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Divers at Play – Live Aboard Diving, Roatan, The Bay Islands of Honduras!

Welcome to Roatan LiveAboard, Roatan’s luxury LiveAboard scuba diving boat in the beautiful Bay Islands of Honduras. Roatan offers the best Roatan Honduras SCUBA diving in the southern Caribbean.

The island is surrounded by one the world’s largest coral reefs, hugging most of the shore. Roatan Honduras scuba diving is famous for calm, clear beaches for swimming and snorkeling, and many varieties of sea life.

Our yacht is 70-foot, fully-equipped Live Aboard scuba diving boat. For your pleasure, we offer a 7-Day package.

Roatan Live Aboard Scuba Diving

Your safety is the foremost concern to all our instructors. We look forward to working with singles, couples, groups, families, and children. Group scuba diving shop and club discounts are available!

Our special Roatan Live Aboard scuba diving program for people with disabilities has been certified by HSA. Our course director is a certified HSA instructor.

Courses and Diver Instruction For All Ages

We offer Roatan Honduras scuba diving courses and instruction for people of all ages. Whether you are an experienced diver or someone that’s never gotten their feet wet, you’ll have a great time learning about the wonders of ocean life. Roatan Honduras scuba diving is fun for the whole family!

  • Scuba Instructor School
  • Scuba Diving Courses
  • Kids & Teen Scuba Diving Courses

Table of Content

Courses

Scuba Diving Courses

All certification and specialty courses are taught in accordance with national training agencies such as PDIC, NAUI, SDI, TDI, HSA and the Universal Referral Program. We also offer the Scuba Rangers certification program for children and teens.

Introduction to Snorkeling

Introduction to Scuba – 2 Dives

Non-divers discover the beauty of scuba diving, all under the guidance of a personal dive instructor. Includes all equipment and 2 open water dives.

Refresher Course – 2 Dives

Tune up those rusty scuba skills. For divers who have not dove for six months to a year.

Open Water certification – 5 Dives

Get your national certification agency certification in one week. Learn: entries and exits, ascents and descents, underwater navigation, octopus use, buddy breathing and buoyancy control. Includes lectures, written and practical tests, check-out dives, scuba and personal diving instruction.

Open Water Check-out Dives and Universal Referral Program, with equipment, 4 – 5 Dives

After completing pool and classroom work at home, bring a referral form or letter from your instructor stating the portion of your work completed. Training conducted by professional instructors.

Advanced OW Certification – 5 Dives

Specialties to choose from: Navigation, deep Diver, Boat Diver, Photography, Night & Limited visibility, Equipment Tech. and many more. Ask our instructor.

Rescue Diver – 5 Dives

Learn to help another diver in distress. First Aid, CPR and oxygen administration will be taught.

Master Scuba Diver – 5 Dives

This comprehensive course includes mock demonstrations and rescues completed by each student.

  • Books are included in each course fee.
  • Serious medical conditions require a clearance letter from a physician. This is required by the certification agencies. Please present this letter to the onboard instructor prior to any course work.

Specialty Courses

U/W Photographer or Videographer

This is an introduction to basic underwater photography or video camera. You’ll learn the different lenses, cameras, strobes and techniques. This course gives students an overview of video cameras, housings, lighting, exposure, storage and computer editing. Equipment included.

Night Diver – 3 Dives

Learn how to plan a night dive using the proper signals and navigation. Discover marine life found only at night.

Deep Diver – 4 Dives

Learn emergency decompression procedures, how to plan deeper, safer dives, while understanding the risks involved in deep diving.

Environmental Diver – 4 Dives

Learn about critters, fish identification, living coral and their behavior patterns. Discover where to find them and how to study them in their environment, what they eat and how they breathe.

Wreck Diver Non – Penetration 4 Dives

Learn all the skills necessary for safe wreck diving. Exploration of wreck sites when safety of dives is feasible.

Advanced Wreck Penetration Diver – 4 Dives

This course will provide the diver with the skills and knowledge to gain experience and minimize risks in penetration wreck diving at depths of less than 130 FSW (40 MSW)

Nitrox Diver – 2 Dives

This course will provide the diver with the information necessary to safely utilize EANx as a breathing medium. Divers shall not exceed a depth of 130 FSW (40 MSW) or 1.4 Atm with 1.6 Atm PO2 as a contingency. Course topics include history of Nitrox as a breathing gas, Dalton’s Law, physiology of Oxygen and Nitrogen, depth limits, and the advantages, disadvantages and risks of Nitrox ,Oxygen toxicity.

