Sunlight patterns sparkle on turquoise waters, while pristine white sand beaches glow, on this heavenly slice of Caribbean paradise. Roatan Island is a narrow spindly refuge, and the rich marine life of the Mesoamerican reef draws visitors to its white sand shores, to explore below the surface of glowing waters. Expert and novice divers alike will be treated to a blur of colour, while investigating the world’s second-biggest reef, where multi-coloured life dances wherever you look. View more
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Experience the scenic natural splendour of the Honduran jungle during this invigorating hiking excursion followed by relaxing time at The Buccaneer.
Arboretum Hike and Botanical Gardens
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum. Here begin your picturesque, approximately 1.24-mile (about two-kilometre) hike in the jungle trail. Along the way, enjoy the views of the tropical scenery, endemic trees, giant palms and exotic flowers whilst looking for tropical birds. Finish your walk at Arboretum visiting the flowers pavillon and the hydroponic vegetable garden.
Continue for a stop at The Buccaneer, a relaxing and fun-filled waterfront complex. Upon arrival, approximately 1.5 hours of free time is made available to enjoy The Buccaneer at your leisure. You can take a refreshing dip in the sea or exciting Splash Lagoon, rest on a sea-hammock, go shopping, and/or simply relax on one of the beautiful decks. You can also visit the Centre of the Interpretative History of the Bay Islands, which offers a unique insight into the interesting local history.
Wellness Buffet, Fresh Fruit, Natural Local Juices
Following your free time at The Buccaneer, proceed for a wellness buffet of biological fresh fruit and natural local juices. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Relax and soak up the beauty of your tropical surroundings and enjoy a lite lunch during this half-day excursion at one of Roatan's most exclusive and prestigious beaches.
Depart the pier in your air-conditioned vehicle for the approximate 30-minute transfer. Along the way, stop at a panoramic point to take some pictures of the breathtaking views of the coastline with an amazing view of the hills and of the far away multi-coloured ocean.
Big French Key Beach
Continue the journey up and down the hills to your destination and board a motorized barge for 5 minutes ride, finding yourself amazed by the view of Big French Key Beach. This secluded, calm, little island is located in a beautiful tropical setting, surrounded by palm trees and mangroves, facing the ocean and Little French Key.
Admire the sparkling, blue, private waters as you sip your welcome cocktail or explore the beach in search of the perfect escape. Enjoy the tropical music, relax in a complimentary beach chair caressed by the refreshing trade wind breezes, have a swim or join our guide in a nature walk, or just relax and let the rustle of the wind through towering palms be the ideal accompaniment to your hammock in the shade below.
A few complimentary ocean kayaks are available for use in the safe calm lagoon. Your day package also includes a lite lunch and some refreshments.
Fish the deep blue waters surrounding Roatan during this half-day catch and release fishing excursion. Roatan's rich waters yield a big catch off -shore for fishing enthusiasts. Join your captain and head out to target big marlin or tuna aboard your fully equipped fishing vessel. All safety and fishing equipment, license, beverages and snacks are included in this 3 hour fishing outing.
Let your experienced captain take you over the most productive are as while trolling until your hear the words "Fish On".
Grab your rod and start reeling, keep that tip up and battle your catch to the end.
All fishing is done on a catch and release basis, with the exception of some fish, so bring your camera for photos of the big one that you 'let' get away.
Experience what is sure to be any certified diver's 'Thrill of a Lifetime' during this unique up-close and personal shark dive.
Depart the pier for the short transfer to Wildlife Diving, the only shark dive specialists on the island. Sergio or one of their veteran certified PADI Divemasters will lead the dive. Upon arrival at the dive centre, briefings take place, preparing you for a safe, enjoyable experience. There is also footage of previous dives being shown allowing you to further prepare yourself and add to the anticipation.
Cara a Cara (Face to Face)
The dive site is located on a unique part of the reef surrounding Roatan, an arm that juts perpendicularly from the southern shore surrounded by walls that drop off to depths beyond the reach of divers. The dive site is named 'Cara a Cara' which in Spanish means 'face to face'. Cara a Cara is also quite different from sites found on similar shark encounters around the Caribbean as the sharks have not been 'chummed' away from their natural environment; ask any local fisherman on the island of Roatan where the sharks are and they can tell you…sharks have been stealing fish from them here for years.
The sharks we dive with are all Caribbean reef sharks, all female, displaying a daytime schooling behavior known only to a few species of sharks. Typically about 6 to 9 feet long and several hundred pounds each, these are handsome, powerful fish - healthy hunters of the reef in nature's system of checks and balances.
The Dive Plan
The dive is held among a beautiful reef of hard and soft corals between 60 - 70 feet (18 - 21 metres). Visibility is usually more than 80 feet (24 metres) as the site is located a ten-minute boat ride from Roatan's shore and thus not diminished by rain or other factors.
