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: Nicole Lochansky
By far, this was the best experience on all of cruise. My husband, kids, and I still talk about how much fun this was. It's not every day you get to hug a sloth. I love reptiles, so seeing all the Iguanas was my little piece of heaven. I will say the first portion with the Monkey/Sloths/Parrots the tour guides were far better than the second half. Our driver, Chris was AWESOME. He told us a lot about the country. Hold on to your seats- after rain season they have some serious potholes and driving is just whole different experience.
Reviewer: Steven Voros
My wife and I booked this tour because we found the comparable excursions offered by our cruise line way too expensive. It turned out to be the best tour we had during our cruising. Kevin, our very friendly and knowledgeable driver, was waiting for us at the entrance and took us first to a farm where we could hold a sloth, monkeys, parrots. Then, we went to an iguana farm where we could feed them and hold a little one in our hands. During the rides, Kevin told us a lot of very interesting information about the island and the history of Honduras. He turned out to be our personal driver for the whole day as we later decided to go for an extra snorkel tour, which was just beautiful. He was waiting for us during each excursion and eventually drove us back to the ship in time. Thank you for this great experience!
Reviewer: john litsheim
Our Guide was excellent! He did however promise to send pictures to my facebook and as of yet I haven't seen them. My name is John Litsheim and I hope he still has the picture on his phone. Thankyou
We met up with a guide and he introduced us to, Sean, our driver for the day. He was very sweet and knowledgeable. He answered all our questions and showed us all around the island. The wild side tour was so fun. Got to hold a sloth, play with monkeys, and get close and personal with parrots. The iguana Farm was beautiful and the owners niece was very sweet and knew so much about iguanas and the marine life.
Reviewer: Jerry Frazier