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Roatán: Private Customizable Island Exploration Tour

1. Roatán: Private Customizable Island Exploration Tour

Get picked up from the cruise terminal or your hotel and start a sightseeing tour of the island. Explore the local communities for about 1.5 hours and then have free time to shop, take photos, or wander around. Learn about the area's culture and history, meet local people, and see the real Roatán. To maximize your day at the island, you can choose up to 3 additional activities. The following activities can be added on at the checkout: Zipline (45 minutes) - Feel the thrill while zipping, gliding, and doing different flips over stunning 360-degree views of the forest canopy. The zip-line route is composed of 16 lines, 24 platforms, and 3 suspended bridges. Monkey and Sloth Sanctuary (30 minutes) - Visit Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a family-run animal sanctuary and a safe and loving environment for many animals. Learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys and parrots, with a guided tour through the park. Horseback Riding (1 hour) - The ride consists of going up the hilltop to admire spectacular views and to take pictures. Then, ride through the jungle taking in the local fauna, before riding along the beach. You will be given a horse based on your experience and activity level. Glass-bottom Boat (50 minutes) - Sit 6 feet (1.83 m) below the surface with windows on either side of you, so you can admire the marine life of the Caribbean Sea.  Beach Break at West End or West Bay (1 hour) - Have fun in a private beach club for some relaxation and fun on a pristine sandy beach. Beach chairs, bathrooms, a changing room, WI-FI, and a freshwater shower are all included. Snorkeling (1 hour) - board a 15-passenger speed boat for a relaxing cruise around the bay and West End. After enjoying the coastline views, stop for a refreshing swim and take advantage of the snorkeling gear provided. Explore the beauty of Roatán's coral reefs. Swim among sea turtles, squids, schools of fish, and other marine wildlife. Parasailing (1 hour) - Parasail high above the Bay of Honduras and fill your senses with awe from 800 feet (0.24 km), looking down upon magnificent living reefs and flying eye level with jungle-covered mountains. Roatán Botanical Garden (1hour 30 minutes) -  Stroll through a diverse collection of flowering plants, ferns, spices, fruit trees, hardwood trees and orchids. Trails lead up the valley through arid tropical forest to the top of Carambola Mountain, where you can admire the colors of the coral reefs below and see all the way out to the island of Utila. Also, interact with hundreds of domesticated iguanas roaming freely in their protected environment. This haven is also home to monkeys, parrots, lobsters, sea turtles and other marine animals.  Butterfly & Monkey Park (45 minutes): See and learn about some of Honduras' most colorful butterflies, including varieties such as the common owl, zebra, helicopter, firecracker, Julia's, sunset longwing, monarch, and queen. Join the guided tour or explore the park on your own. There is a chance to see sloths and monkeys too.

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Roatán: Land and Sea Small-Group Tour and Snorkeling Cruise

2. Roatán: Land and Sea Small-Group Tour and Snorkeling Cruise

Start this family-friendly tour across land and water with pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Get chatting to your professional, bilingual, English and Spanish-speaking guide en route to your first stop. Explore the local community and have free time to shop, learn about area's culture and history, meet local people, and see the real Roatán. You will also visit some must-see touristic hotspots on the Island. Climb to a hilltop for spectacular views and photos opportunities. After the land-based part of your tour, head to West Bay Beach and board a 15-passenger speed boat for a relaxing cruise around the bay and West End. After enjoying the coastline views, stop for a refreshing swim and take advantage of the snorkeling gear provided. Explore the beauty of Roatán's coral reefs. Swim among sea turtles, squids, schools of fish, and other marine wildlife.

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Roatán: Zip-line, Snorkel and Daniel Johnson Sanctuary Tour

3. Roatán: Zip-line, Snorkel and Daniel Johnson Sanctuary Tour

After being picked up at the cruise ship terminal or your hotel, travel in an air-conditioned bus through Roatán. Start the day with a zip-lining adventure. Feel the thrill while zipping, gliding, and doing different flips whilst admiring panoramic 360-degree views of the forest canopy. The zip line route is composed of 16 lines, 24 platforms, and 3 suspended bridges. Next, visit Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a small, family-run animal sanctuary and a safe and loving environment for many animals. Learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws and parrots, with a guided tour through the park. Then,  head to West Bay Beach to board a 15-passenger speed boat for a relaxing cruise around the bay and West End. Enjoy the coastline views, stop for a refreshing swim and take advantage of the snorkeling gear provided. Swim among sea turtles, squids, schools of fish, and other marine wildlife. Explore the world’s second-largest reef, part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which runs from Belize to the Bay Islands of Honduras.

