The East End of Roatan Island has so much to offer, from the famous Hole in the Wall restaurant to places where only the locals go, and you'll take it all in on a private Roatan excursion!
Departing from the pier on the South Shore of the island, you will make your way towards the East End. During the approximately 45-minute drive, 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. You may also see the wreck of ships along the coast.
Along the way to your Roatan excursion, you will pass by the fishing town of French Harbour and French Cay before driving up the mountainside. Here, a stop will be made for photos of this jungle island that measures only 35 miles long.
You will then arrive in Oakridge which, along with its neighbor Jonesville, will be two highlights of your tour. Here you will find a traditional Caribbean fishing village, where the buildings are constructed on stilts over the water, and shrimp and lobster fishing boats bob up and down nearby.
Boarding an authentic Cayuco (small motorized rowboat or canoe), your guide will navigate the boat through the mangrove canal dug many years ago to connect the harbors and bays so small boats could commute back and forth without going outside the reef. Your boat is part of the adventure. These are not deluxe boats but the authentic boats used by the locals every day. Today, some of the tunnels are barely wide enough for the small boats to get through, and wildlife can be heard and sometimes seen in the branches above.
An optional stop can be made at the famous Hole in the Wall restaurant near Jonesville, which can only be reached by boat. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the original structure in the early 2000s but it certainly didn't extinguish the restaurant's spirit. Rebuilt with the help of friends, it is once again the place for burgers, fresh seafood, ice-cold beers and amazing BBQ on weekends.
After returning back to the dock in Oakridge, you will re-board your transportation back to the pier, bringing with you many great memories of your Roatan experience.
Reviewer: Kris Grassman
It's nearly an hour's drive over a rough road until you get to the water to begin the ride through the mangrove. The actual boat trip through the mangrove was very cool. Our driver stopped at one point and took our photo from the back of the boat. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the mangrove.