Roatan: Turquoise Bay Resort
Turquoise Bay Resort: The best value for your diving dollar
Located on Roatan’s Northeast shore Turquoise Bay Resort is the only dive resort in this lush and remote area of the island. The resort’s location provides you with the opportunity to dive uncrowded, pristine dive sites. The resort is set on a sweeping hillside with spectacular ocean views and a protected bay which makes the water calm and perfect for swimming and kayaking. Beach lovers will enjoy our private, tranquil, 500 ft white-sand beach.
The all-inclusive KSC week: June 29th to July 6th
Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands in Honduras. Discover an island with the authentic Caribbean and Latin American lifestyles. The Islanders are warm and friendly greeting you wherever you go. Everything is good on “island time.”
At Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort you will enjoy the very individual and personal service that only a small dive resort can offer. Their friendly local staff takes pride in getting to know their guests and making them feel at home. In fact, by the end of the week, you very much feel you are a part of the resort’s island family.
Why Turquoise Bay Resort?
[caption id="attachment_5645" align="alignleft" width="436"] Roatan is one of the few places in the Caribbean you can see the unique and odd Toad Fish. Photo by Margo Peyton[/caption]
The main reason to book this resort is a diving family of four can get 18 dives, all meals, accommodations, and transfers for around $7,000. At the price point, you can be diving on the second largest barrier reef in the world, have the opportunity to see nurse sharks, tons of turtles, large schools of snapper, thick green moral eels, lionfish hunting, and the offer heard but rarely seen Toadfish. Yes, indeed you can hear the Toadfish burp or bark underwater.
"Turquoise Bay one the most peaceful resorts we book for our KSC weeks. It has the unique tranquility of a yoga retreat that feels like home." Tom Peyton, Vice President of Kids Sea Camp says, "I'm glad we are back, it is one of my favorite places in the Caribbean to watch a sunset and go diving in the morning. Plus, there is world-class Bonefish fishing only about an hour away."
Unlike its luxury sister resort, the Mayan Princess, which sits on a more vibrant Caribbean beach near West Bay, Turquoise Bay is embedded with remote stillness. Your family will have the run of the resort with other Kids Sea Campers. There are no other resorts around Turquoise Bay so the huge white sand beach is yours for the week. The dive sites are uncrowded and the diving is warm with great visibility.
Every week is different at Kids Sea Camp
- 7 nights oceanfront or garden accommodations
- 6 days of diving w/ Mayan Divers- 2-tank in the morning, 1-tank in the afternoon w/ family
- 1-night dive
- 1 day of diving on the south shore
- 3 meals daily: All-inclusive meals, snacks, and beverages
- Unlimited non-alcoholic drinks
- West End 2-tank dive with lunch at Mayan Princess
- Gumbalimba Park on Friday
- Welcome party opening
- Local speakers and presentations on Roatan
- Poetry presentation and closing celebration on Friday
- Kids Sea Camp tote bags, t-shirts, flap straps and other giveaways (giveaways vary from sponsors)
- All kids dive rental gear, and course materials are included, with private instructors.
- Roundtrip airport/ hotel transfers
- Hotel taxes
A normal KSC schedule
This is a general sample schedule that will change depending on the weather, courses offered, and location. Other activities and courses and detail will be provided on a final schedule included with your trip documents. This schedule is also subject to changes on island.
Saturday: Arrival day and orientation — You will meet KSC and resort staff and be given program information.
Sunday: 2 to 3 dives depending on dive package and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Adventure & AOW training
Monday: 2 to 3 dives depending on dive package and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Adventure & AOW training
Tuesday: 2 to 3 dives depending on dive package and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Adventure & AOW training
Wednesday: 3 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Adventure & AOW diving and Pizza Movie night
Thursday: 3 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Adventure & AOW diving
Friday: Family dive day and closing feast and celebration, and slide presentation.
Saturday: Travel day — back to reality!
General Schedule information
- Three meals daily are included in your package.
- Breakfast is served buffet style each morning from 7-9 AM with eggs made to order, ham, potatoes, pancakes, fruits, cereal, along with local juices.
