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Roatán: Zip-line, Snorkel and Daniel Johnson Sanctuary Tour

1. Roatán: Zip-line, Snorkel and Daniel Johnson Sanctuary Tour

After being picked up at the cruise ship terminal or your hotel, travel in an air-conditioned bus through Roatán. Start the day with a zip-lining adventure. Feel the thrill while zipping, gliding, and doing different flips whilst admiring panoramic 360-degree views of the forest canopy. The zip line route is composed of 16 lines, 24 platforms, and 3 suspended bridges. Next, visit Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a small, family-run animal sanctuary and a safe and loving environment for many animals. Learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws and parrots, with a guided tour through the park. Then,  head to West Bay Beach to board a 15-passenger speed boat for a relaxing cruise around the bay and West End. Enjoy the coastline views, stop for a refreshing swim and take advantage of the snorkeling gear provided. Swim among sea turtles, squids, schools of fish, and other marine wildlife. Explore the world’s second-largest reef, part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which runs from Belize to the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Roatán: Private Horseback Riding Tour

2. Roatán: Private Horseback Riding Tour

Embark on an adventure through one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands, Roatán, on a private horseback riding tour.  Get picked up from the cruise terminal or your hotel and drive to the ranch. There, receive a brief introduction on how to control and steer your horse. You will be given a horse based on your experience and activity level.  The ride consists of going up the hilltop to admire spectacular views and to take pictures. Then, ride through the jungle taking in the local fauna, before riding along the beach. Finally head back to the ranch, and later return to the cruise ship terminal or your hotel.

Roatán: Private Customizable Island Exploration Tour

3. Roatán: Private Customizable Island Exploration Tour

Get picked up from the cruise terminal or your hotel and start a sightseeing tour of the island. Explore the local communities for about 1.5 hours and then have free time to shop, take photos, or wander around. Learn about the area's culture and history, meet local people, and see the real Roatán. To maximize your day at the island, you can choose up to 3 additional activities. The following activities can be added on at the checkout: Zipline (45 minutes) - Feel the thrill while zipping, gliding, and doing different flips over stunning 360-degree views of the forest canopy. The zip-line route is composed of 16 lines, 24 platforms, and 3 suspended bridges. Monkey and Sloth Sanctuary (30 minutes) - Visit Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a family-run animal sanctuary and a safe and loving environment for many animals. Learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys and parrots, with a guided tour through the park. Horseback Riding (1 hour) - The ride consists of going up the hilltop to admire spectacular views and to take pictures. Then, ride through the jungle taking in the local fauna, before riding along the beach. You will be given a horse based on your experience and activity level. Glass-bottom Boat (50 minutes) - Sit 6 feet (1.83 m) below the surface with windows on either side of you, so you can admire the marine life of the Caribbean Sea.  Beach Break at West End or West Bay (1 hour) - Have fun in a private beach club for some relaxation and fun on a pristine sandy beach. Beach chairs, bathrooms, a changing room, WI-FI, and a freshwater shower are all included. Snorkeling (1 hour) - board a 15-passenger speed boat for a relaxing cruise around the bay and West End. After enjoying the coastline views, stop for a refreshing swim and take advantage of the snorkeling gear provided. Explore the beauty of Roatán's coral reefs. Swim among sea turtles, squids, schools of fish, and other marine wildlife. Parasailing (1 hour) - Parasail high above the Bay of Honduras and fill your senses with awe from 800 feet (0.24 km), looking down upon magnificent living reefs and flying eye level with jungle-covered mountains. Roatán Botanical Garden (1hour 30 minutes) -  Stroll through a diverse collection of flowering plants, ferns, spices, fruit trees, hardwood trees and orchids. Trails lead up the valley through arid tropical forest to the top of Carambola Mountain, where you can admire the colors of the coral reefs below and see all the way out to the island of Utila. Also, interact with hundreds of domesticated iguanas roaming freely in their protected environment. This haven is also home to monkeys, parrots, lobsters, sea turtles and other marine animals.  Butterfly & Monkey Park (45 minutes): See and learn about some of Honduras' most colorful butterflies, including varieties such as the common owl, zebra, helicopter, firecracker, Julia's, sunset longwing, monarch, and queen. Join the guided tour or explore the park on your own. There is a chance to see sloths and monkeys too.

