The Meso American coral reef, the world’s second largest, stretches 700 miles from the northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula through the Honduran Bay Islands. One of those islands, Roatan, lies 30 miles off the coast of Honduras. A group of concerned dive operators formed The Roatan Marine Park, a grass-roots nonprofit organization, in 2005 to protect the island’s coral reefs. It helps operate Sandy Bay–West End Marine Reserve, a marine-protected area on the northwest coast.
CoCo View Dive Resort on Roatan’s south shore has three walk-in dive sites, collectively known as the Front Yard — CoCo View Wall, Newman’s Wall, and the wreck of the Prince Albert. The most popular shore and night dive, Prince Albert is a 140-foot long freighter sunk more than 25 years ago and now populated by a soft coral forest on the bow and aft decks. Sea turtles hang out in seagrass beds in front of the wreck.
Another Roatan shore dive, Neverstain Bight, features a shallow wall top with corals and marine life visiting reef cleaning stations.Back to top