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.
Our driver Darryl (or Darren) was very informative, he catered the tour to us (we were not interested in animals or the ocean-we wanted to see the town). He did not run out of places to take us and did not worry about the time. FYI: Being my first time to Rotan, it was a little scary having to walk out of the port and down a hill with warning signs about leaving the port into a crowd (about 20) of people standing trying to get you into their car (looking for guest who booked with them). I was comfortable once I was able to locate my rep Shawn and had a great time once I was on my way.
Reviewer: gary alpert
We were traveling with a neighbor and booked a tour for 4. Note you have to leave the dock area to pick up the tour, about a 10 minute walk uphill and down. They do however drop you off back at the cruise ship. When we arrived at the departure point the manager had set aside a compact car for our tour. As my neighbor is 6 foot 4 inches and 250 pounds a compact car would have been intolerable. The tour manager got a mini van for us at no extra charge with just a 5 minute delay. The driver was great and took us all over the island stopping for pictures anywhere we wanted. He was knowledgeable about the island and spoke perfect English. He dropped us off at the pier at the end of the tour. We loved this tour and would book this service again.
Reviewer: Hazel Mohan
Excellent. Make sure to request Shawn.
Reviewer: Colette Roy
Good excursion. No walking with this excursion. All inside an air conditioned vehicle. The driver was friendly, his english was very good. Answered all our questions.
Reviewer: Pat Atkinson
Totally enjoyed this tour. The tour was late arriving because of another ship. Shaun stayed with me and kept me updated until the tour driver arrived. Darryl was the tour driver and he was amazing. Wanted to know if there was anywhere special we wanted to go. Was very imformative. Would definitely recommend this tour.