The underwater photographer's dream:
There is never a lack of photo subjects on Roatan, no matter where you turn your lens on a dive. It is situated at the southern edge of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and right next to the deep waters of the Cayman Trench. Roatan boasts the healthiest and most diverse reefs in the area, with almost every species of coral, sponge and fish to be found in the Caribbean.
HealthyReefs.org, "Healthy reefs for healthy people":
Each year the reefs of the Western Caribbean are given a report card on health and biodiversity, and Roatan continually scores the highest in the area. Note the concentration of green "healthy" dots on the western tip of the island. This is the Roatan Marine Park, the underwater playground where you will be doing your photography course.
These reports are based on countless dives by volunteer marine biologists and students who study the reef for both coral coverage and the size and variety of the fish populations that are found throughout the region.
Roatan is just far enough from the mainland of Central America not to be affected by run-off and other pollutions, and close enough to the Cayman Trench and main oceanic currents that keep it's waters clean, and every year bring in settling species from around the Caribbean.
To download of the Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef, please visit their website www.healthyreefs.org or click here.
“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.” Annie Leibovitz, 1949