Divers descend along the mooring line (there is often current) to a small wall where divers arrange themselves kneeling or standing, back to the wall and facing the Divemaster and anywhere from 10 -20 sharks. A small snack of fish is kept in a bucket to keep the sharks interested, while divers watch the sharks circling the area.
After 15 or more minutes of watching the sharks, the bucket is presented to the sharks for a few moments of action as they jostle for position and a snack. At no time are the sharks handled or fed individually. Although this species of shark is not known to pose a serious threat to divers we like to keep a healthy respect and a reasonable distance from the bait.
Following this the sharks will usually swim off so there is an opportunity to move around the site and look for shark's teeth on the bottom, check out our favorite green moray eel and simply enjoy the splendour of the many other fish. There are usually large groupers and snappers that have all become quite tame, offering additional photo/video opportunities.
After approximately 25 - 30 minutes bottom time and the mandatory safety stop, head back to the dive centre to watch the footage from the dive and sign log books. Of course the dive centre is able to offer a custom video of your experience, t-shirts and other memorabilia.
Explore Roatan's beautiful protected marine park area during this half-day kayak and snorkel adventure.
Depart the pier for a short motorcoach transfer along the hillsides to the meeting point. Here, you will board a motorized barge for a 5 minutes crossing to beautiful Big French Key where you will receive the equipment and store your personal belongings. After a safety briefing it is time to start your memorable kayak and snorkeling excursion and get wet.
Your guide explains the area's ecosystem and if you are a novice, the staff will instruct you on kayak and snorkel techniques; giving you extra attention and assisting you throughout the tour.
Paddle along the beautiful keys surrounded by a picturesque landscape, accompanied by our professional instructors. Keep a watchful eye as you glide over the clear, smooth waters; looking down, you may not believe what can be seen. Perhaps a green moray eel or an endangered sea turtle will come in to view and you kayak through the waters for approximately half an hour.
Upon reaching the base, it is time get even closer to the abundant marine life with a one-hour snorkel stop. Your guides will provide you with a briefing and instruction on the equipment and its use before they point out the marine-life as you snorkel over the second largest barrier reef on the planet.
Following your adventure, time is allowed for you to relax on the beautiful beach, while enjoying some refreshments and light snacks. All too soon, it is time to rejoin your transfer for the return drive to the pier and your awaiting ship.
This Roatan shore excursion is a fun way to experience fascinating Roatan wildlife and nature firsthand. Interact with playful monkeys at a local Monkey Sanctuary, explore the local flea market for shopping, pet friendly Iguanas at a wildlife Iguana Farm and enjoy a beautiful scenic island drive.
Start your tour by meeting your tour guide and van at the cruise dock. From here, you will set out on a beautiful ride to the Monkey Sanctuary. The curious and adventurous monkeys are eager to play and take pictures with you! The monkey viewing location has ramps that can be moved around to accommodate wheelchair users. After your visit here, you will continue on a short scenic drive to the local flea market peppered with vendors selling different local crafts, souvenirs etc.
Next, your tour continues to the popular Iguana and Marine Park. Here, you will have an opportunity to interact with the tame iguanas and visit the natural salt water aquarium. This aquarium is home to lobsters, barracudas, tarpons, sea turtles and other sea life animals. The park is wheelchair friendly and you will be able to use a ramp down to the iguana viewing area.
Enjoy a panoramic overview of Roatan during this half-day accessible excursion. Depart the pier in your mini coach or van for an interesting sight seeing tour that offers spectacular views of this lush island while your guide provides insightful information regarding the islands history and culture.
Mayad Eden Eco-Garden
The Mayan Eden Eco-Garden is a nature park in Roatan that brings you back to the ancient world of the glorious and mystical Mayan culture, together with rescued animals and walk-in birds cage. You may easily happen to see diversity of animals such as birds, monkeys, parrots, insects and lizards moving freely near you. The park is also home of "Crystal Wings", the only place in Central America, where butterflies and hummingbirds live together in harmony in a walk-in facility.
Panoramic Photo Stop at West End Village
Your next stop on the tour will be at a panoramic point at West End Village a thriving tourist hotspot to take pictures of the far away multi-coloured ocean with some time to enjoy a complimentary refreshment served in our beautiful meeting point that is a bar built on the water and with space in exclusive for our groups.
West End Shopping
Continue your tour further just outside West End Village where you will visit Mayak Chocolate for a brief and informative tour about cocoa, its roots in the Mayan civilization and its multiple health benefits. A few steps ahead and you will find Rusty Fish that creates art works recycling metal that was washed up on the Beach.
Explore the secluded parts of Roatan and Garifuna town of Punta Gorda during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Roatan, Photo Stop, Hills, Coastal Views, Isery Pirate Boat Building
Depart the pier for a scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the coast and multi-coloured ocean. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and continue up-and-down the hills whilst marvelling at the amazing coastal views. Following an exterior photo stop outside the Isery Pirate Boat building, head to Punta Gorda.