Boat Diver – 2 Dives

This course will provide the diver with the information necessary to dive from different sized dive boats. Topics include: exits and entries, how to stow dive equipment safely, and how to move around safely and freely.

Artifact & Mapping Diver – 4 Dives

Learn how to map out areas to allow you to find the artifacts which the seas hold. Each diver will learn how to check with each country for their specific laws as to what may be legally removed from the sea.

Underwater natural Navigation Diver – 4 Dives

Learn how to use the natural coral, sea fans and the ocean floor to navigate to and from land and the dive boat.

Multi – Level Diver – Non Computer – 4 Dives

Learn the information necessary to dove at several depths, while using the dive tables and multiple safety stops to safely exit from the water.

Drift Current Diver – 4 Dives

Learn the information you will need to safely dive while in a current or drifting; also how to rest a cross a current to safety.

Search and Recovery Diver – 4 Dives

In this course you will learn about underwater navigation using natural and compass techniques, the problems, methods, equipment, hazards and safety procedures regarding limited visibility. You will also learn proper search methods and techniques, and how to handle light salvage and recovery, including rigging and knot tying.

Advanced Nitrox Diver – 2 Dives

In this course you will learn how to properly blend and use Nitrox for your advanced dive profile, determining the maximum depth limits for your Nitrox mixture. You will also analyze your breathing mixture, plan and safely execute each dive.

NON – DIVING COURSES

Equipment Repair: This course is seven days.

Resort Operations

This course will teach the student how to run a dive operation from a resort or live aboard dive boat. This course is seven to ten days, with hands-on experience.

Scuba Instructor School

Here at Divers at Play, we have found being a Dive Master or a scuba instructor can be the most rewarding field you can choose, and we are pleased to assist you to become a Naui, Pdic, Hsa, and SDI/TDI. Dive Master, or an open water scuba instructor.

Our comprehensive instructor training programs are both fun and educational. You will learn how to teach in the class room, pool and open water. Your skills will be evaluated the same day which gives you the feedback to challenge you to become an even better open water instructor.

Courses include all course materials, room and board and three meals per day with internship.

  • Caribbean Living – Train on a Caribbean Island! You will have the opportunity to experience first hand the pluses and minuses of “Island Life ” and have an opportunity to check out job opportunities first hand.
  • Small, Personal, Classes – You are one of around 5 to 7 students. You will be taught by a Course Director and staff who live on the island with pride, not staff who come and go.
  • Outstanding Support – Our training facility provides outstanding support along with our spacious classroom on the boat equipped with the latest educational materials. Beach dives are right in front of our dive operation.

Dive Master – (10 days) – 4 Week Internship

This is the first step in leadership. During the Dive Master course you will learn to organize dive trips, give dive briefings, safety checks, assist divers with their equipment, assist the Instructor in guided dives and assist the Instructor in the classroom, pool and open water.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

-Rescue Diver Certification
-Age: Minimum 18 years
-Logged dives in environment and depth
-Certification as a Rescue Diver with CPR/First Aid. If the candidate does not have the knowledge of oxygen -administration, a course with 3 dives will be required. (extra fee)
-Verification of good health condition documented by a physician
-Equipment, Leadership candidates shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own -equipment.
-700 yard free style swim, in 17 minutes and a 800 yard free style swim in 18 minutes for instructors.

Skin Diving Instructor Course – (10-Days)

This course is designed for leadership level skin diving instructors who will train and qualify persons and issue skin diving certifications in (breath – hold) diving. You will gain the knowledge and skill to operate a skin diving course. Topic covered include finances, promotion, course contents, legal aspects, insurance.

Prerequisites:

-Dive Master or Assistant Instructor Certification
-Certified Skin or Scuba Diver
-Minimum of 25 logged skin dives
-Knowledge of how, who, when, where, what and why of diving

Assistant Instructor Course – (10-Days)

This course is designed to introduce students to diving instruction basics. It will also test individuals in the water skills needed to be capable assistants.

Prerequisite Skills:

-Dive Master Certification
-Teaching Skills – classroom
-50 Logged Dives
-Swimming Skills
-Skin Diving Skills
-Assisting Skills – Confined and Open Water
-Debriefing

Instructor Cross Over (ICC) – (9-Days)

The Instructor Cross Over (ICC) is designed to train and qualify as a NAUI, PDIC, HSA- Instructor applicants current in good standings with other scuba organizations recognized by NAUI, PDIC, And HSA Instructors from organizations not recognized must meet prerequisites for and complete an ITC. During the course, candidates instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI, PDIC, AND HSA Diving course standards.