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Roatán: Sloth and Monkey Sanctuary & Chocolate Tasting Tour

4. Roatán: Sloth and Monkey Sanctuary & Chocolate Tasting Tour

Visit a monkey and sloth sanctuary to interact with Roatán’s native wildlife and taste delicious chocolate samples during a tour through a Mayan chocolate factory. After being picked up at the cruise ship terminal or at your hotel, head to your first stop which is AJ's Monkeys & Sloth Hangout. Enjoy a day of wildlife interaction with monkeys, sloths, parrots, also will learn about the sloths. This eco-park and animal sanctuary is located in the picturesque community of French Key.  Continue onward to discover the natural beauty of Roatán as you stop on hilltops for photos opportunities. Listen as your guide tells you about Roatán’s history and the local culture.  Next, enjoy a delicious tasting experience at the "Mayak" chocolate factory.  Learn about the Mayan culture and the cacao processing that produces chocolate. Taste different chocolate samples and buy some tasteful souvenirs to bring back home.  Afterward, pay a visit to the local craft market where you will learn about recycling methods on the island. At the end of the tour, you will have free time to walk around the town for shopping, to meet the locals, and for more photo-taking.

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Roatán: Snorkel and Daniel Johnson Sanctuary Tour

5. Roatán: Snorkel and Daniel Johnson Sanctuary Tour

Start this family-friendly tour across land and water with a pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Talk to your professional, bilingual, English, and Spanish-speaking guide on the way to your first stop. Visit Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a small, family-run animal sanctuary and a safe and loving environment for many animals. Interact with and learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and parrots, with a guided tour through the park. After the land-based part of your tour, head to West Bay Beach. Board a 15-passenger speed boat for a relaxing cruise around the bay and West End. Enjoy the coastline views and stop for a refreshing swim and take advantage of the snorkeling gear provided. Explore the beauty of Roatán's coral reefs. Swim among sea turtles, squids, schools of fish, and other marine wildlife. Finish your day with a break at the West End Buccaneer, a private beach club. Relax and have fun on a pristine sandy beach with beach chairs, bathrooms, a changing room, free WI-FI, and a freshwater shower are all included.

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Roatán: ATV, Zip Line, Wildlife Sanctuary and Beach Club

6. Roatán: ATV, Zip Line, Wildlife Sanctuary and Beach Club

Start your adventure with the zip line route which is composed of 16 lines, 24 platforms, and 3 suspended bridges. Feel the thrill while zipping, gliding, and doing different flips over stunning panoramic 360-degree views of the forest canopy.  Next, visit the Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a small, family-run animal sanctuary and safe and loving environment for many animals. Learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and parrots, on your guided tour through the park. Continue with an off-road adrenaline rush on your personal 4x4 ATV. Explore local communities, hilltop views, and more as you drive around the island. Visit the chocolate and rum factory for a tour of the facility and free samples. Finish your day with a break at the West End Buccaneer, a private beach club, for some relaxation and fun on this pristine, sandy beach.

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Roatán: Private Horseback Riding Tour

7. Roatán: Private Horseback Riding Tour

Embark on an adventure through one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands, Roatán, on a private horseback riding tour.  Get picked up from the cruise terminal or your hotel and drive to the ranch. There, receive a brief introduction on how to control and steer your horse. You will be given a horse based on your experience and activity level.  The ride consists of going up the hilltop to admire spectacular views and to take pictures. Then, ride through the jungle taking in the local fauna, before riding along the beach. Finally head back to the ranch, and later return to the cruise ship terminal or your hotel.

