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  |  60 ReviewsReview This Tour
Wild Life
August 03, 2022
Animals were enjoyed although a bit sad they were caged. The walk to get to departure was long, but return was fine.
Reviewer: Suzanne Howland
4 Stars
Monkeys, Sloths & Iguanas Up Close
July 17, 2022
Five on my family members went on this excursion. There were only two other travelers and the driver/guide, Kislin. We started our excursion at Daniel Johnson’s Monkey & Sloth Hangout, where a cage full of Capuchin Monkeys was large enough for people to enter so the monkeys could climb all over them. My son's girlfriend went into the cage. My daughter held a Roatán Sloth in her arms. The Roatán Sloth must have like being held because she smiled the whole time. When we told Kislin that we all were hungry, he immediately revised the itinerary and drove us a short distance to Christopher Tours Palapa Restaurant & Bar. We enjoyed a traditional Honduran luncheon of cheeseburgers, French fries, and Barena beer. After lunch, we went to Arch’s Iguana Reserve & Marine Park. We walked among hundreds of big and small iguanas. Except for some confusion and delay entering Daniel Johnson’s Monkey & Sloth Hangout, the excursion was well organized and enjoyable.
Reviewer: John Rosenbaum
4 Stars
Roatan on the wild side
May 13, 2022
we enjoyed our excursion very much, our daughter and grand daughter loved it, everyone did a great job on the tour.
Reviewer: Roy Taylor
5 Stars
WOW! What a day
March 31, 2022
An AMAZING excursion, we got to see and do a lot on this one, got to see and talk to our guide about the island and we visited the chocolate factory where they hand make the chocolate right there, visited the iguana farm, and play with monkeys, birds and sloths. And then to the beach...amazing!
Reviewer: Sabrina Walker
5 Stars
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