The ICC may be presented in two phases. if done so, phase one called an Instructor Crossover program (ICP ), contains all preparatory training except for the final evaluations. During an ICP, candidate practice performances must be evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators, one of whom may be by a STW completer and the other an IT or CD . The ICP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a day to an internship over an extended period.

The second or final phase of an ICC so organized is called the IQP, during which a Course Director must be in residence and all final evaluations will be made.

Prerequisites:

-Meet all requirements leading to Instructor
-Pass the Naui, Pdic, and Hsa. Instructor Pre qualification Exam with a score of 75%
-Instructor Certification
-Provide and be responsible for own instructor level equipment suitable for teaching in open water.
-Have 50 or more logged open water dives which shall be varied in environment, depth activities.
-Have taught or assisted in diving instruction for two or more courses
-Have attended one or more diving related activities per year since certification as a scuba instructor.
-Must complete a 800 free style swim in 18 minutes

Instructor Training Course (ITC) – (9-Days)

The ITC is a 9 day course designed to train and qualify instructor candidates. During the course candidates learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI-PDIC-HSA course standards.

Prerequisites:

Passing the NAUI-PDIC-HSA Instructor Prequalification Exam with a score of 75% or better
Dive Certification – Dive Master, Assistant Instructor
or a NAUI Prep program completed within the last 12 months
Equipment – provide and be responsible for own instructor level diving equipment, suitable for teaching
Experience – 50 logged dives – varied in environment, depth and activities
Materials – contact our course director
Dive Master or Assistant Instructor Certification

Kids & Teen Scuba Diving Courses

Eco-Snorkeler (Ages 5 – 9)

Children will learn about the Roatans Eco System, Fish and Creature Behavior and Identification around the island. Furthermore the class room is our ocean and the children will learn how we can care for mother nature. Once the student learns to snorkel safely in this new environment they will be able to explore and find adventures in the ocean, a river, a lake, or even your swimming pool. But of all places, the most exciting and most beautiful is the ocean.

Course of Study:

-The Buddy System – The Buddy System is the number one rule
-The Buddy Check is always done before entering the water
-Equipment Use – How we use the mask, snorkel, fins, and snorkel vest
-Equipment Care – Take care of equipment
-Snorkeling Skills – How we avoid the big squeeze
-First AID & Cpr for children
-Safety through education
-Planning a snorkeling adventure – Organizing for safety, checking the area conditions
-Snorkeling games above and below water, Fish behavior and identification, Habitat sizes, Colors, Reaction to snorkelers and divers, Effects on snorkelers and divers, and other reef creature identification
-Friday night awards and snorkeling show for students and parents

SCUBA Camp (Ages 10 – 15)

SCUBA Camp is a one-week program that provides classroom, pool and open water instruction for a Jr. Open Water Diver Certification. All pool and classroom sessions are held at our pool and open water dives are conducted at popular local dive locations.

Sessions start daily at 9:00 AM and run until 3:00 PM. All classes are taught by certified SCUBA Open Water Diver Instructors. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to join students on their open water dives.

The cost of the SCUBA Camp includes textbook, video, and dive tables as well as the use of our SCUBA Equipment (tanks, regulators, buoyancy compensators, and wetsuits).

An orientation session is required when signing up for SCUBA Camp. A parent or legal guardian must be present too complete the paper work and at this time the student can be professionally fitted for their personal SCUBA gear.

Scuba Rangers Kids Club

SCUBA Rangers is an activity program designed to introduce youngsters ages 8 and older to the sport of SCUBA diving. Rangers learn to SCUBA dive in a pool with dive equipment, play underwater games and become a member of the SCUBA Rangers Kids Club.

The cost of the Ranger program includes the textbook, workbook, video and logbook, use of our SCUBA gear (buoyancy compensators, regulators, tanks, and wetsuits), lunch and a really cool SCUBA Ranger t-shirt.

Rangers will need to provide their personal gear, such as: SCUBA quality mask, fins, snorkel, boots, and dive bag.

An orientation session is required when signing up for the Ranger’s program. A parent or legal guardian must be present to complete the paperwork and at this time, we can professionally fit the new Ranger with their personal dive equipment.

