Roatan - A Gem For Snorkeling

by Susan (Sue) Harris
(Tauranga New Zealand)

Grey Angelfish

Grey Angelfish

Grey Angelfish School of Blue Tangs Parrotfish-possibly Stoplight? Queen Angelfish

As a solo older person I found my two weeks in Roatan for snorkeling and freediving quite good. For my first week I stayed at Cocoview Resort which is itself on an island near French Harbour. I chose not to go on dive boats which went twice a day as I wanted to really get to know the house reef.

The house reef is about a 10 minute swim from the door. The water depths were very good, from 1 meter up to 40 metres. I was able to see lots and get some good pictures. I saw lots of fish and other critters on route in the seagrass beds.

I snorkeled twice a day for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours a time. The water quality was great. There were lovely corals, heaps of purple sea fans, and sponges. I saw lobsters swimming, scrawled filefish, school of squid, eagle ray, various schools of grunts and blue tangs, whiptail eel, trumpetfish, garfish and beautiful queen, french, and grey angelfish, and more.

As I try and take photos Tim who owns the photography store adjacent to the lodge assisted me with my own gear. He has camera systems to rent if you don't have your own.

The lodge, the accommodation, the ease for snorkeling and freediving at Cocoview Resort was awesome.

For the second week I stayed at Tranquilseas Eco Resort in Sandy Bay. I had two boat trips with the dive shop located at the resort and saw a huge rainbow parrotfish. I didn't even know these existed; awesome and very large. And I saw some large groupers, moray, one turtle and school of squid.

The water near the lodge is not very clean due to boat traffic but I got in early and saw some good stuff under the dock - sea stars, shrimp and said hello to the resident barracuda.

Taxis are quite an economical way to get around which I did to West End and had a brief look at West Bay and the young people whooping it up.

I found it would be best to take US dollars as the ATM gives out Lempira. And some basic Spanish goes a long way with local folks.

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Sep 02, 2018
Thank you for your report
by: Nicole & Galen

Hi Sue! Thank you for this great report about your snorkeling trip to Roatan. Sounds like you saw lots of wonderful sea life.

Sep 02, 2018
Roatan and Cocoview
by: Anne

I also am an older single snorkeler and did Cocoview awhile ago and went on the boats 2 times per day. They always pointed me to the boats that would have the best snorkel. I had a fabulous time as well on the house reef. Great place.

Sep 03, 2018
Solo Snorkeling
by: Denise

Do you snorkel by yourself? I have always gone on tours because I am an older single person who loves to snorkel but very cautious. Do you wear a life vest if you go by yourself? Maybe I am too paranoid. I am really glad you wrote about your trip to Cocoview. I was thinking about going to that resort hopefully next year.

Sep 03, 2018
Cocoview Roatan
by: Susan Harris from Tauranga New Zealand

It is of course best to snorkel or be in the water with someone else. You need to let the staff know so if there are others who snorkel you can buddy up. I am often the only snorkeler when I travel.

The reef and sea grass at Cocoview I think is shallow enough to just float along. There are areas that are less than a meter. You can see lots if you are patient.

I am a confident swimmer, snorkeler and "somewhat freediver". I do not wear a life jacket but if I wasn't confident I would. A light wetsuit also gives you buoyancy.

I would check the dive boat trips for depths and distances. I'd ask if you could get a guide for some snorkels if you are nervous when you are alone. Or if you can get a guide, go out to the reef. I found the staff very accommodating at Cocoview.

Sep 04, 2018
Solo Snorkeling
by: Denise

Thank you so much Sue and Anne... I definitely will try Cocoview. Sounds like my kind of place.:)

Sep 06, 2018
Speaking Spanish added to the trip
by: Cindy Wakefield

Snorkeling was wonderful, but an unexpected pleasure was that the local people seemed to enjoy helping me with my Spanish. And they liked practicing English too. Very fun and friendly location.

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