- Lunch is served off the menu with a wide variety of foods from burgers to salads, pasta or fish. A special kids menu is also available from 1-2 PM.
- Dinner is available from 6:30-10 PM daily and also served off the menu with fresh daily seafood.
- A special farewell dinner is scheduled on Friday night.
Please note: The kid’s programs end at 2:30 PM, so if you chose a shore dive or an additional afternoon dive at 2:15 you will be responsible for making sure your kids are attended to. It should not be a problem as we are always available but it will need to be arranged with prior notice.
This is a tentative schedule and will change, please contact us for up-to-date information.
A million dollar view
Turquoise Bay Resort features 26 rooms nestled throughout a spectacular 30-acre tropical property. The resort is built on a hill on the bay that embraces the rooms with amazing sunsets and expansive views.
The resort has comfortable Ocean View and Hillside Rooms representing 20 of the units and are similar in size and amenities.
Room types include:
- Connecting rooms 1 & 2. Room 1 has one King bed and connects to room 2 with two double beds
- Connecting rooms 5 & 6. Room 6 has one King bed and connects to room 5 with two double beds
- Rooms 1-12 are all on one level
- Rooms 14-21, Hillside, up 45 stairs to rooms 14,17,18,21
- Rooms 15,16,19, 20 are downstairs
Here are the rates for the summer week June 29th to July 6th at the Turquoise Bay Beach Resort in 2019.
|Room Type||Diver rate||Non-diver|
|1 adult in a Deluxe room||$2,074||$1,500|
|2 adults in a Deluxe room||$1,874||$1,300|
|Sasy (Ages 4-7)||$1,063|
|Seal Team (Ages 8-9)||$1,499|
|JOW program (Ages 10-17)||$1,499|
|Diving kids (Ages 10-17)||$1,499|
A great place for divers of all ages
Turquoise Bay Beach resort offers some of the most unique diving experiences in Roatan.
Dolphin DENT: The shallow cave-like swim-through Dolphin Den takes you from the inside of the reef to the outside. The maze of tunnels and caverns is so extensive that you can spend your whole dive inside it, still, it is simple enough not to get lost. There are plenty of openings in the ceiling to make this dive save, still one may want to stay close to his dive buddy. Inside the cavern, one may find thousands of silversides and other creatures like moray eels. The silversides seam to have been the reason for the tragic death of a pod of dolphins whose remains were found inside the cavern. They must have followed the silversides inside and got disoriented. Depth range: 5 – 12 meter (15 – 40 feet). Experience required: Intermediate
UNDERGROUND: Located alongside one of the channels through the reef, this dive site turns into a tunnel at 20ft with numerous cracks letting sunlight stream in, opening out into the deep channel reaching 80ft, where you can find starfish, anemones & rays. Depth range: 5 – 25 meter (15 – 80 feet). Experience required: Beginner, intermediate for swim-throughs.
SPONGES: At this amazing wall you can find many different sponges and corals including huge barrel sponges and spectacular pillar corals. The drop-off is at 60 feet and drops to 180 feet. Very often there are turtles, nurse-sharks and eagle rays passing by, as well as morays. During the dive, it is common to find several cleaning stations, and the safety stop has some beautiful Elkhorn. Depth range: 5 – 40 meter (15 – 130 feet). Experience required: Beginner
Andy's WALLA: Colourful wall with soft and hard corals, often visited by groupers, schools of chubs, creole wrasse, horse-eye jacks and black durgons among others. The wall starts at 60ft, dropping to 160.Depth range: 5 – 40 meter (15 – 130 feet). Experience required: Beginner
LABYRINTH: There’s something for everyone at the Labyrinth, it starts with a shallow area of 40ft perfect for beginners and slowly slopes down to 60 feet. Hidden in a big hole in the rock, a spotted drum patrols his territory among schools of glassy sweepers. The sandy canyons winding through towering rock formations provide thrilling swim-throughs. Depth range: 5 – 18 meter (15 – 60 feet). Experience required: Beginner, intermediate for swim-throughs.