Ranger classes are held at our off-site, private pool. Classes are taught by certified SCUBA Open Water Diver Instructors that have completed the SCUBA Rangers Instructors program and submitted to a background search. Parents, family, and friends are always welcome and encouraged to attend Rangers sessions.

SCUBA Rangers Program

Includes: SCUBA Rangers Kit (textbook, workbook, video, and logbook), use of tanks, regulators, buoyancy compensators, wetsuits, a really cool t-shirt, and lunch.

Level 1: Red Ranger Water safety techniques, swimming, and snorkeling skills.
Level 2: White Ranger Snorkel review and introduction of SCUBA Equipment.
Level 3: Blue Ranger More SCUBA Skills and underwater photography.
Level 4: Silver Ranger More SCUBA fun and games.
Level 5: Demo Ranger Demo Ranger is the highlight of the program because Rangers proudly demonstrate skills to parents, family, and friends on Friday night.

Scuba Itineraries

The boat departs our dock the next morning for your first dive of the day.

Your adventure begins when a member of the Divers At Play crew greets you at the airport and transports you and your gear to our dive vessel. Once you’re aboard the boat and become settled, there will be a briefing on diving and about Tubutne I. You will then be free to relax on our sun deck, enjoy the soft music in our salon, or just relax in your air-conditioned room.

After a sit down dinner and a good nights sleep, the boat leaves early Sunday morning for our first dive site. You may dive up to five dives per day including night dives. If you are an experienced diver and have a computer and compass you may go off on your own or you may go with our instructor or Dive Master who will be glad to guide you around the chosen dive site. All dive sites are selected based on prevailing weather for that area for your safety.

Diving will end on Friday before lunch, when the boat returns to our dock. Then you will be able to go shopping or explore the other sites. Crew members can arrange a Land Tour that will help you to have a wonderful vacation.

Once your fun filled day on land is over, everyone returns to the boat for our gala Captain’s and Crew Party. After a good night’s sleep and everyone says farewell, a crew member will take you to the airport in plenty of time for your departure.

Dive Sites

All Dive sites are the discretion of the boat captain due to weather permitting. If a dive site can not be dove there will be an alternate plan for other sites. We dive 95 sites in Roatan and the west end and 49 sites in Utila. Here are a few sites in Roatan and a few in Utila.

  • West Ends Wall – West bay 20 ft to 90 ft and descent continues to depths beyond recreational dive limits.
  • Half Moon Bay Wall – This dive is also good for snorkeling with plenty of shallows. Known to see seahorses. Wall descends vertically from 50 ft. to 120 ft. with a sandy bottom.
  • Fish Den – This site is true to it’s name not only is there an impressive topography here to explore, there also lives a huge variety of fish species.
  • Dive Master’s Choice – The top part of the wall faces in between 30 and 40 ft where there are many channels running perpendicular to the coast. Also a great snorkeling and night dive area.
  • Utila – The whale shark capital
  • Cayos Cochinos Island

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Honduras?

Honduras the Bay Islands are located 30 miles off the northeast coast of the republic of Honduras (Longitude 86° 30° W Latitude 16° 20° N) 880 miles from Miami and 900 miles from New Orleans. Roatan is the biggest of the three islands with Utila to the west and Guatemala to the east. The country of El Salvador is to the south and the country of Guatemala is west. Remember Honduras has the second largest barrier reef in the world.

What is included in the charter?

Accommodations include: compressed air tanks, weights and weight belts, airport transfers on day of arrival and departure, meals and snacks, soft beverages.

How many days is the charter and how many dives can I make?

The charter is seven days, Saturday afternoon to Saturday morning with five and one half days of diving. Most guests make up to five dives a day. Diving begins on Sunday morning and finishes about midday on Friday, when we return to the dock.

When should I arrive in Honduras?

You should plan to arrive in Honduras on the day of your trip. Guests who wish to arrive one to two days early will be able to make arrangements to stay at Parrot Tree Plantation and Dive Resort.

Are there any taxes or fees not included in the charter price?

Yes, each guest must pay a departure tax of $35 USD. A marine park fee of $10 USD. These fees are levied by the Honduras government and are subject to change without notice.

Do I need Dive Insurance?

Yes, Roatan Liveaboard requires dive and travel insurance for all passengers. Please click here for more info.

Do I need a passport?

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport for entry into Honduras. For details on travel requirements for U.S. citizens, please visit the U.S. State Department’s web site. Non-U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. visa for traversing the United States via Miami, New Orleans or Houston. Non – U.S. citizens should check with the appropriate consulate. Canadian citizens may need a visa, please check with your embassy for current requirements.

