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“You have to do this once!”
Review of Roatan Shark Dive

Roatan Shark Dive
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We were warned by our Roatan dive shop that this experience was 'rustic'. It was-- but we knew what we were getting in to. You get into your gear at the dock and they help you get into the dive boat. There were 14 of us and we were pretty crammed into the boat. No room to really move around and a bit uncomfortable due to sitting on the bench with your gear on. The boat ride is quick though- maybe 10-15 minutes. We had pretty calm seas for our dive and no current. They still requested you use the line to descend and ascend. We back rolled into the water.
It really is an awesome sight seeing these sharks swimming around. We got to swim with them and it was a bit of an intimidating experience. There were about 15 sharks ranging in size from babies to big females. When it was feeding time, they went into a 45 second frenzy getting at the food.
After the feeding we swam a few more minutes with them. When the dive master signaled it was time to go up, we hurried to get to the line first to avoid the pileup of getting back into the boat- smart choice.
The boat ride back was a bit concerning. As another review said, the boat engine kept cutting out- but we made it back to the dock without it completely stalling out.
Reviews say don't bring you GoPro camera, the dive shop people tell you don't bring your GoPro camera, so don't bring your GoPro camera. People on our boat had some words with the boat captain about this. You know their rule and it's their dive and their rules- why argue it. Whether it's so they can sell their video or because of a safety hazard with the sharks- it's their rules. Don't bring your GoPro. They do allow you to use other types of cameras though. And the video they sell really is good and the quality is exceptional.
This was a dive that you should do at least once. It was an adrenaline filled experience.

Thank Nancy K
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

The dive itself is good. It was arough ride out to the dive spot. The sharks are obviously conditioned to come for the food. You spend 15 minutes watching them circle around. It's great for the first 5 minutes then it gets boring.
After they feed the fish, they let you come out from the wall and look for teeth and swim around. Most of the sharks leave straight away but a few linger.
Swim with the sharks instead. This is by far the most enjoyable part. They only hang around for 5 minutes or so. They are fun to swim beside and just watch.
The reason I give this an average rating is because after talking to people around the island you learn why this company has a monopoly on this dive site. After learning about what they do to discourage other operators from diving at this spot, you may want to reconsider diving with them.
Sharks are awesome but this is a very choreographed affair.

1  Thank robinet
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

The Waihuka dive center is the only operation that runs this Shark trip. The owners spent three years diving the site to 'prepare' it for the shark experience. It's more like a show -- you drop down 70 feet and then either kneel or stand in the sand and watch all of these large female caribbean reef sharks come in to check out the bait bucket.

It's a great opportunity to see a lot of these sharks and I loved how they swam right over you. If the current is not too bad, the DM will take you for a swim with the sharks. We stayed in one spot though but I was still able to get some pics.

A few tips:

- they won't let you take GoPros on the trip but all other cameras are allowed. They said it is because the sharks tend to bite the goPros (likely thinking they are small silver fish).

- overweight yourself by several pounds to help you stay firm in the sand. I was neutrally buoyant and had to grip onto a rock just to stay stationary.

- they will make a very nice dvd of the experience for $40-$50. The DVD is cash only so bring cash with you for that. You can use your credit card for the dive.

- although the dive is classified as novice, I would say it's intermediate. Depending on the boat they use, you may be doing a back roll off the boat and climbing back up using a small rickety ladder. The dive site is in the middle of the ocean and the water can be quite rough and choppy (it was for us). Luckily it's not too far away from the site. In addition, you will likely have a mild to strong current on the surface and will need to pull yourself along a current line. It's also a deep dive with a 30+ minute bottom time so you will be pushing your deco limit by the end of the dive. Pay attention to your computer!

- they are rough with cameras. If you have a dslr, bring your dome port cover and cover it up before handing it back to them on the boat.

3  Thank 78brooke
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Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

The tanks leaked and there were no safety checks of any kind. The captain yelled at everyone on the boat who asked questions and was cruel to one diver who expressed some uncertainty about the dive ("get in or sit here and wait"). He did nothing to help the diver who lost her weight belt due to the rough waters and was getting beaten up by banging against the boat.

The "boat" is a metallic canoe that they cram way too many people in. No oars or any safety equipment.

You back dive off the boat into rough water and then fight to find the rope. Once you do, you then fight your way down 70 feet (very rough current, takes two hands and a lot of strength).

When you reach the bottom, you kneel or stand for a contrived feeding show while they film you and the sharks. We saw 10 sharks for about 15 minutes then, after the sharks left, they let us swim around to look for teeth.

Another tough fight against the current to get back in the boat. The motor kept cutting out and we barely made it back.

Then, you are forced to watch the video and pressured to buy it for $50.

I can't believe that the dive shop at infinity bay gave us such a hard sell on the dive, given that the dive masters and captains at infinity bay were so safety conscious and helpful.

6  Thank sfmdca
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Our group had a great Black-Yip shark dive. We watched 15-17 Large reef sharks feed on dead fish while sitting on the bottom 10' away. Some of the lasger females were 10-12' in length. This is one Roatan attraction well worth the $$$. Highly reccommended. A+++ Cannot take a GoPro camera was the only negative..I guess they want to sell their videos..Still worth the $$$.

1  Thank Harry C
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