Roatan on the Wild Side

Roatan West End & East End Wildlife Day Trip with Iguana Farm
Price: $67.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? The cruise ship pier, or an approximately 15-minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and tennis or walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also recommended.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk over paved, as well as uneven, packed dirt surfaces, some of which are at an incline. Children of all ages are welcome on this tour. Infants (ages 3 and younger) may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking.

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 shore 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.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  56 ReviewsReview This Tour
Best Time Ever
January 11, 2022
My husband and I enjoyed ourselves so much. The guides were friendly and informative. Everyone used safety measures related to covid safety guidelines. I love that we got to have hands on with all the animals. I felt safe at all times. We got back to the ship pier in plenty of time. All in all it was absolutely perfect!
Reviewer: Quintella Johnson
5 Stars
December 10, 2021
We travelled with our 3 grown sons (40+) & their wives. We asked them what they wanted to see/do in Roatan - snorkle, beach, catamaran.... "Mom, we want to hold mon-kees and sloths!" OK... so, I booked it, and it DID NOT disappoint! We have great pictures to remember! Staff at the preserve were great with the animals (and our 'kids' - LOL) They held Granny, the sloth, capuchin monkeys, and mischievous Macaws, one who stole the button off their baseball cap. The iguana farm was 'interesting' but a bit like a scene out of a spooky movie - all those lizards...ugh! Our driver was good - patient (!!) as their main road is/was under construction and we spent A LOT OF TIME stuck in traffic, both ways, ... with not the best A/C, and that's why I gave it only 4 stars.
Reviewer: Laura Bahr
4 Stars
Amazing excursion, amazing value!!!
March 04, 2020
My family (4 adults and 1 child who is 4 years old) booked this excursion based on the quality of great reviews as well as price. I'm so glad we did because the experience was fantastic. Booking the excursion, to meeting our transportation in Roatan to the guides at the different destinations...all of it was seamless. Communication via email by Shore Excursions was clear, concise and timely. My daughter had the best time meeting and petting the iguanas, monkeys and birds. Definitely consider this excursion if you're looking to book. I would happily do it again and would use Shore Excursions for all future trips!
Reviewer: Jason Sparkes
5 Stars
March 04, 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed Roatan on the Wild Side. The sloths, monkeys, birds, and iguanas were well cared for. The trip was both fun and educational. Wilson, our guide, was very kind and helpful.
Reviewer: Thomas E. Snyder
5 Stars
Wonderful Land and sea tour
February 26, 2020
This was our second tour in Roatan by Shore Excursions. Our tour guide, Derald Sanchez, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The tour was modified as advertised, and we only traveled to the East end of the island, but very rewarding and exciting experience with the sloths, monkeys, and Iguanas. Highly recommend this fine company !
Reviewer: David Singley
5 Stars
Excellent Tour!
February 24, 2020
Trent did a spectacular job taking us to each stop on this tour and providing great information about Roatan culture and attractions. Thank you!
Reviewer: Jim S
5 Stars