Dive Sites in Guanaja

  • Mestizo Reef: The life-sized statue of Christopher Columbus at this site was erected in 2006 in honor of the 500-year anniversary of Columbus discovering Guanaja. There's also a statue of Lenca hero Lempira, Spanish canons, vases, and 16th-century relics.
  • Vertigo: The drastic drop off -- from 11m (36 ft.) to almost 48m (157 ft.) -- on this section of the barrier wall is teeming with life. Black and white crinoids can be spotted here, along with deepwater gorgonians, barrel sponges, grouper, and trumpetfish.
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  • Don Enrique Wreck: This classic Guanaja dive centers on a sunken shrimp boat at about 27m (89 ft.) of water, although the mast stands upward to about 15m (49 ft.) below the surface. Lots of colorful fish circle the site, and spotted eagle rays are frequently seen.
  • Jado Trader Wreck: This is one of Guanaja's most visited sites and one of the most talked-about wrecks in the Caribbean. The sunken freighter sits in 33m (108 ft.) of water on a sandy shelf beside a barrier wall. It's a deep descent, even for advanced divers, but the rewards -- morays, grouper, yellowtail, and the occasional hammerhead shark -- are well worth it.
  • Pinnacle: Near the canal, the Pinnacle is a favorite among locals. The site, dominated by black coral, has a range between the sand bottom at 41m (135 ft.) to within 16m (52 ft.) of the surface and is frequently visited by schools of jacks and blue chromis.
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