Punta Gorda, Traditional Dance Performance, Yucca Bread Tasting
Nestled on the north-eastern coast of Roatan and renowned for its stunning views, marine recreational opportunities and fantastic Garifuna cuisine, the seaside village of Punta Gorda is home to the majority of the Garifuna people, descendants of African slaves who settled here in 1797. Upon arrival, experience the panorama of the ocean, learn about the history of the Garifuna people and watch a Garifunas group perform a traditional dance to the sounds of their drums. During this memorable performance, a typical, crispy yucca bread (kazabe) is served with a refreshing beverages.
Marble Hill, Marble Hill Farms, Jam and Jelly Tastings, Garden, Oak Ridge Photo Stop
Next, re-board your coach and transfer to Marble Hill for a visit to the Marble Hill Farms, renowned for their homemade, home-grown, and all-natural jams and jellies since the early-1990s. Upon arrival, proceed for a tasting of their top-selling Hibiscus Jelly or Mutton Pepper Jam whilst admiring their beautiful garden. On the way back, enjoy a short stop at another panoramic point to see Oak Ridge, a faraway, picturesque stilt-village. Once inhabited by pirates, Oak Ridge is today the actual home of family-owned fishing companies. After your photo stop, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Embrace the undersea and coastal beauty of Honduras during this scenic and fun-filled, half-day snorkelling excursion and resort visit.
Roatan, Snorkelling Boat-Ride, Pristine Bay, Seastar Snorkelling Site
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Pristine Bay, and your awaiting snorkelling boat. After receiving your safety and snorkelling instructions and equipment, embark a snorkelling boat for the panoramic ride to the Seastar snorkelling site, an amazing starfish snorkelling sandbar area.
Sandbar, Snorkelling with Colourful Starfish, Shipwreck Snorkelling
Upon arrival, don your snorkelling gear, which features a regular snorkelling mask or new, easy-to-use full-face mask, and begin your approximately 30-minute guided snorkelling session. Roatan is one of the top six snorkelling spots to see starfish, and its waters are a paradise for a species of starfish known as the cushion sea star. This starfish comes in a variety of colours, including red, beige, yellow, orange, and green. Although there are plenty of them on the seabed and they are perfectly harmless, please do not touch or handle them. Following your first snorkelling session, embark the boat for the ride to a nearby shipwreck for a second, approximately 15-minute guided snorkelling session. Guests who don't want to snorkel at either site can just swim and/or relax on board the snorkelling boat.
Pristine Bay Resort, Golf & Beach Club, Beautiful Beach, Infinity Swimming Pool, Panoramic Views
Next, embark the boat and ride to the elegant Golf & Beach Club at the Pristine Bay Resort. One of the best spots in Roatan, the Golf & Beach Club is home to a beautiful beach with infinity swimming pool facing the turquoise sea. Upon arrival, approximately an hour of free time is made available to relax and unwind at this luxury enclave, and browse the gift shop. At the conclusion of your visit, board a coach and head to a panoramic viewpoint, which offers breath-taking, 360-degree views overlooking the golf course and island. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Explore the beauty of the sea and the hand-crafted beauty made of coral and seashells during this half-day excursion.
Depart the pier for a 30-minute scenic drive by motor-coach to a beautiful bay to board a semi-submarine that does not submerge; instead, descend a few steps into the underwater observatory section from where you may view the treasures of the deep. While you are seated in air-conditioned comfort, a fish identification audio will explain the underwater environment, as you observe beautiful coral formations, living reef, and colourful tropical fish. See the amazing coral reef up-close without getting wet.
Following this amazing experience, transfer to the center of the West End, a quaint seaside village via the scenic ocean road for a refreshment served Eagle Ray, a meeting point built on stilts over the water.
Finally, visit the one and only cameo factory in the Americas, Cameo Castle. See the art of cameo-making as you observe the master craftsman create both classic and modern cameo masterpieces made from corals and conch shells. It is here that you may find the perfect cameo piece that will make this a memorable destination for years to come.
Experience an unforgettable combination of fun, relaxation and adventure during this half-day excursion.
Big French Key Beach Club
Depart the pier by local coach and then a short transfer by boat to reach Big French Key remote private island that offers a tropical, white, sandy beach surrounded by lush mangrove, palm along with untouched coral reefs.
Upon arrival, enjoy a tropical welcome fruit punch, then simply relax in a complimentary beach chase with the blue Caribbean gently lapping in the broad sand beach or have a swim in the clear waters.
Your guided snorkelling adventure will start by boat from the diving centre. A mysterious shipwreck, a beautiful shallow reef and a dramatic coral reef wall are just a giant stride away. Dependent upon current, sea and weather conditions; your guide will decide if it's appropriate to snorkel out to the shipwreck site that involves a discrete amount of swimming or remain in the shallow reef closer in, but nonetheless excellent for snorkelling.