Cruise Ship Visitors wanting to dive in Roatan
Roatan is becoming increasingly popular with cruise ships and it's easy to see why! Beautiful beaches and scenery, fringing coral reefs and a rustic feel of the Caribbean of twenty years ago. If you are visiting Roatan for one day during your vacation you have plenty of time to enjoy diving with Reef Gliders. We dive three times a day so you can choose a time to suit your cruise ship schedule. We dive at 9am, 11:30am and 2:30pm daily.
The cost per dive is $45 per person. In addition all our divers are asked to pay a reef donation to enter the West End/Sandy Bay Marine Reserve where we dive. This is a $3 donation per diver per day. This is donated to the Marine Park Association and helps to pay for a marine patrol and dive site moorings to help protect our reef environment.
Never dived before?
If you have never dived before then most cruise ships are docked long enough for you to take the Discover Scuba Diving course (also known as a Resort Course). This 1/2 day course is designed to get you diving our wonderful reef system, closely accompanied by an instructor, in as short a time as possible without cutting corners on safety. The cost of the course is $100, including all equipment rental for the duration of the course. This is a great way to experience diving Roatan's reef without taking the PADI Open Water course.
The cost of the diving includes all equipment hire including wetsuits, scuba gear, masks etc.
We keep our groups as small as possible with no more than 6 guests with a qualified and experienced Dive Master or Instructor.
When you arrive we will fit you with the equipment you need and help you to familiarize yourself with it so you are as comfortable as possible. We always provide a safety briefing on our boats and a briefing about the dive site you are visiting so you know what to expect.
We want you to enjoy diving with us so we try to make it as fun as possible. Our Dive Masters are very familiar with the dive sites and will try to point out as much interesting marine life as possible.
What if I haven't dived in a while?
If you haven't been in the water for a while then don't worry. Our staff are well trained and experienced in helping you get back in the water. If you need to complete a short Scuba tune-up then we can arrange this for you at a charge of $60. This price includes a skills review and one open water dive on the reef. Please contact us to discuss this in more detail.
What do I need to bring with me?
You'll need your bathing suit, towel, cash for expenses (lunch, taxis, souvenirs etc) and your sunscreen. Insect repellent is also a very good idea. Please bring your diving certification card(s).
How much time will I need to allow for my dives?
Ideally you need to arrive at Reef Gliders around 30 minutes before the dive. This allows enough time to complete the required paperwork and fit you with the equipment you need. It takes between 5-15 minutes to get to the dive sites depending on their location and then we aim to dive for 45 minutes to an hour (air consumption allowing) before returning to the shop. Three hours is the absolute minimum time needed to allow you to get to and from the cruise ship and have one dive.
How do I pay for the diving?
You can pay on the day in cash or by Pay Pal. Alternatively you can prepay using PayPal by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if someone in my group doesn't dive?
If getting wet is not for you there are plenty of things to see in the West End of Roatan. Whilst you are diving your friends/family can explore the many gift shops selling local items, grab a snack at one of the many restaurants or sunbathe on nearby Half Moon Bay beach. There are many excellent cafés and restaurants very close to our dive shop so you will not be spoiled for choice at lunchtime.
If someone in your group doesn't dive then we can arrange (subject to space being available on the boat) for them to go snorkeling with you whilst you dive. The cost of a snorkel trip on the boat is $25 per person, including equipment as long as we have space available or you can guarantee a spot by paying $35. For larger snorkeling groups (up to a maximum of 8 people) we can give you your own dedicated boat. Please contact us for more information.
How do I get to your shop?
Reef Gliders is located in the heart of the West End - about 20-25 minutes away from the cruise ship dock in Coxen Hole. We are one of only two dive shops on the Caribbean side of the road so are very easy to find. We can arrange for a taxi to meet you at the cruise ship dock and bring you to our shop and take you back at the end of the day. Usually it costs around $15-20 per person. The easiest way to get to West End from the cruise ship dock is simply to grab one of the many taxis waiting to take people around the island. There are usually over 50 taxis immediately outside the terminal and all of them will take you wherever you want and return you to the dock at the time of your choice. This is often an easier option that pre-arranging a taxi as the volume of people disembarking can often make it difficult for your pre-arranged taxi driver to find you! Whatever option you choose, you should agree the total price with the taxi driver before getting in the cab. Make sure you are agreeing a total price for everyone and including the return trip to the cruise ship terminal. Prices are always negotiable but expect to pay around $15-20 per person unless you are with a larger group, in which case you should be able to negotiate a better rate.
If you have any other questions about diving on Roatan, places to visit, restaurant, bars etc., or if you wish to book a dive or course with us please do not hesitate to contact us.