Roatan Underwater Museum


Hosts Loren and Christina cater to guests needs.

Hosts Loren and Christina cater to guests needs.

This is a neat little operation.  A young couple from Roatan have created a business combining history and entertainment.  Loren Monterroso and his wife Christina Castro turned snorkeling into a treasure hunt.  Located in Sandy Bay, the Underwater Museum has been in operation for a few years.  Upon arrival, Christina gives an introduction to the site and facilities.  In addition to the snorkel adventure there is a pizza oven, bar, plenty of beach chairs and hammocks for relaxing after your snorkel adventure and fresh water showers. Perfect for customers to spend a morning or afternoon onsite.

Snorkeling with local guides at the Underwater Museum.

Snorkeling with local guides at the Underwater Museum.

After outfitting us with with snorkel gear, we were led down the dock a skiff, which transported us to a large fiberglass platform (5 mintues).  The local guides Isaias and Marcos gave a thourough briefing including safety as well as what to expect on our tour.  Helping us in the water, we began our tour with the pre-colombian artifacts.  There are replicas of Mayan findings statues to masks.  As we snake our way though the coral heads we encountered parrotfish, grunts, snapper, bi-color damsels and red lipped blennies.  We made a turn and entered the Colombian era. The bottom falls away as we swim over a replica of a  sunken pirate ship with treasure chests and coins all in place. If you are able to dive down, check and see if you can pick up a coin!

We end our adventure near the platform among very shallow coral heads, perfect for snorkelers to get up close and personal with brain coral, christmas tree worms, and gobies galore.  Under one ledge Isias pointed out a lionfish. In the distance he showed us an elusive turtle.  Although he never came close enough for a picture it was still nice to know they are around.

Treasure!

Treasure!

We climb back onto the platform (if you want to swim back to shore it is about 15 minutes) and back to the boat.  Rinsing off in the fresh water showers in the garden, we ordered a Salva Vida and relaxed in the hammocks to round out our afternoon.

Large coral heads to explore while snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea.

Large coral heads to explore while snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea.

Overall a great experience with welcoming hosts.  Perfect for families, groups, snorkelers, and great for non-water folks who just want to chill out on a private beach with a cerveza.  If you are an avid snorkeler and do not need a guide, you might want to check into a dive shop for more advanced snorkeling.

Bring sunscreen and bug repellent.  In times of little wind you will want the bug repellent.

If you or someone in your party is looking to do some deep sea fishing you can also charter the owner, Captain Loren, in his other business Early Bird Fishing Charters.

So combine a little history with your snorkeling and learn and explore at the Underwater Museum by contacting Christina Castro roatanunderwatermuseum@hotmail.com or (504) 9876-0560,.  See www.underwatermuseumroatan.com for more info.  To charter Captain Loren email him at earlybirdfishing@yahoo.com.

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