Roatan: Mangrove Tunnel Tour with Snorkeling

4. Roatan: Mangrove Tunnel Tour with Snorkeling

Your day begins with a visit to a local wildlife park where you will be able to interact with monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds whilst learning about Honduran wildlife. Next up, you will make your way to the east end of the island where you will be able to stop for photos overlooking the tropical jungle from the hilltops on your scenic drive to Jonesville. Once there, you will embark on a tour through the mangrove tunnels with your guide. This scenic water tour will lead you to a swimming hole where you will be able to snorkel around the mangroves and also enjoy a swimming break. There are also inshore reefs for your to enjoy reef snorkeling as well. You will also later enjoy a sightseeing tour on the water where you will see how the locals live and commute on the water from one bay to the other.

Roatán: Sloth and Monkey Sanctuary & Chocolate Tasting Tour

5. Roatán: Sloth and Monkey Sanctuary & Chocolate Tasting Tour

Visit a monkey and sloth sanctuary to interact with Roatán’s native wildlife and taste delicious chocolate samples during a tour through a Mayan chocolate factory. After being picked up at the cruise ship terminal or at your hotel, head to your first stop which is AJ's Monkeys & Sloth Hangout. Enjoy a day of wildlife interaction with monkeys, sloths, parrots, also will learn about the sloths. This eco-park and animal sanctuary is located in the picturesque community of French Key.  Continue onward to discover the natural beauty of Roatán as you stop on hilltops for photos opportunities. Listen as your guide tells you about Roatán’s history and the local culture.  Next, enjoy a delicious tasting experience at the "Mayak" chocolate factory.  Learn about the Mayan culture and the cacao processing that produces chocolate. Taste different chocolate samples and buy some tasteful souvenirs to bring back home.  Afterward, pay a visit to the local craft market where you will learn about recycling methods on the island. At the end of the tour, you will have free time to walk around the town for shopping, to meet the locals, and for more photo-taking.

Roatán: Land and Sea Small-Group Tour and Snorkeling Cruise

6. Roatán: Land and Sea Small-Group Tour and Snorkeling Cruise

Start this family-friendly tour across land and water with pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Get chatting to your professional, bilingual, English and Spanish-speaking guide en route to your first stop. Explore the local community and have free time to shop, learn about area's culture and history, meet local people, and see the real Roatán. You will also visit some must-see touristic hotspots on the Island. Climb to a hilltop for spectacular views and photos opportunities. After the land-based part of your tour, head to West Bay Beach and board a 15-passenger speed boat for a relaxing cruise around the bay and West End. After enjoying the coastline views, stop for a refreshing swim and take advantage of the snorkeling gear provided. Explore the beauty of Roatán's coral reefs. Swim among sea turtles, squids, schools of fish, and other marine wildlife.

Roatán: Snorkel and Daniel Johnson Sanctuary Tour

7. Roatán: Snorkel and Daniel Johnson Sanctuary Tour

Start this family-friendly tour across land and water with a pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Talk to your professional, bilingual, English, and Spanish-speaking guide on the way to your first stop. Visit Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a small, family-run animal sanctuary and a safe and loving environment for many animals. Interact with and learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and parrots, with a guided tour through the park. After the land-based part of your tour, head to West Bay Beach. Board a 15-passenger speed boat for a relaxing cruise around the bay and West End. Enjoy the coastline views and stop for a refreshing swim and take advantage of the snorkeling gear provided. Explore the beauty of Roatán's coral reefs. Swim among sea turtles, squids, schools of fish, and other marine wildlife. Finish your day with a break at the West End Buccaneer, a private beach club. Relax and have fun on a pristine sandy beach with beach chairs, bathrooms, a changing room, free WI-FI, and a freshwater shower are all included.