FISH SPOT: This site has two names it was named the view as it is directly out from the view restaurant. It has also been named fish spot for its abundant amount of fish around the top of the reef between 15 to 20 feet. Depth range: 5 – 25 meter (15 – 80 feet). Experience required: Beginner
SEA STAR CHANNEL: This site is ideal as training site as we begin our dive in the sandy shallows at around 7ft, we weave our way through the shallow coral heads to the west and down into the channel. The channel has got its name from the abundance of cushioned sea stars that lye in the base of the channel, this is a good area for spotting southern sting rays which on murky days are many. Follow the channel out keeping to the slope in your right-hand side the sand slope soon turns into coral heads which multiply until you reach a shallow wall at around 25ft, follow this till you reach an entrance between two coral heads which take you into a wide canyon bowl. Around the entrance, we have seen eagle rays on numerous occasions. The middle of the bowl goes down to around 80ft and the topography inside changes into a rocky environment, look under the rocks for toadfish. After exploring the canyon bowl, take the same route back. Depth range: 5 – 25 meter (15 – 80 feet). Experience required: Beginner
"Odyssey" Wreck: Roatan’s biggest wreck lies at 110 ft in a big sand patch next to a beautiful reef wall. The bow of the wreck is sitting upright while the superstructure of the stern is sitting at a 30-degree angle which makes swimming through it quite interesting. The midsection has collapsed from the powerful surge of several cold fronts. Depth range: 18 – 40 meter (60 – 130 feet). Experience required: Advanced
EL AGUILA WRECK DIVE: A 210′ cargo boat perfectly sunk at 100 feet of water on a sandy bottom full of deep garden eels. It has been adapted for penetration diving so you can descend onto open large compartments where you can surprise a number of fish in their homes. Adjacent to the boat runs the wall to finish off the dive among the shallow water tropical fish. When El Aguila sunk in 1997, it was upright in 110 feet of water. In October 1998, Hurricane Mitch arrived and battered the north shore, breaking it into 3 pieces but Mitch provided a service to the wreck divers of Roatan. The 3 pieces created extra nooks and crannies to investigate. Depth range: 18 – 40 meter (60 – 130 feet) Experience required: Advanced
Home sweet, island home cookin'
Let the imaginative and culinary talent of our head chef prepare delicious local and international creations for you, and experience the best of the authentic Caribbean and Latin American favorites. Order from our a la carte menu or enjoy our daily breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in our air-conditioned dining room or outdoor patio with spectacular ocean views, perfect for enjoying the early morning sunshine, or a romantic warm and starry night.
Start your day with a “typical” Honduran breakfast of eggs of your choice, rice, refried beans, fried plantains, and a grilled pork or steak. Add a cup of full-bodied Honduran-grown coffee and a freshly squeezed juice, and your day is set.
At lunchtime, dine casually at our poolside at the height of palm trees, offering spectacular views of the barrier reef and the Caribbean Sea. Let us serve you some fresh fish, pork or steak tacos made with handmade tortillas, grilled chicken, and rice with a side of coleslaw, or maybe some steamed enchiladas with a cilantro and lime tomatillo salsa. Don’t forget to pair your lunch with a local frosty beer, or our special recipe rum punch.
In local Garifuna the word “Udurau” means fish, and this fresh delicacy is served daily, in any number of ways, by our experienced chefs. While dining with us you may experience fish pulled right from our local waters – tuna, wahoo, dorado, jack, mahi-mahi, grouper, and king mackerel.
Direct flights from all around the US
You can easily fly to Roatan from most U.S. cities. Direct flights are available year-round from Houston and Atlanta and during certain times of the year from Newark and Miami. Alternatively, you can fly in to San Pedro Sula or La Ceiba and take a domestic flight to Roatan. The airport code for Roatan is RTB, for La Ceiba is LCE and for San Pedro Sula is SAP.
Sunwing offers air/hotel packages with direct flights from Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa from December to April.
A $37 USD departure tax is due at the airport in cash when departing Roatan.
PASSPORTS & DOCUMENTATION:
All travelers must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket to travel out of the USA. Travelers must have a passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of entry to any foreign country.
