Parrot Tree Snorkeling
The 6th most popular snorkel dive spot in Roatan.
Wednesday 6 July 2016 06:47 GMT
On the south shore east of French Harbor near Second Bight, the snorkeling at Parrot Tree is a good shore-accessed or boat-accessed dive site. The waters range from 5 to 100 feet deep. It is known for lettuce coral and small sea horses, and may also encounter parrotfish, tangs, doctor fish and sergeant majors. This dive site is known for occasional surf and poor visibility, so make sure to check in advance.
The snorkeling to the west offshore of Parrot Tree Plantation Resort just gets better and better. At the end of the beach is a snorkeling dive site known as Pirates Point, and even further west of that is The Chimneys.
The snorkeling off Roatan is known to be truly world class. Roatan is located northeast of Tegucigalpa about 35 miles off the Honduran coast. Isla de Roatan is about 32 miles long and ranges from 1 mile to 4 miles wide. The reefs around Roatan are known to have about 25% live coral, which is actually relatively healthy compared to other reefs found in the Caribbean. The average water temperature around Roatan varies little from summer (82F) to winter (78F). The best visibility can be found during the driest months of February through May, which can be up to 100 feet. During November and December, the visibility is typically 30 feet or under due to the heavy rain runoff. By the way, there are dozens of so-called dive shops around the island, however, most of them are just fronts for guided scuba dives. The dive shops rarely have any gear for sale, and the rental snorkel gear is old and very basic. Make sure to bring everything you may need, even mask drops.
After a long day of snorkeling at Parrot Tree, you might want to grab a drink to cool off at Frenchys 44 Restaurant located 1km east of French Harbor on the road to the iguana farm. It may only be open on Saturdays and Sundays, so make sure to call ahead (504) 9679-2782 or (504) 3304-5776.
To reach the snorkeling in Roatan by air, fly into Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) in San Pedro Sula. Then, you will need to transfer to an inter-island flight to the Bay Islands. Alternately, if you are coming from the US, you may be able to find a direct flight to Roatan into Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport (RTB) from Miami or Houston. A passport valid for at least 6 months past the departure date is required for entry, and there is a $40USD departure tax. Note: when preparing to fly off the island, make sure to give yourself plenty of time a the airport with a minimum of two hours - there are five long steps to the departure process and the planes do not typically wait even if you are confirmed checked-in. Also, the land-line phones on the island are very unreliable, so make sure to come with a complete list of the mobile phone numbers you may need such as dive shops, hotel, restaurants and rental car agency.
The Parrot Tree snorkeling dive site is located northeast of the airport on the south shore east of Second Bight. It is offshore of the Parrot Tree Plantation Resort.
Overall, Parrot Tree is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 16 snorkeling dives in Roatan. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Parrot Tree including CoCo View Wall, French Cay and Fantasy Island.