Roatan Island Tour
Roatan Island has so much to offer, including the incredible history of the Garifuna. This Roatan excursion will take you back in time and back to the future!
Departing from the pier on the South Shore of the island in your small group, you will first make your way towards the island's East End. Along the way you will hear of the island's colorful history, which includes Indians, slaves, invaders, pirates, buried gold, and a charming blend of cultures, people and languages. The main languages are Spanish, English, and Garifuna, which holds on to its African roots. You will pass through several of the small villages that dot the island including Barrio Los Fuertes and French Harbour, the second-largest town on the island. You may also see the wreck of ships along the coast. A stop will be made at one of the highest points on the eastern end of the island for stunning views over the hills covered with lush vegetation and the sea with its many shades of blue.
During this Roatan excursion, you will also visit the island's West End (most large group tours do not visit both the East and West End) where you will drive through several of the small communities such as Sandy Bay. Continue on to the West End, the tourist side of the island, with scuba diving centers, hotels, resorts, restaurants, beach clubs and tourist shops. Here, you will have a few minutes of free time to walk down to the water's edge, explore the tiny streets, or purchase a beverage.
Returning to the pier area, you will have the opportunity to take photos of the South Shore during a photo stop at a dramatic lookout. You will pass through several more small communities before arriving at the cruise pier in Coxen Hole, the capital of Roatan. A stop will also be made at the Mahogany Bay cruise terminal located outside of Coxen Hole.
Reviewer: Marty Doctor
Everything went as planed with excellent directions on where to meet the tour and it left on time. Tour was good but the van was a little loud and our tour guide/driver had no intercom system in the van. We sat in back and could hardly hear him. The people up front certainly got more out of it than we did. It would have been much better if his van had an amplifier/intercom system.
We really enjoyed this tour. It was nice to drive around the island and explore. We stopped at a place for lunch and the food was delicious. Our guide was very helpful and kind, he took us to a great area for shopping. I would totally recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Judy Peterson
Very good directions on finding "Creg" outside of the cruise terminal. He sat us down in the shade and our wonderful driver Samuel brought the air-conditioned car around. Samuel offered many ideas on what to do for our three to four hour private tour of the beautiful island. Our first stop was the monkey and sloth preserve (charge of $10.00 person) which was well worth it. He waited for us while we got to explore for around 45 min. with a private guided tour, where we got to hold the animals and take lots of photos. We then continued to drive around the island as Samuel explained history, etc. We stopped at a local chocolate factory also. It was totally our choice of activities. There were only two of us in a private car. We would highly recommend Samuel as a driver. A great time was had.
Reviewer: Sharon Brewka
Tour was amazing. Shawn was very knowledgeable about the area and was willing to stop and let us try some of the island food and beverages. Need to be able to walk a ways to get to the tour area.
Reviewer: Linda Lane
Excellent tour. Shaun was a very good guide. He knew a lot about the island and was always able to answer any questions I had. I would recommend the tour highly.