Roatan Island: Half-Day Eco-Walk, Zip-line & Beach Tour

8. Roatan Island: Half-Day Eco-Walk, Zip-line & Beach Tour

South Shore's new 1.5-kilometer stretch of eco-walkways and 8 suspension bridges make for a one-of-a-kind eco-tour on Roatan Island. Each suspension bridge is 4 feet wide and has a capacity of 10 people. The bridges vary in length from 150 feet to 200 feet, making them the longest and strongest bridges in the Western Caribbean. There are concrete walkways with wooden steps and handrails. On this half-day adventure, you’ll begin with a leisurely walk through the jungle, keeping an eye out for birds, lizards, iguanas, and admiring the Tarzan vines, tropical flowers, and fruit and nut trees. After your eco-walk you’ll head to the zip lines. Feel the wind through your hair as you fly through the canopies! Finally, you’ll have a couple of hours to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea at the beautiful sand beach.

Roatan Zip-Line and Beach Break

9. Roatan Zip-Line and Beach Break

Discover what it feels like to fly through the jungle of Roatan like a tropical bird as you brave the best zip-line in Honduras. Benefit from transportation to and from the day’s activities, and experts to walk you through every step of the journey for your safety. Get the ultimate adrenaline rush as you brave 7,000 feet of zip lines with 18 platforms, along with 4 hiking trails to reconnect you with nature. Fly past beautiful trees at an amazing speed, whether you are an absolute beginner or lifelong thrill seeker. Then, go down to see some of the amazing white sand beaches of Roatan, where the water is warm enough to tempt you in for a swim.

Roatan: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Shore Excursion

10. Roatan: Full-Day Island Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Head off on a tour of the sites of Roatan and learn about the island’s history. Visit Coxen Hole, the capital city, and drive to French Harbor, the largest fishing town on Roatan and the location of some of the best seafood restaurants. Your tour guide is Henry Bennett, owner of Roatan Henry Tours, who is a native of Roatan, Honduras. He is a supporter of education on Roatan and donates 5 per cent from the price of each tour to help with school supplies. If you’re interested, you can stop by a school during the tour. One of the most interesting sites on the east side of the island is the Iguana Farm. It’s home to at least 3,000 iguanas, as well as monkeys, tarpon fish, turtles, lobsters, conch, and a lot more marine life (entrance fee of USD 8.00 not included). As the ride continues, you’ll make a stop in the middle of the island, where you’ll take in views of both sides of the island at the same time. Take a drive through Garifuna town to see local life and hear about the traditions and culture. Next, you’ll head to Oak Ridge and enjoy a boat ride through the village, which is built over the water. Your guide will be with you for the entire day. If you’d like to stop at a beach or take some time to shop, just let him know. The price of this tour is USD 60.00 per person, with USD 35.00 payable when booking and USD 25.00 payable on site when you take the sightseeing boat tour.

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What people are saying about Roatán

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 66 reviews

Steve (the owner) Joshua (his son) and close family friend, Jonathan, were absolutely FABULOUS! The tour was in depth and active and enthralling. I learned all about the history of the island and the locals. We visited towns on the island I never knew existed and snorkeled the reef after an exquisite boat ride. THIS TOUR IS THE ONE I SUGGEST. It is perfect for every type of individual. Age, health and background. Every single persons needs were met 100%!

Haymon was our driver for the day and accommodated us very well with the short time we had to do everything ! From stopping to where we wanted to stop, showing us good places to eat and take pictures, to talking about the local life on the Island, Haymon was probably the reason the sun got out on that rainy day. Thank you so much for the amazing memories. We hope next time we come back, we will have you as our driver ! Thank you from Quebec !!

We donated materials for the children to the school, then we walked around the island a few times, went to the viewpoint, and went to West End to snorkel, they helped me a lot to do it among the corals. Water was clear. We saw a dolphin show, I had some really big shrimp.

Super fun experience, the zip lines were the best and the people who attended us super friendly and careful !! Highly recommended!!

Excellent tour and the guide very kind and very flexible and above all very nice person thank you Thank you ROATAN