Roatan on the Wild Side
Departing from the pier on the South Shore of the island for your Roatan Wildlife Tour, you will first make your way towards the 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. You may also see the wreck of ships along the coast on this Roatan excursion.
Your first stop is the Iguana Farm. The spiny-tailed iguana has long been the main ingredient in iguana stew, a local specialty. In 2004, the lizard was added to the endangered species list, but unfortunately can still be found on local menus.
Luckily, more than 2,700 iguanas have made their way to the Iguana Farm where they are free to roam without fear of becoming an entree. Although wild, iguanas are very docile and allow visitors to get up close to touch them and for photos. The farm is also home to a small marine park, toucans and other local animals.
You will then drive to the West End of the island where you will have the opportunity to see parrots, coati (also known as the Brazilian aardvark), island rabbits, deer, raccoons, and more.
The highlight of this Roatan excursion stop is a fun animal interaction with the white-faced capuchin and black spider monkeys that reside here. You will get to hold, interact with, and pose for numerous photos with your new friends. Be forewarned, they are friendly, curious, and unpredictable.
Continue on along 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 some free time on your own to walk along the white-sand beach, explore the tiny shops, or perhaps purchase some of the local cuisine or rum.
Returning to the pier area, you will have the opportunity to take photos and video of the South Shore from a dramatic lookout. You will pass through several more small communities before arriving in Coxen Hole, the capital of Roatan. From here you will be returned to the pier.
Reviewer: Timothy Miller
Our guide/driver was great! Very nice and helpful. We got to do everything and had a wonderful time with our kids.
Reviewer: Melissa Gorsuch
We had a blast visiting with iguanas, birds, monkeys and sloths. We have four kids, ages range from 10-16, and they LOVED this excursion! We will be talking about it for years to come. It was the highlight of our 7-day cruise trip!
Had an awesome time, even got to hold a Sloth which was really cool. I recommend this one
Reviewer: Kay M.
So much fun for the entire family! Our family ages were from 22 months to 74 years. Everyone enjoyed feeding the lizards, holding a sloth, and having a monkey on their head! Highly recommend!
We visited I need wanna sanctuary where you can feed them and see how harmless they are, We got to get inside the monkey cage and the mccaul cage and have these beautiful animals climb one us if we wanted to but the best part I do have to admit was we got to carry a sloth and film it all! Of course we learned a lot about the animals and got to do a little shopping as well as site seen but the animal encounters where of nothing ever experienced in the U.S!