Rotan Aggressor -Liveaboard – Roatan

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Liveaboard – Roatan Aggressor

Roatan

Itinerary includes Roatan, Utila, Cayos Cochinos and the Sea Mount

Guests aboard the ROATAN AGGRESSOR™ liveaboard will experience the best scuba diving in the Bay Islands of Honduras which is both easy and exciting.  The Bay Islands are world-renowned for their sheer walls, mystical wrecks, massive barrel sponges and captivating macro critters. These waters are also home to larger marine species, such as Whale Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks and Bottlenose Dolphin. The Roatan region of Honduras has fantastic critter scuba diving with subjects like Electric Rays, Longsnout Seahorses, ferocious looking Spoon-nose Eels, Rough Box Crabs, Yellowheaded Jawfish, Sailfin Blennies and even Southern Stargazers.

Roatan is ideally situated along The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (the second longest barrier reef in the world) that extends north of the Yucatan Peninsula and down to the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  This extensive reef attracts a wide variety of marine animals and feeds the Bay Islands with healthy and diverse populations of fish and other marine creatures.

Roatan used to be the base of operations for more than 5,000 pirates.  Now, passionate, “in the know” scuba divers on our liveaboard trips to Honduras are the new swashbuckling buccaneers seeking marine treasures at sites such as the Aguila Wreck, Mary’s Place and Coco’s Sea Mounts.

Welcome to Roatan & the Bay Islands (2019) from Aggressor Adventures on Vimeo.

Diving Details:

  • Remote sea mounts, wrecks, plunging walls, beautiful coral reefs, turtles, moral eels, Southern Sennets, manta rays, whale sharks and more
  • All dives from yacht.
  • Water temperature: 78-84F, 25-28C (summer months) 75–80F, 24-27C (winter months, with possible 72F, 22C drop in January)
  • 3-5 mm wetsuit recommended

Dive Tenders:

  • All dives are from the mothership. A dive tender is available for shore excursions.
  • 7-night charters: up to 27 dives are offered.
  • 10-night charters: up to 42 dives are offered.
  • The above is weather permitting and based on the Captains discretion.

The Yacht:

Port:  French Harbor, Roatan, Honduras

Built and maintained to the specifications of the local regulatory agencies and the regulations of the country of the flag.

  • Length: 120 ft.
  • Beam: 21
  • Passengers: 18
  • Staff: 6
  • Saturday to Saturday trips
  • Boarding: Saturday 3:30 p.m.
  • Check out: Saturday 8 a.m.

Honduras has been an Aggressor destination since 1989.

The Roatan Aggressor IV is a 120’ power yacht with a 22’ wide beam. Built and powered for comfort, safety and stability, she is diesel-powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power onboard. Accommodations include 1 master stateroom with a queen bed, 8 deluxe staterooms; 7 having a double and single berth, and one having 2 twin beds. All staterooms have climate controls, private bathrooms and showers The Roatan Aggressor sleeps 18 guests in privacy and comfort. She features a roomy, air conditioned salon and dining area, sun deck complete with a hot tub, lounge and deck chairs, stereo (has an iPod plug-in), shaded wet bar and grill, a complete photo center with a digital video and still photo editing computers. Diving amenities include Nitrox (unlimited Nitrox is $100 per week or $150 for 10 night trips), individual dive lockers, camera table with low-pressure air hoses, and two hot, freshwater showers on the dive platform. The Roatan Aggressor has a safe aboard to store valuables such as passports, cash, credit cards or anything else you would like to store. The yacht is not responsible any lost, damaged or stolen items. We highly recommend extremely caution and care be taken if you plan to travel onboard with electronic equipment. This equipment should always be stowed after use to avoid the risk of damage.

All staterooms are air-conditioned and fitted with private bathrooms and showers. Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant meal at dinner with tableside service are served in addition to fresh mid- morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. The yacht is equipped with 110 volt/USB outlets and hairdryers in each stateroom. Linens are changed midweek and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed. Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included.

Food:

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with fresh local fruits and veggies, island seafood, and local grown meats serving Caribbean and American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. If you have any special dietary restrictions, please be sure these are noted when completing the GIS. You will awaken to fresh fruits, local specialties, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Chef prepared dinners are seated and served each evening including salads, vegetables, fresh local seafood, beef or chicken with fresh homemade desserts. Once onboard, please speak to the chef about any special needs. Certain special dietary and beverage requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.

Beverages:

 Includes: fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which are complimentary. Due to the high duty charged on liquor, we suggest you bring your special brand from the U.S. or last duty free port. Due to local regulations; the bar will be closed while the boat is in port. Drinking and diving do not mix. Once you consume alcohol, you become a sunbather until the next day.

Packing:

Clothing should be lightweight, comfortable sportswear; sunscreen and swimsuits are a must. A light sweater or jacket is ideal for evenings. Dress is always casual and informal. Additional items you may want to bring are sunglasses and walking shoes for you time on shore.

Entertainment:

There is a variety of nightly entertainment, including diving, fish identification presentations, movies, games and more. If you have a favorite movie, digital presentation or a video to share, we encourage you to bring it along. The crew especially loves new releases of movies, recent magazines and books. A small library of books for exchange is maintained onboard as well as fish identification books for reference.

Diving Conditions:

 You will be diving in water that averages 82°F in the summer months and approximately 78°F in the winter months. Most guests make as many as 5 dives each day, so some sort of protection is needed. A 1-3mm wetsuit or shorty is recommended year round, however some people prefer a 5mm in January/February. All diving is from the mother ship.

