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Caribbean Snorkeling & Outdoor Island Fun
by Carl Burnham
Situated in a remote bay along the northeast shore of Roatan, you will find Subway Watersports. Surrounded by coconut trees, palms, and hibiscus flowers, with mangrove trees on the horizon, the bay views and coral reef here are outstanding. Roatan is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Kayaking Among the Mangrove Trees
After we were picked up across from the Port Terminal at Coxen Hole by a Subway Watersports Van, it was a short 30 minute ride through the Roatan countryside to their Dive Shop. We were greetly warmly by Kimberlie Dufresne at the Dive Shop and told what to expect for the day. Leon, a young Brit studying to become a Diving Master, first took us out for some bay kayaking. He gave us a perspective on what it's like to live in this island paradise and a close-up view of area mangrove trees that have helped the island weather storms over the years.
Snorkeling in Beautiful Turquoise Bay
After an hour of kayaking, we joined up with a group at the Dive Shop to get fitted with our snorkeling equipment comprised of snorkel, mask, flippers, and flotation device. For those who haven't tried it, snorkeling is super easy. You breath through a snorkel tube that sticks up out of the water, while paddling along the surface looking at the vibrant aquatic sealife just below you.
Another Perfect Day
The Subway Watersports boat crew took our group to a great shallow spot along the coral reef. The sealife I viewed ranged from starfish, seabiscuits, numerous bright colored blue and yellow fish, and many varieties of coral. An underwater camera is on my to buy list...
Viewing the Wonders of the Coral Reef
The bay is aptly named, as the clear turquoise waters are great for snorkeling. The surrounding area also offers scuba divers with a wide range of unique dives to view marinelife and to explore the many shipwrecks in the area upclose. The Subway Watersports Dive Shop has a 5 Star rating for PADI instructor development and is a National Geographic PADI Dive Center. The Dive Shop provides divers with all the scuba equipment they will need for their dives.
Secluded Beach at Turquoise Bay Resort
Subway Watersports is located on the northeast shore of Roatan right next door to the all inclusive Turquoise Bay Resort and also has a Dive Shop by Palmetto Bay Plantation. Both locations are just 30 minutes from the port of Roatan at Coxen Hole.
We would like to thank Subway Watersports for their hospitality and for assisting with our feature.
Subway Watersports Map
Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Subway Watersports offers a wide variety of water sports and tours, including snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, boat & jet ski rentals, scuba diving, PADI certifications and instruction. In addition, Roatan Shore Tours offers custom island tours and zip-line tours above the jungle canopy.
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