.  Make sure to ask our staff if they know where any are!

Most Common Reef Fish

On our reef the marine life is abundant and there are some families of fish with several different species in each family that we see on almost every dive. The parrotfish and tang are considered to be herbivores and eat a wide variety of reef organisms. Since Roatan has such a healthy reef schools of tang and large numbers of parrotfish are seen. Do not be surprised if you find a mutton snapper following you during your dive or hear the grunting noise made by grinding its teeth together. On the point we often come across large schools of Jacks easily identified by their arrow shaped tails.

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