It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper documentation to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Please check with the appropriate consulate as well as your chosen airline carrier to ensure you have the proper documentation. Always check your passport and visa requirements. US citizens may go to the US Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov for more information. The website also has information for consulates by country to assist with requirements.
There are special requirements for children leaving the US and many countries have adopted special requirements for the protection of children. If you are traveling with a child that is not your own, a single parent with a child, a child with a different last name, or traveling without both natural parents of the child, you will require documentation proving your right to travel with children. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country and visit the immigration site of the country you are traveling to for the requirements. Kids Sea Camp Reservation Office and staff will not assume responsibility for passengers not having the correct documentation.
Roatan is more than just diving
Please note: All these activities are add-ons to your KSC week. Most of the excursions will take a half-day to and from the resort.
HORSEBACK RIDING: Meander on horseback along the slopes of Bonacca Ridge, feasting your eyes on panoramic vistas, then walk down to the beach and gallop along the coastline. You’ll amble through a tropical rainforest atop a well-trained, gentle steed and pass by our vegetable farm project. The ride is ideal for a first-time rider, mature riders looking to get back in the saddle, but regardless of your experience, you’ve never seen scenery like this on horseback!
MASSAGES & SPA: The finishing touch to a perfect day lounging, touring or diving is enjoying one of our spa services. Imagine a soothing massage on the beach under the shade of a palm tree with the Caribbean Sea gently lapping to shore. You can arrange a service at the front desk.
AROUND THE ISLAND ACTIVITIES
CANOPY TOURS: Looking for a little excitement? How about soaring above the treetops discovering the natural wonders of Roatan. This fascinating trip on the canopy rainforest offers the opportunity to see the natural flora and wildlife that exist on the island. You’ll have the opportunity to ride above the trees experiencing a unique ecological adventure.
LITTLE FRENCH KEY: Little French Key is a private Island Resort with various fun activities for day visitors only, and includes horseback swimming (yes, swimming), several white sand beaches, numerous bars (including a swim-up bar in the clear Caribbean Sea), three restaurants (two on the water and one on the white sand beach) two Jump platform for your enjoyment; all created with utmost respect for the environment and the wildlife that is part of this amazing place.
GUMBALIMBA PARK: Located in West Bay, this beachfront park offers not only the water activities and leisure of the beach and ocean but also diverse attractions in over 20 lush acres. There’s an animal preserve with jump-on-your-shoulders monkeys, free-flying exotic birds, and other native animals, as well as botanical gardens with over 200 colorful plant and tree species, numerous waterfalls and fountains, a picturesque hanging bridge over the fishing pond and a zip line tour.
BLUE HARBOR TROPICAL ARBORETUM: Roatan’s working “Tropical Eden” covering over 160 eco-friendly acres. Here you will find unique and spectacular tropical gardens, seasonal fruit and nut orchards, and the only tropical botanical “Conservatory” on Roatan as well as a 12 ft. waterfall into the Caribbean. This is also a working farm where you’ll see over 70,000 heads of lettuce and assorted herbs being grown using modern hydroponics.
"CARAMBOLA" BOTANICAL GARDENS: The 100 percent natural 40 acres of these gardens and their many jungle trails offer a perfect place for hiking, wildlife and scenic photography, eco-tours, bird watching, nature studies, and of course, relaxation. So “take a walk on the wild side” and watch playful Monkey La Las as you enjoy flowering plants, orchids, medicinal plants, exotic species, fruit and nut trees, including the popular “Chocolate Tree” and the world famous Honduras mahogany tree.
SHOPPING TOUR: Visit the West End and Coxen Hole souvenir shops and during cruise ship season visit the terminals’ plazas, where you’ll also find local artisans and duty-free stores.
WEST SIDE: Visit the island’s tourist area and wander through the well-known West Bay Beach or just go bar hopping through the island’s iconic West End village. West Bay Beach has been named one of the Best Beaches of the World, and this is where all-inclusive resorts, rental condos, and beach bars line a stunning white sand beach. Great snorkeling or just enjoy the beach.