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: Robin Dusza
Did not expect the hands on fun we had with the monkeys, birds and sloth. Too awesome to hold Sid the sloth. Despite a very hot day, was worth see the animals instead of a water adventure. Finding tour guide was a bit tricky.
Reviewer: Lynn Everitt
This was a wonderful experience! We got to hold a sloth, get in the enclosure with the capuchin monkeys, who jumped from head to head! Also up close and personal with tropical birds. The iguana farm was interesting, and the fish were jumping for food at the dock, delighting the young kids. Harley was an excellent driver/guide. Definitely a must do!
Our tour was great! Shem Yates was our guide and he was awesome! The monkey's were all named after Jersey Shore characters which we thought was funny considering we are from New Jersey. The iguana rescue was interesting too. Make sure you walk down to the water there and see the fish. After we were done with our tour we asked if there was anywhere to go zip lining and Shem helped us out we had a great day. It was something we will remember forever.
Reviewer: Anita R.
Shorn R. was an amazing tour guide!! He answered all our questions and was very kind! He deserves a huge raise!! Thank you Shorn for making our time in your country so memorable!!!!!
Reviewer: Kimberly Quinn
This excursion was so much fun! After having to coerce my family to even participate, everyone loved it! The highlight was getting to hold a sloth. We also got to get inside the capuchin monkey enclosure as well as the bird enclosures. After leaving the monkey and sloth sanctuary, we visited the iguana sanctuary. That was also fun! We held a baby iguana and also got to feed the iguanas. Our guide took us to a scenic overlook after the sanctuaries, and we got to see how beautiful Roatan really is. This excursion was definitely the highlight of our trip.