May 2015 will see the third annual Caribbean Cup, a free-diving competition that takes place along the scenic shores of Roatan. Once a recreational activity, free diving has become a competitive sport in which participants vie to determine the maximum depth they can attain from a single breath. The current world records were set at distances of more than 200 feet! The Cup is a fabulous opportunity to come to Roatan and witness the masters as they plunge into clear waters.
Roatan's Caribbean Cup Diving Competition
Every spring, the world's best flock to Roatan to compete for the Caribbean Cup. These competitors include national and world champions from countries in five continents. Thus it's no surprise that commentators and media outlets from around the globe cover the event!
During the two weeks preceding the Cup, professional free divers take over the island and offer training to those interested in trying their hand at joining the likes of William Trubridge, a man who has set 15 world records and is no stranger to Roatan's diving culture. We recommend hooking up with Roatan's resident pro, Walid Boudhiaf, who takes his clients on free-diving excursions all year long.
Chances are if you're just learning about the Cup, however, you're more interested in attending as a spectator. The dive site is a mere three-minute boat ride from the shores of West Bay, where ferries shuttle watchers to a catamaran that can host up to 65 people comfortably at once and serves as the event's live-broadcasting station. Alternatively, you can lay out on the beach and watch the activity from there.
Need somewhere to stay while you attend the Caribbean Cup? Check out our blog for more resources on what to do and what type of accommodations might be right for you and your group.