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Roatan Honduras?

Discussion in 'SCUBA Discussion' started by rjl45, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. rjl45

    rjl45 Copepod

    Has anyone been to Roatan? Where's the best dive sites? Best place to stay? Any other tips?

    I'm planning a trip there, and wanted to see if anyone has any suggestions. Thanks!
  2. Craigar

    Craigar Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    We went diving off the northwest coast it was amazing[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  3. rjl45

    rjl45 Copepod

    Awesome! Thanks. Any recommendations on hotels? What's the best way to get around the island?
  4. MartinsReef

    MartinsReef Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    We are going in November, so I am tagging along.
  5. that0neguy1126

    that0neguy1126 Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

  6. Mermaid Gardens

    Mermaid Gardens Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looks like a really great place to scuba.

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  7. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    One of the top scuba destinations in the world, its on my short list, so following along
  8. rjl45

    rjl45 Copepod

    Just got back from a great trip to Roatan. It is a beautiful place. The reef is beautiful, but in all honesty, I thought the fish life wasn't that strong. Even though they have created a preserve, it's obvious that it is still heavily fished. Every night I saw fishing boats leave to go fish under the cover of darkness. All my diving was between West Bay and Sandy Bay, mostly around West End.
  9. rjl45

    rjl45 Copepod

  10. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Great photos! Were those shore or boat dives?
  11. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

  12. rjl45

    rjl45 Copepod

    All were boat dives. The one picture on the beach is my wife doing her check out dive, before getting on the boat.

    Very easy, relaxing diving. Virtually zero current, great visibility and beautiful coral formations.
  13. rjl45

    rjl45 Copepod

    And thanks! I have fun taking underwater photos.

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  14. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Cool! Last question, what's your camera setup like?
  15. rjl45

    rjl45 Copepod

    I use an "old" Nikon D200, Sea & Sea housing, 2 stobes, and a mix of 3 lenses, 12mm-24mm, 60mm macro, and 105mm macro, depending on the dive. Each of those lenses needs a different port for the camera housing. Here's a photo of me a few years back with my camera. [​IMG]
  16. rjl45

    rjl45 Copepod

    I will say, you don't need a "big and expensive" camera to get great underwater photos. It helps to have additional functions, but there are a couple major items that make it possible, everything else is refinement.
    1. Waterproof housing
    2. Need LOTS of light. External strobes really are necessary and arms to get them away from the lens.
    3. Shoot "up", not "down". Capture as much natural light as possible.
    4. If you want color in your photo, need to be CLOSE! General rule of thumb, no further than arms length away (2-3ft).

    Follow these simple rules and you can capture some amazing photos too. ;)
  17. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Very nice man! Great shots!

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