Explore the Ocean Deep in a Sub Named Idabel.
A One-of-a-Kind Adventure
in a One-of-a-Kind Sub
with a One-of-a-Kind Adventurer.
Six Gill Shark Dive
Adventure on Roatan
Our new six gill shark adventure launches from the tropical
island of Roatan, located off the coast of Honduras.
The six-gill shark is one of the largest but least known
predatory sharks in the world. Six gill sharks, also known
as cow sharks, are rarely seen because they spend most of
their lives patrolling depths of 300 to 6000 feet, swimming
into shallower waters only at night to feed. Six gill sharks
are thought to live to be 80 years old and grow to more
than 18 feet and 800 pounds.
Observing one of these gentle giants from the comfort of Idabel is truly an incredible adventure. Your shark
expedition begins after sunset and takes you 1500 feet down
into darkness where you’ll sit and wait in anticipation.
Typically, after a wait of one to three hours, she’ll arrive,
lured by the bait attached directly to the sub. Ninety percent
of the sharks observed in Roatan are female, a mystery that
Captain Karl and the Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration
are helping to solve.
This dive cannot be done during a full moon (the extra
light keeps them too deep) and participants must be willing
to spend up to a total time of 9 hours inside the sub at
temperatures as low as 50 degrees.
Roatan lies about 40 miles ( 65 kilometers) off the northern
coast of Honduras. The tropical island sits on top of a
coral reef and is known as a diver's paradise. Deep water
close to shore allows Idabel to operate from a dock and
not a support ship. Typical daytime temperatures in Roatan
hover in the mid-80s F and nighttime temperatures are in
the upper 60s F.
Location & Accommodations
Your adventure includes transportation from the airport
in the town of Coxen Hole to and from the Cocolobo Hotel,
in the tourist town of West End. Several major airlines
offer direct flights into Roatan, or you can take a connecting
flight from the mainland. Idabel's dock is located just
a short walk from the hotel.