Glass Bottom Boat
Roatan Island is renowned the world over for its lush and vivid marine life. And you'll see it all by glass-bottom boat on this Roatan excursion.
After meeting your driver at the pier area, you will travel approximately 30 minutes to reach your boat on Half Moon Bay on Roatan's West End. As it is situated on the second-largest reef system in the world, Roatan's claim to fame is under the sea off its coast. During your Roatan shore excursion, you will experience the magic and majesty of the reef from the comfort and security of your glass-bottom boat.
The boat is 44 feet long, 12 feet wide, is air conditioned and accommodates 28 passengers. The viewing area can be reached by a narrow staircase leading from the upper deck down into the hull of the boat. Here, metal benches fold down so you can sit and watch the underwater world go by. The windows face out, offering a much larger viewing field than the traditional glass bottoms that only look down.
While keeping comfortable and dry, you will be able to be face-to-face with sea fauna, untouched reef systems, eels, sharks, and a whole host of fish species. It is an unforgettable experience observing, photographing, and simply being one with the underwater ecosystem like never before. Your glass bottom cruise lasts approximately 40 minutes. After the tour, you will have a few minutes to take pictures or purchase a refreshment before you are transferred back to the cruise pier.
Reviewer: Audrey Brade
Or'este our amazing driver took us to the dock, on the way telling us about the culture and history of the beautiful island of Roatan . At the dock we met the knowledgeable folks at Hyde Tours who took us out on the glass bottom boat. The sides are glass so we sat below on benches watching the fascinating world of "under the sea". Beautiful colored fish, coral and underwater plants. We learned so much about the ecosystem of the under water world around the island and the reef, and the efforts of the island people to protect it. Very worth well tour ! Thank you
Reviewer: Zeleena Mohamed
The tour was amazing. The whole trip there was amazing. Our guide took us to a souvenir shop, coffee factory tour, to see monkeys and macaws, and the glass bottom boat was the main event!! You see the entire coral, it’s like snorkeling but without getting wet! Our guide was very knowledgeable with the corals and species of fishes, she gave the guide in English and Spanish to accommodate her guest. I can’t swim so this was perfect for us.
I was surprised to find my daughter and I were the only ones booked on this afternoon tour, and that it was not cancelled. We were taken to a genuine chocolate factory on the way and learned how chocolate was made and given samples. On the boat we saw every variety of fish you can think of, sea turtles, multiple types of corral, and even a 5 ft. moray eel. We chose the glass bottom boat tour over snorkeling because my daughter had a hand injury. This was so much better than snorkeling! You could see everything up close so clearly. We even saw a group of scuba divers. Even though we were the only ones on the boat, there was not a bad seat. Everyone can see out both sides of the glass on left and right. I HIGHLY recommend this tour. Jeffery was our guide on the boat and he was fantastic. I can't remember the guy's name that drove us to the site but he was fantastic also.
Reviewer: Jeune and Larry Nelson
William and Elia were amazing and made this excursion so special. From the glass bottom boat, cocoa factory to a special lunch (my husband had Iguana :-) My Red snapper was great. My husband Larry decided to try the zip line and it was the highlight of our cruise for him. Picture in front of the Roatan sign and a stop high on a hill overlooking our ship for a picture. We loved our guides and all the attention they gave to making it great!
Reviewer: Linda Abel
William, our driver, and Elia, our tour guide, dudn’t Just take us to and from the glass bottom boat. We went to a chocolate shop, several local gift stores, and to the Paradise Bar high atop a hill overlooking the Coxen Hill cruise port where we ate lunch. One in in our group also went zip-lining there. Elia also provided excellent information as we toured the area.