Mary's Place - Roatan's First Famous dive site
Mary’s Place was named after one adventurous diver's wife. He originally named it Mary's Crack and then decided that sounded kinda bad so changed it to Mary's Place. Mary's Place is one of Roatan’s most spectacular dive sites, famous for its deep. extended crack which was formed by volcanic activity and extends down 100 feet. Beautiful coral overhangs combined with abundant marine life throughout the crack, schools of chubs, creole wrasse, spotted drums, clinging channel crabs, lobster and more. Mary's Place is an Advanced deep dive and requires good buoyancy control. Beginner divers can follow along the top of the crack at the 60 ft. level. Mary’s Place is an underwater peninsula that has fractured into three sections during an earthquake years ago. The shallows are great for snorkeling and provide an large aount of coral heads that go up to the wall’s edge at 40’. From this point, divers can descend and explore the towering channels. Some as deep as 100’, black corals, large fans and gorgonians line the ever decreasing passageways. Mary's Place outer walls falls to around 130 feet in depth.
Mary's Place is one of Roatan's most renowned dive sites and is located in the south side of the island close to the towns of Mt Pleasant and French Harbour. It is by far the most recognizably named dive site in all of Roatan. At one point Mary’s Place experienced such a heavy influx of diver traffic that visitation had to be restricted for a few years in order to relieve pressure on the area and allow the coral to recover.
Multiple colonies of bushy and feather black coral as well as wire coral protrude and decorate the walls as you swim through the crevices at the beginning of the dive. You can find large concentrations of azure vase sponges on the southern tip in addition to large barrel sponges and gorgonians throughout the entire site. Very large bearded fire worms as well as juvenile spotted drum fish are also readily seen. After the passageways, it opens up to a beautiful wall dive searching for the occasional sting ray, turtles, crabs and lobster.