Roatan on the Wild Side
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, sloths 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: Stormie Sims
Harley Rich our tour guide helped make this the most memorable excursion of our trip. He went above and beyond our expectations. He drove us through the island to the activities, we found the animal sanctuary to be in top condition. I felt the animals were cared for and valued by the employees. We got a ton of amazing photos holding the Sloth. Harley Rich our tour guide went the extra mile and showed us some amazing views on the island as well as some great local shops that are not near the port. He had a lot of facts about the island and the sights. We made us laugh and feel at ease. If we visit Roatan again, I hope we can book with Mr. Rich! Our honeymoon cruise has been amazing.
Reviewer: Glenn Joseph Schmitt
This place is awesome! Literally hundreds and hundreds of lizards, big and small, roaming around on this compound. The owner is very friendly and welcoming! A very fun site to see.
Reviewer: Joanna Hung
This excursion was an interesting experience. We got to carry a sloth, feeding monkeys and being in their cage was interesting. At first you are nervous but they are harmless. The best part is that my 4 yr old son was not afraid and had a blast! We also got to go in the cages of the parrots. The tour guide was really friendly and accommodating to young children. He let us take as many pictures and videos as we wanted before moving on. The iguana farm is another location. It was so nice to be able to see all of them roaming free! and also we got to hold a baby and take pictures with them! Our tour guide in the car was excellent. He was very informative and friendly. He even took us to a scentic spot to stop and take pictures for us. We definitely recommend this tour for anyone who loves to be in contact with animals.
Very unique. The baby monkeys were adorable! Wish we could have played with monkeys longer. It was fun holding the sloth! The host was very kind and super knowledgeable! We learned a lot and had a lot of fun! The driver was personable, kind, knowledgeable on the tour of island and willing to take us to more stops if wanted. Would definitely recommend!
Reviewer: Sandra Diaz
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip, and the guides are very pleasant and helpful with my husband and his wheelchair. The iguana farm is amazing, and the monkeys and sloths at the sanctuary were amazing. Book this trip early. It’s not available through the cruise line, and you don’t want to miss it!!!