Frequently Asked Questions
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Do I need Dive Insurance?
Yes, Roatan Liveaboard requires dive and travel insurance for all passengers. Please click here for more info.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Where does the boat dock?
The boat is Docked at Parrot Tree Plantation and Dive Resort.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Is there night diving?
Absolutely. The night diving is great.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. When is check-out time on the boat?
Check-out is between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.
18. 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.
19. Will I have to bring a C-card and Dive Log?
C - cards and Dive Logs will be needed.
20. 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.
21. 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.