The best dive sites are not around West Bay, Too Bad, So Sad, You will however get to some very good dives sites , Most shops have a secret dive or two, but that is reserved for special occasions. How many dives do you have logged? Any dive here may be the best you have ever done , I mean your previous posts are about Barbados, St. John , Curacao, dominica and Jamaica, NONE of those can compare to even mediocre Roatan Diving
Let's start with the premise that there are no bad dive sites around Roatan. To answer your question it's necessary to know what you want to see in a dive site. Personally I like dense coral and coral formations. Not all that interested in big critters or walls, but if they happen, so much the better. So I find more of what I like along Sandy Bay and generally east of West End. The sites off West Bay are a little unchallenging for me, but these tend to have lovely shallows. Around the point along the south side where the currents are much stronger, the soft coral thrives and grow huge. A few wrecks scattered here and there. And a few sites have caves lit from above with sunlight. I can barely begin to see most of my favorites in six days.
Rather than name all the hundred or so of my favorite sites and try to steer you to the "best" dive shop, better for you perhaps to try the shop where you are staying. I have to warn you that your question has opened the door to having everyone chime in trying to steer you to the shop they last dived with, as though only that one is best. They're all good, some are just more convenient for you. Then it's just a matter of trying a few sites yourself to see where you should request to go, if you have any choice in the matter. Most shops will certainly try to give you a variety of sites over the course of a week, sampling south side, West Bay, West End and Sandy Bay. It's not unusual during a busy morning to find "your" mooring occupied when you arrive, and you end up some place even better.Edited: 6:54 pm, April 01, 2018
""I have to warn you that your question has opened the door to having everyone chime in trying to steer you to the shop they last dived with, """
Uhm?? NO!, Shop I last dived with was about 12 years ago out of west end, I will not steer them anywhere, For me, the BEST Dive is the area I can walk down my steps and get into the sea BUT, that is not an option for most
Here's a list that you can check out. Die hard divers will travel from West Bay to West End if there's a dive shop they really like. Each one has a different vibe and provides different experiences. Read some of the reviews, check out their websites, write to a few that have caught your eye and see where it takes you.
I'm sure all the dive shops will take you to places that are the "best dive sites."
Dive shop is friendly, well organized, provides servicein store and to the dive trips which will be appreciated, boats are clean well provided with staff and dive masters. Enjoyable and educating during the dives. D M S are very helpful , friendly and fun the way D M S should be.
Well appreciated by our group of about 20 divers.