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.
This was a great tour. We got to see multiple sloths and monkeys as well as other wildlife. Everyone had an opportunity to hold a sloth and see them up close - they were everywhere. The monkeys climbed and jumped all around you. At the meetup spot for this tour, there was a man walking around with a baby monkey that captured my daughter's attention fast. It is cute but beware that he charges $5 if you want to take a picture with it. There were tons of monkeys on our tour so we didn't fall for that but others might. We also visited an iguana farm, which was very interesting.
Reviewer: linda sorrow
you must do this. it was Amazing. we had the best time.
Reviewer: Michael kinnon Leggett
Guide Camron was the best, he took us to out of the way places and told us about his country.
we had a good time with this excursion. We got to hold the sloths and let the monkeys jump all over us. It was very exciting and neat to be holding a sloth. I felt like it wasn't a long enough time to be holding them but of course everyone has to have a turn. A certain couple from a different cruise line was in our group and they were just horrible and rude. so I think that is why it wasn't the most amazing. I think if they weren't there we would of had a better time. I do say the iguana's were pretty cool. They were everywhere but that is about it. they showed us the water close by and the different fish
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.