by Laura Radford
This site is near Sandy Bay and West End and all operators on that side of the
island frequent it. Make sure you ask to see it.
At times while diving at Fish Den I got an eerie feeling that I was actually
swimming inside a giant aquarium. It is teeming with fairy basslets, Creole
wrasses, blue tangs- including juveniles which are bright yellow- several
species of angelfish and parrotfish, triggerfish, grouper, blennies, filefish,
trunkfish, indigo hamlets, spotted drum, trumpetfish, Christmas tree
worms, banded shrimp, arrow crabs; Iíll stop. You get the picture.
This is an excellent first dive
as it contains an assortment of the best of Roatanís fish and coral and is an
easy dive. The outer wall ends at about seventy feet but it is easy to stay
shallower. It is also and excellent last dive as it provides an opportunity to
say goodbye to nearly all of your new found fishy friends.
The dive site White Hole is named for the round patch of sand surrounded by
coral and sponges. The sandy part is a good place to look for scorpion fish and
stingrays. The rest of the reef is relatively shallow and placid and is host to
most everything bright and colorful. Three very grouper accompanied me on my
entire dive. One was so curious and fearless that I reached out and touched his
Laura Radford is a writer and a PADI
certified SCUBA Instructor. In 1995 after completing an MFA in Creative
Writing she moved from Alaska to Costa Rica where she taught diving and lead
SCUBA tours. She later returned to her home state of California where she
worked as a high school English teacher.
Currently Laura is working as a
freelance writer and is traveling and diving in her free time, which is most
of time. She was drawn to Honduras by the extraordinary diving off the Bay
Islands but was lured to mainland by Hondurasís natural beauty and
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