Verde Grande Snorkeling
The 14th most popular snorkel dive spot in Roatan.
Saturday 30 July 2016 06:47 GMT
Off the north shore near Punta Blanca, the snorkeling at Verde Grande is an exciting dive site with numerous cuts and channels in the reef to explore. This boat-accessed snorkeling dive site has waters ranging from 5 to 40 feet deep. There are good elkhorn coral formations to check out along with sea fans and sponges. During a Verde Grande snorkeling dive, you may encounter wrasse, surgeonfish and parrotfish.
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.
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 Verde Grande snorkeling is located on the remote northeast coast far northeast of the airport and French Harbor. While snorkeling Verde Grande, watch out for boat traffic and the rough surf conditions.
Overall, Verde Grande is the 14th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 16 snorkeling dives in Roatan.