Labor Day Getaway to Roatan

Roatán, Honduras

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Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2019
Group size: 11 - 13
Labor Day Getaway to Roatan
Roatán, Honduras

Blue Planet Scuba
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$1020
Deposit: $500
Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2019
Group size: 11 - 13

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for a week of world-class diving in beautiful Roatan! Escape your worries and relax on this beautiful island where amazing dive sites are only minutes away. Explore West End, a funky beach community with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants, or retreat to Cocolobo, our new home away from home surrounded by tropical gardens and amazing sea views. 

Roatan

The largest of Honduras' Bay Islands, Roatan offers some of the world’s best diving plus top side adventures and gorgeous vistas. Located on the world’s second largest reef system -- the Meso-American Barrier Reef -- the fringing coral reef ecosystem surrounding the island is simply stunning and you can access incredible dive sites in minutes. 

The Diving

Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for beginners. A great spot to complete your Open Water Diver certification, Advanced Open Water Diver and more. 


Formed by the Bonacca Ridge, an underwater mountain range, there are three major coral reef formations in the waters around the island of Roatan. The Cayman trench is located just west of the island, bringing with it rich nutrients which feed a variety of species and give way to one of the world's richest marine ecosystems. 


Roatan's dramatic walls in warm, crystal-clear waters drop off into the purple depths of the Caribbean while its healthy, varied reefs are teeming with colorful marine life. Several large wrecks lie just minutes from shore. Soaring eagle rays, diverse schools of tropical fish, alongside sharks and garden eels are just a bit of what you’re likely to see. And with water temperatures averaging 80 degrees or better and visibility ranging from 50 to 100 feet, Roatan is a favorite among visitors who love to experience thrilling diving in comfort. We're looking forward to diving with our friends at Reef Gliders again.

Other Activities

There’s plenty to keep you occupied top side as well. Explore the mangroves, visit a local nature park and learn more about Roatan's history, get a massage, zipline, sail, snorkel, relax on the beach or wander through West End or West Bay.

Cocolobo

Cocolobo is a paradise in Roatan's West End. All condos have ocean views while cottages and homes are surrounded by lush gardens. The resort offers two pools to enjoy, plus a huge sun deck, BBQ, honor bar and lounge. Accommodation options include spacious ocean-front condos with kitchenettes and balconies, or a room in a two-bedroom home with a full kitchen and plenty of space. Cocolobo is a five minute walk to the heart of West End Village and the white sandy beach of Half Moon Bay.  

Travel

You should plan to fly into Roatan's Juan Manuel Galvez Interational airport (RTB) on August 31. From there, it's a quick ride to the West End. You can fly home at any time on September 7. Please email or call the shop before booking your flight!  

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $100 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 7 nights at Cocolobo
    Double or single occupancy available
  • 10 boat dives
    5 days of 2-tank boat dives
  • Continental breakfast
    At Cocolobo
  • Lunch on dive days
    At Reef Gliders' on site cafe
  • Marine park fees
  • Flights
    International flights to Roatan
  • Airport transfers
    We'll organize vans for the group
  • Air conditioning
    $10/day per room
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew

Available Packages

Top Floor Ocean Front Studio, Double
Sold Out

Double occupancy in a spacious ocean-front condo with new furnishings, kitchenette, ceiling fan, air conditioner (fee), cable tv, wifi, spacious bathroom with hot water and large balcony with hammock and seating to enjoy the ocean view and breeze! Condos have exposed wood finishing, high ceilings, floor to ceiling glass sliding doors to enjoy the Caribbean Sea view from bed! 


Bedding options: 1 king bed, ideal for couples or singles, or 2 double beds, reserved for single travelers sharing a room.


Want a single? Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$1020
Deposit: $500
Top Floor Ocean Front Studio, Single
Sold Out
$1500
Deposit: $500
Ground Floor Ocean Front Studio, Double
Sold Out

Double occupancy in a spacious ocean-front condo with new furnishings, kitchenette, ceiling fan, air conditioner (fee), cable tv, wifi, spacious bathroom with hot water and large balcony with hammock and seating to enjoy the ocean view and breeze! Condos have exposed wood finishing, high ceilings, floor to ceiling glass sliding doors to enjoy the Caribbean Sea view from bed!   