How do I meet the boat on the day of arrival?

If you arrive in Roatan on the day of your charter, you will be met at the airport by a crew member and taken to the boat. If you are in Roatan before the date of boarding we can make arrangements for you at a hotel, you will need to provide you own transportation to the boat anytime after 2:00 p.m.

Where does the boat dock?

The boat is Docked at Parrot Tree Plantation and Dive Resort.

What is special about diving in the Honduras?

Honduras is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, which is alive with colorful corals and sponges and a tremendous variety of fish and invertebrates. Exceptional visibility is found along the vertical walls. Honduras is a unique dive site, unlike anything else in the Caribbean.

What is the water temperature? Will I need a wet suit?

The water averages 80°F, rising to a high of 82° – 84°F in July, August and September, and dropping to a low of 74°F for a few weeks in December and January. A 3mm wet suit (1/8″) or heavy lycra suit (Polartec) is recommended apart from the warmer months of summer, but even then, at least a thin lycra suit is suggested, as diver often make four or more dives a day and may develop a chill.

What is the best time of year for diving?

The dry season (all months except June and July) is best. According to NOAA, the Atlantic Hurricane Season is officially June through November, however, this time period also has some of the best diving conditions in the Caribbean with calm seas and warm waters.

Is there night diving?

Absolutely. The night diving is great.

Is it customary to offer a crew gratuity?

As in any service oriented business, gratuities are customary and voluntary. From past experience, many guests have offered gratuities based on the total cost of the charter. Satisfied passengers who believe they have been provided with a very good service have left generous gratuities of ten percent (10%) of the charter price. Average tips are in the five percent (5%) range. All gratuities are shared equally.

What is planned for Friday afternoon and evening after we return to port?

This is your opportunity to tour Roatan or just relax on board. (The tours are not included in the charter price.) The boat will host a farewell Captain’s and Crew dinner on Friday evening.

Are extended tours offered in Roatan?

Yes. Local tour operators offer hiking, mountain biking, Mayan ruin tours and much more. Packages range from one day tours, to multiple night stays. Just ask one of the boat’s crew for a recommendation.

When is check-out time on the boat?

Check-out is between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Where is the nearest recompression chamber?

The nearest recompression chamber is at Anthony’s Key resort. For emergency purposes, the boat will be in touch with the main office by phone and ship to land radio.

Will I have to bring a C-card and Dive Log?

C – cards and Dive Logs will be needed.

What should a passenger bring in their luggage?

-Luggage that is easy to store
-Comfortable clothing, casual attire – T shirts, shorts, Several swim suits, suntan lotion and sun glasses
-During the winter months also bring a wind breaker, and a pair of long pants
-Dive equipment – unless you wish to rent ours
-Personal toiletries – mouthwash, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
-Leisure supplies, books, crossword puzzles, etc.

Should I buy trip insurance?

We strongly recommend that every guest purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation/interruption insurance when space is reserved. Trip insurance will protect you from financial disappointment in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent the vessel from making its scheduled trip. In the event it is necessary to cancel or interrupt a charter due to weather or any matter beyond the control of Divers At Play, there will be no credit issued. We also recommend diving accident insurance.

Private Boat Charter

Dive Clubs and Dive Shops are welcome to charter the boat and her crew for a week of diving or split the week up with land excursions which can be planned by our Cruise Director.

Our boat can take you comfortable and safely through Honduras waters to private Cayes where you can have Beach Barbecues, or just kick back on a quiet island for lunch, or dinner after a full day of diving.

With twelve guests and a crew of four, we are able to meet each of your needs in a relaxed and caring way.

Throughout your vacation, with our on board Course Director, it is easy to work on that NEXT Dive Certification or Specialty Course, or to complete your Open Water Checkout Dives.

Eva Kovacs January 30, 2018

Good afternoon,

We are a research group in Brisbane, Australia that would like to undertake dive/snorkel surveys of reefs around honduras. As of yet, the destinations are not finalised.

However, I was wondering whether you may be able to give me an idea of costing for 10 people to be aboard a chartered vessel for 8-10 days?

Could you also indicate what this costing will include and whether there are any other expenses that we would have to budget for?

I also understand that pricing is likely to be affected by the time of the year.

Of course, if you are not able to undertake this type of trip, would you be so kind as to recommend a charter dive group that could?

Thank you in advance.

Regards,
Eva Kovacs

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