Overview of Newman's Wall

Newman's Wall

Honduras, Roatan
Caribbean

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Newman's Wall, like the Coco View wall, is another scenery smorgasbord of macro life. From 3 to 30 meters, you can wend your way in and out of the canyon walls, taking in all the views Roatan is famous for.

Directions: A few kilometers East of French Harbour, take the road to Fantasy Island Resort. You can't miss it!


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04/28/2008 James A. Cormier (Avg: 4.67 Review) - I have been all over the world diving accumulating some 5,000 plus dives and I am also a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. I must say truly that Fantasy Island has been the easiest diving I have done anywhere. It is like a live aboard on land. Diving is easy on Newman's or CoCo View walls as you can swim out from their Gazebo which is much easier than from Coco View. The Gazebo drops right off to 40 feet of sandy bottom. At Coco View you have to swim about a 100 yards before you get to around 15 feet or so. The first 5 yards is about 2 -3 feet and sometimes you have to fight a little current. You don't have this problem at Fantasy. Fantasy Island dive shop will take you out on either reef with their little Skiff as part of your shore diving package and will also pick you up at the Gazebo when you are done. If you are good at planning your dives and get back at the time you say, they will come and pick you up so you don't have to walk back the 300 or so yards back to the dive shop. However you leave your tanks at the Gazebo when you are done. They will come and pick them up later. I often go out on the boat dives with an extra tank and the boat will drop me off on Coco View or Newman's wall and I will take a few other divers on a tour back into the resort. I can't say enough about this resort and the diving. I have Stayed at Coco View before and there is no comparison. I just did my 5th time Feb 2008 at Fantasy Island and Christmas before that. February was the best as the water was the clearest I have ever seen in the Lagoon. My buddy and I got 38 dives in 6 days. A vast majority were 40 feet or less as that is where the best color is and we were doing a lot of photography and videography. We could swim along the top of the wreck Prince Albert and see both Coco View and Newman's walls at the same time. Lots of Squid and small creatures. Coral is very healthy. Night diving is also great with lots of Octopus, eels etc. You will definitely not be disappointed. Conquest tours operates the charter now for Fantasy Island as opposed to Noli Tours. Definitely the most reasonable cost for a trip.

09/28/2006 Jason NYC (Avg: 4.02 Review) - Good info provided by others so I'll just add that this site can be done as a shore dive from Fantasy Island or Coco View Resorts. We stayed at CCVR and dove this site almost everyday. It's awesome but I did prefer Coco View Wall a little more. Visibility was always 50-100 feet. The wall is healthy and the shallows on the top probably get less attention than they should. Coco View does this site as a boat drop off in the mornings for the second tank. You just swim along the wall keeping the wall to your left, pass the wreck, and then you are back on shore at CCVR. Very easy and relaxing dive. It takes about 40 minutes from the wall to CCVR swimming at a moderate pace with a few stops along the way to smell the coral roses. Lovely as a night dive too if you feel like swimming all the way out and back. Very rarely had current here. Dramatic wall to 100ft+.

04/27/2005 N.G. (Avg: 4.33 Review) - I love the resort!! Fantasy Island is a wonderful place. I did my check out & certification dives off their gazebo. Easily accessible but not very good visibility (sand). The wrecks were cool, though.

04/11/2004 Miguel Gerov (Avg: 4.45 Review) - The facilities are great, if you like rustic type resort. The dive facilities are excellent, very well organized. Shore diving one of the best.

11/21/2003 Doc Adelman, C.I.D. (Avg: 4.25 Review) - In terms of shore diving, this is easier from Coco View. The shallow top of Newman's is an excellent night dive but plan your route up during the daylight first - avoid it when there's surge. Octopus city! The route to Fantasy Resort is occluded (man-made beach) must follow the aircraft cable. Look for eels in the basin to the NW of FIBR gazebo. Easy from Coco View.


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Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: RO0301
N1621.8869'
W08626.2259'

 

Entrance at Newman's Wall 

Newman's Wall most easily accessed from Fantasy Island Resort.

Entrance

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GPS: RO0302
N1621.8869'
W08626.2259'

 

Entrance at Newman's Wall 

Before taking this short bridge to the island, you will be met by security personnel. It is best to contact the resort before showing up unannounced!

Trail Head

 

 

Trail Head at Newman's Wall 

From the main lodge, you will walk a short, sandy path to get to the entry point.

Entry

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GPS: RO0304
N1621.4683'
W08626.0996'

 

Entry at Newman's Wall 

This is the same gazebo seen in the intro picture, with Coco View Resort off in the distance. Newman's Wall is a 20 meter swim to the right, and the Wreck of the Prince Albert is straight ahead.

Entry

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GPS: RO0305
N1621.4683'
W08626.0996'

 

Entry at Newman's Wall 

Take a giant stride to get off the dock, and take the ladder to get back up. Can you hear the blue, warm water calling your name?!

Last Verification: February, 2003  

 

Diver Averages for  Newman's Wall  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.80
Bottom Conditions:  4.00
Reef Conditions:  4.40
Animal Life:  4.00
Plant Life:  4.00
Facilities:  5.00
Solitude 5.00
Roads:  4.40
*Site Average:  4.34
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.60
Beginner Scuba:  4.40
Intermediate Scuba:  4.80
Advanced Scuba:  4.00
Night diving Scuba:  4.40

Number of reviews for this site: 5

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