Bedding options: 1 king bed, ideal for couples or singles, or 2 double beds, reserved for single travelers sharing a room.


Want a single? Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$950
Deposit: $500
Ground Floor Ocean Front Studio, Single
Sold Out
$1360
Deposit: $500
Two Bedroom Garden Home, Double
Sold Out

Double occupancy in one of two bedrooms in a beautiful island home overlooking tropical gardens and the back garden pool. Enjoy spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms downstairs, full size kitchen and living rooms upstairs with large outdoor covered balconies to enjoy relaxing, a BBQ or drink! Plus air conditioners in each bedroom (fee), washer & dryer, BBQ on deck.


Bedding options: first room has 1 king bed, ideal for couples or singles, and the second room has 2 double beds, reserved for single travelers sharing a room.


Want a single? Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

$1020
Deposit: $500
$1020
Deposit: $500

Top Floor Ocean Front Studio, Double
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Itinerary

Saturday
Arrival in Roatan

Arrive at the RTB airport and transfer to West End. Check in at Cocolobo and the dive shop. We can walk into town for dinner.

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

We had a great time! Well organized, fabulous people, amazing food and accommodation that exceeded all expectations!
I couldn’t believe that gorgeous island was for real! The diving was wonderful, the water so warm I didn’t need a wetsuit all week, and trip mates and organizers made it as special as it was both above and below water. I was astonished by how good the food was every single meal. The staff from hotel to dive shop could not have provided better service. The scenery: breathtaking!
The trip was fantastic! A great group of divers, an amazing leader, Andrea, from Blue Planet, the fold at CRF were wonderful - we learned a lot and had four beautiful and productive dives.
Trip was great, and coral restoration education and experience was fantastic. Andrea is the best leader and organizer. Unfortunately, weather prevented us from diving 2 out of 3 days, and our room was small for 2 single people, had little annoyances like nowhere to plug in cell phones near the bed and only processed carbs for breakfast, and had lots of little things not working that made the accommodations less than satisfactory.
MD
The diving was great! Sharks, wrecks, and schools and schools of fish! We also saw eels and octopuses! Josh and Heather were very approachable and easy going organizers who made space for everyone to opt-in to the group dinners but definitely gave no pressure. They addressed any problems immediately and with grace, and generally added to the experience. While the staff were all very kind and friendly, the NC dive shop (Olympus) offers very little in terms of included amenities and services. You do everything yourself: analyze and record your own EAN, put your tanks on the boat, set up your equipment, and the dives are self-guided. Lunch and refreshments are not provided on board (but there is plenty of space to put your own in the coolers and minifridge, plus a toaster oven and microwave). This was all fine and communicated ahead of time, but is quite different from my experiences elsewhere, so worth noting, especially since the prices were higher than I am used to. Most sites were about 2 hours offshore, so I assume much of the cost can be attributed to fuel. Two of the three days, we did both dives on the same site. The first day, the other Olympus Dive Shop boat was anchored on the stern of the huge wreck and our boat was anchored on the bow. It seems to me that we could have at least switched locations of the two boats during our hour plus surface interval to get a somewhat different dive in for the second tank, but instead we did the exact same dive twice (which albeit was a great dive). Only two people from our group stayed in the dive lodge, which I highly recommend for those with a tolerance for hostel living. It was very well located, an easy walk to most of the restaurants and (crucially) to the dive shop. Lots of space in the fridge and a chill living room area, plus the bathrooms were clean. I could see it getting a little crowded if at capacity, but we only had 6-9 people staying there any given night. Definitely a good budget option! Plus you get to meet some other divers, hear their stories, and get their advice on the sites. All in all, a great trip! I would definitely recommend it to experienced divers who like sharks, wrecks, and fish galore!
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