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Roatán: Glass Bottom Boat, Sloth Sanctuary, & Chocolate Tour

8. Roatán: Glass Bottom Boat, Sloth Sanctuary, & Chocolate Tour

Explore Roatán's colorful underwater world aboard a glass-bottom boat. Discover the islands further by taking a chocolate and rum factory tour and visiting a monkey and a sloths animal sanctuary and learn about these adorable animals. After being picked up at the cruise ship terminal or at your hotel, embark on a boat ride along Roatán's dramatic coastline to see the world's second-largest reef. Be amazed. by its colorful coral, fishes, and its marine underwater wildlife. You will be underwater in an air-conditioned, submarine-like setting, six feet below the surface of the clear crystal water with glass windows on both sides. Observe sea turtles, squids, schools of fish, and other marine wildlife. Later, enjoy free time to walk around the town for shopping, to meet the locals, and for more photo opportunities. Next, visit a chocolate and rum factory for a tour of the facility. Try free samples of homemade chocolate and mixed rum and rum cake pastries made on the island. Conclude your adventure with a visit to Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a small, family-run animal sanctuary and a safe and loving environment for many animals. Interact with and learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and parrots, with a guided tour through the park. In the end, if the mood strikes and time allows, you can head over to West Bay Tabyana Beach Club for some beach time. Here you can grab some food and drinks (not included) as you overlook the beautiful ocean waters.

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Roatan: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Shore Excursion

9. Roatan: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Head off on a tour of the sites of Roatan and learn about the island’s history. Visit Coxen Hole, the capital city, and drive to French Harbor, the largest fishing town on Roatan and the location of some of the best seafood restaurants. Your tour guide is Henry Bennett, owner of Roatan Henry Tours, who is a native of Roatan, Honduras. He is a supporter of education on Roatan and donates 5 per cent from the price of each tour to help with school supplies. If you’re interested, you can stop by a school during the tour. One of the most interesting sites on the east side of the island is the Iguana Farm. It’s home to at least 3,000 iguanas, as well as monkeys, tarpon fish, turtles, lobsters, conch, and a lot more marine life (entrance fee of USD 8.00 not included). As the ride continues, you’ll make a stop in the middle of the island, where you’ll take in views of both sides of the island at the same time. Take a drive through Garifuna town to see local life and hear about the traditions and culture. Next, you’ll head to Oak Ridge and enjoy a boat ride through the village, which is built over the water. Your guide will be with you for the entire day. If you’d like to stop at a beach or take some time to shop, just let him know. The price of this tour is USD 60.00 per person, with USD 35.00 payable when booking and USD 25.00 payable on site when you take the sightseeing boat tour.

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Roatán: Private Monkey and Sloth Sanctuary Tour

10. Roatán: Private Monkey and Sloth Sanctuary Tour

Start your half-day tour with pickup from your cruise ship terminal or your accommodation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Then, make your way to the first of two animal sanctuaries with your professional, bilingual guide. Visit Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a small, family-run animal sanctuary and a safe and loving environment for many animals. You will get to interact with and learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and parrots, with a guided tour through the park. Then, head to The Arch’s Iguana & Marine Park, one of the oldest animal sanctuaries on the island of Roatan. Established back in 1980 to protect iguanas, it is now home to over 4,000 iguanas, including the black spiny-tailed iguana that is native to Central America. After all the animal love, finish off with a beach break. Rest or make use of the facilities such as beach chairs, freshwater, WiFi, and showers before returning to your cruise ship or hotel.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 52 reviews

The zip line was fantastic. We had the advantage that we were two. I found it quite exciting, but you are being guided so well and professionally that I was quickly reassured. Then I really enjoyed it. There are 11 in total. The eco walk was fine but I expected that I would also see animals. That is not the case. It's about the plants and what you can do with them. You walk across a number of suspension bridges through the jungle. Then you go to a nice and cozy beach. There are beds reserved for you. We really enjoyed it there and were pleasantly surprised. All in all a very successful day.

Ron- our tour guide was able to give us a local point of view and show us all that Roatan has to offer! We were able to see all the popular sites as well as a few off the beaten path that only a local could show. Looking forward to visiting again and hopefully get you reunite with our tour guide Ron!

This was an excellent adventure! Sherna was fun and knowledgeable on our tour and Gustavo took us to some excellent snorkeling locations as well as a tour of the island by sea! We highly recommend this company.

Was a very good trip. Especially the Ecowalk is highly recommended! Which was just a bit of a hassle that every employee wanted a tip and this was always said.

We had a great driver in Harly. The zip line was really fun. Harly drove us to another beach after we didn't like the first one.