Overview of Spooky Channel

Spooky Channel

Honduras, Roatan


Bay Islands Beach Resort is home of the famous Spooky Channel. The channel offers three unique shore diving opportunities: the inside reef for snorkelers to view the large coral heads and friendly parrot fish; the channel itself, which is a grand-canyon-like dive of 15 meters wide and 30 meters deep; and the outer reef that houses all the expected life of Roatan's North shore.

Directions: Along the short stretch of road between Half Moon Bay and Sandy Bay on the Northwest side of the island.


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03/29/2006 Al Mialkovsky (Avg: 2.36 Review) - This very much is similar to cavern diving. In the channel itself the visibility is as poor on Roatan as I've seen. But the structures made it a worthwhile dive in my book. On the outside reef it is more Roatan like with a gorgeous reef and abundant sea life. This is a better boat dive than shore dive.

03/05/2006 Rick Dozier (Avg: 3.14 Review) - Very far from the shore, and barely a shore dive IMHO. Currents can be Very strong when tide is going in or out. Out is more dangerous as you cannot swim against it, and then you get dragged out to sea.

02/11/2005 Linda in Colorado (Avg: 4.34 Review) - This was my 10th ever dive so it was a little scary. After all, it is Spooky Channel.

10/17/2004 Chuck (Avg: 4.60 Review) - Had I left the island without doing this dive I would have cheated myself of a great time. The gap at the top is about a third of the bottom. Had a good size (20 lb) grouper lead me through a tunnel; he was waiting for me on the other side and lead me through another. Huge area -- could dive 10 more times and still see new area.

04/23/2003 Don M. (Avg: 5.00 Review) - Spooky Channel makes a great dive. Guaranteed lobsters, shrimps, octopus, rays and groupers. Not a typical tropical wall dive until you get outside. The channel itself is more like doing a cave/cavern dive. Lots of overhangs and crevices. I like the channel best, but outside of the channel is a terrific wall dive. Do the free orientation at the dive shop because you don't want to swim against the current on the way back in. There are some side channels and tunnels you might miss if you don't know where they are. The resort gave us a good price for a fill & drop-off/pick-up in their whaler ($15 if I remember right). They also fixed my reg no charge. We did this a few times over 3 weeks. Check with the dive masters before making the swim because if the viz gets bad, it gets really bad! Otherwise, it is my favorite dive on Roatan. My wife snorkels & spent all day in the channel and surrounding area. The resort has a raft that was tied to a buoy in the channel. I don't think it is always there, but it makes a nice place for snorkelers to get out of the water, keep a dry bag with drinks, etc. On a practical note, we left our keys & valuables in the dive shop. Definitely worth at least 2 dives. We didn't see all of it, but we are going back next year.

03/18/2003 Anonymous (Avg: 5.00 Review) - One of the best dives in the Bay Islands. A cut through the reef where the coral is growing together over the top. 50 ft wide, but only about 12 ft. at the surface. Big coral heads to swim around. Can (and should) be done at different depths. Deepest spot 90 ft. Good depth 45 ft. But for best conditions (visibility, current, etc.) always consult the Dive masters at Bay Islands Beach Resort. Depending on conditions, they can run you out to the outside of the reef to do it from sea to shore. This unusual and spectacular dive is reasonably advanced and should be done at the right times for maximum enjoyment. A fabulous night dive, too. Full of marine life as well as coral formations.


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Entrance at Spooky Channel 

The entrance to Bay Islands Beach Resort is easy to find off the main road.




Parking at Spooky Channel 

Parking is right in front of the dive shop (to the left) and the restaurant/bar (to the right).


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Entry at Spooky Channel 

You can enter the water off the beach to the left, or the dock to the right.


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Entry at Spooky Channel 

The dock offers an easy giant stride entry, or a leisurely stroll down the steps. The nightly guided snorkel tour begins from this spot.




Informational at Spooky Channel 

To dive from this site, you must take an orientation dive from the resident dive master. Although there is a buoyed trail that leads from the dock to the channel, you'll need to absorb other important information before heading out on your adventure. Talk to the dive shop staff-- they're a friendly group!

Last Verification: February, 2003  


Diver Averages for  Spooky Channel  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  4.00
Reef Conditions:  4.33
Animal Life:  4.33
Plant Life:  3.67
Facilities:  3.83
Solitude 4.33
Roads:  3.67
*Site Average:  4.07

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.67
Beginner Scuba:  3.50
Intermediate Scuba:  4.17
Advanced Scuba:  4.17
Night diving Scuba:  3.67

Number of reviews for this site: 6


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