Diving:

The crew of the Roatan Aggressor, with their unique combination of talents, offers the ultimate service. While onboard, you may pick a buddy of your choice, or dive with one of the crewmembers. The yacht offers up to five dives per day (2 on the last day) including night dives. There is ample storage space for your diving equipment in your personal locker. The Roatan Aggressor provides 80 cubic ft. tanks, weight belts and weights. The stern and platform area is very spacious. The boarding ladders were designed for convenience to allow divers easy entries and exits. Enjoy freshwater showers on the back deck after your dives and dry off with a warm towel. All diving onboard the Roatan Aggressor should be within the limits and standards of the training agency that certified you. All dives should be planned no decompression dives.

Dicing Supervision:

You’ve chosen a Liveaboard vacation for the diving freedom that it offers. While in the water, you and your buddy are in charge. Every dive starts with a dive briefing from our staff. However, as a certified diver, you and your buddy are responsible for planning and conducting your own dives within the limitations set forth by the briefing. The staff will be on the dive deck providing surface support for divers. The yacht will also have staff in the water offering support, u/w photography and videography, and critter spotting services as well. On some dive sites a staff member will offer to lead a group and assist them in locating specific points of interest. However, the yacht does not offer direct supervision of dives. If you start out with a group, as long as you and your buddy remain in contact with each other and are ok – you may follow your own dive plan. Divers who desire more personal attention and structured/supervised dives should consider taking one of the yachts numerous specialty courses. An underlying skill featured in all of specialty training is planning, executing, and debriefing after your dive in order to build a more confident diver.

Official Dive Sites of Roatan Aggressor:

The Roatan dive sites are the best of the Bay Islands. These islands are Honduras’ brightest gems offering divers sheer walls, beautiful shallow reefs, spectacular wrecks and offshore sea mounts. These pristine sea mounts represent a Caribbean frontier rarely explored by divers. Here are some of the areas the Roatan Aggressor will visit.

Roatan

Mary’s Place – One of the most famous dive sites off the south side of Roatan, Mary’s Place has a lush reef with crevasses and tunnels running through it that provide great photo opportunities.

Taviana’s Wall – Lots of turtles are found here and this site makes a great night dive with octopus, crabs and lobsters.

Wreck of the Aquila- This wreck is home to 15 – 20 large Groupers and a big blue Parrot Fish, as well as a big green Moray Eel that is always willing to come out and play.

Odyssey Wreck – This freighter is Roatan’s largest wreck measuring 300 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 85 feet tall. It is one of the largest wrecks in the Caribbean.

Sea Mount

Coco’s Sea Mount – Coco’s beauty is in the mix of coral and good visibility that divers always enjoy. The ocean floor rises from hundreds of feet to only 40 feet from the surface. These sea mounts are far from Utila and Roatan, therefore, they are rarely visited by day boat divers.

Utila

Black Hills – A favorite among all divers, you can count on seeing schools of Creole Wrasse, Atlantic Spadefish, Horse-eye Jack and Southern Sennets at this seamount, along with Scorpionfish, Toadfish and the rare Frog Fish. A resident turtle appears unafraid of divers, as do the Barracuda. Large pelagic fish can be spotted here, such as Manta Rays, Marlin, and sharks including the big boy himself, the Whale Shark!

Duppy Waters – A coral garden begins beneath the boat at 20 feet, with walls sloping off into the blue. Eagle Rays, stingrays, octopus and schools of Creole Wrasse and Blue Tang are in abundance.

CJ’s Drop-off – This is one for the deep dive enthusiast. Spiny Caribbean Lobster, Golden Tail Moray and schools of Jack are plentiful.

Raggedy Cay – This popular site begins at 30 feet and falls away to 130 feet, with Majestic Eagle Rays swooping by and Hawksbill Turtles munching away on soft corals. Octopus can be found around the sand channels along the coral garden as well as Spotted Morays.

Old Bank – This is a very nice shallow dive site, where the rare Elkhorn Coral flourishes and smaller critters, like the Fringed Filefish and Caribbean Reef Squid, can be seen along the walls. In the sandy areas, the allusive Yellowhead Jawfish can be spotted peering out of its hole.

Cannery Bank – Here’s a prime opportunity to witness large pelagic fish that roam the open waters. There are lots of vibrant color on the mounts, beginning at 25 feet and sloping to 110 feet.

Jack Neil Point – Sand, walls and individual coral heads make this a must dive. Long snout Seahorse, Large-eye Toadfish, Flying Gurnards, and octopus make this one of the area’s best night dives.

Halliburton Wreck – Sunk in 1998, this artificial reef begins at 65 feet with the wheelhouse and continues down to the vessel bottom at 100 feet. Green Morays, Spotted Drum, Yellowline Arrow Crabs, Channel Clinging Crabs and Bearded Fire Worms are usually seen on this exceptional deep dive, as well as the occasional Porcupine Fish and Pipefish.

Hawksbill Bank – The Roatan Aggressor is one of a few that visit this seamount beginning at 40 feet and sloping down to 80 feet. Bluebell tunicates are in abundance, and the rare Fingerprints can also be found. A resident Hawksbill turtle gives the site its name.

Cayos Cochinos

Toon Town- Known for its macro life, this dive off Cayos Cochinos is jam-packed with big clumps of bluebell tunicates, small crabs and flamingo tongue cowries, among a long laundry list of headliners from the tinier marine kingdoms.

Pelican Point – every kind of reef fish imaginable, including French and queen angelfish, butterfly fish, tangs, and parrotfish.  On the outside of the reef, you may see sharks and barracuda patrolling

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