The sinking of the 300-foot Odyssey off of the north coast of Roatan, the Bay Islands, Honduras, has enthralled dive enthusiasts. It is being hailed as one of the Caribbeanå‘s largest shipwrecks.
The owners of Anthony’s Key Resort, in collaboration with other dive schools, coordinated the sinking. It provides visitors to the island numerous dive opportunities to fully view the multi level ship, which measures 85 feet from keel to mast and 300 feet from bow to stern.
The wreck is 12 minutes boat ride east from Anthony’s Key Resort. It rests on a sandy flat in112 feet of water. Divers can follow the mast and descend to the top of the bow at 70 feet. From there, there is the chance to explore bulwarks or cargo hole level at 80 feet, the bow at 105 feet and the stern at 112 feet.
“The enormity of the Odyssey is overwhelming,” says Samir Galindo, AKR’s General Manager. “There is ample opportunity to return to the ship again and again and still not manage to see it all. Better still, up to three dive boats can dive the site at the same time without divers ever getting into each others paths,” In addition the wreck’s size allows divers of all levels of experience to explore and enjoy.
The new ship is the second wreck in five years to be submerged by Roatan dive operators and compliments a full itinerary of 35 different sites frequented by the AKR dive boats. The 200-foot Aguila, sunk in 1997, is only two minutes boat trip from the resort.
Complete 7-day dive packages to AKR start from US$599 per person, double occupancy in 2003. Wreck dive certification is recommended for divers wishing to penetrate the vessel. A PADI program is available.
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