Activities on Roatan Island
Divers, Snorkelers, Fishermen, and Cruiseship Passengers
You are probably coming to
visit Roatan for its world famous barrier reef and its marine life.
The Roatan Marine Park is a local non profit organization that
together with the Bay Island Conservation Association co-manages the
Bay Island Marine Reserve. This group operates under a
Memorandum of Agreement with the National Institute of Conservation
and Forestry Development, Protected Areas and Wildlife to manage the
marine protected area along the northwest coast of Roatan.
This non governmental organization operates from donations from
individuals, Roatan businesses and profits from its Eco Store.
Your participation is critical to keeping the Roatan Marine
Sanctuary a world class snorkeling and diving location to visit.
To learn more about how you can contribute and participate in their
You can also visit their headquarters in West End. They are located
just across from the white church. Stop in and checkout their
Eco Store and make a purchase or a donation!
do people do when they visit Roatan?
There are many things to do on
Roatan, be sure to bring your camera. Listed below is only a small sample
of the typical activities that cruise ship passengers and visitors enjoy. If you purchase a "sim" card for you cell phone or have cell phone
service, you might want to check our
Also check web links of the tourist attractions. The phone
numbers listed below are local Honduras numbers. Cell numbers have 8
digits. It is also recommended that you limit your land tour or activities
to between French Harbour and West Bay.
diving is readily available on the
island and walk-in visitors do not need a reservation. There
are many independent dive operators in West End and they will be happy to
There are several resorts that offer cruise ship
passenger shore excursion packages. For the do-it-yourself
excursions, head to West End.
Find a remote beach to relax on or join the rest of the cruise ship crowd at
West Bay and West End. There are a lot of beaches in Roatan and
you will have a lot of fun exploring and snorkeling at any of the
There are several choices for zip line adventures. Two are in the Wet
Bay area. Gumbalimba Park and the South Shore Canopy Tour.
East of French Harbor is the popular Pirates of the Caribbean
Canopy Zip line. They will pick you up at the cruise dock or
hotel. Palmetto Hill has 20 platforms, swing bridges, and a
climbing wall. Zip lines are located throughout the island.
The barrier reef is the second largest in the
world and is only a 150 feet from the end of Sunnysides pier at Spooky
Channel. The barrier reef is protected as a Marine Reserve in the northwestern tip
of Roatan. A large variety of marine life will be seen while snorkeling and diving
in this area. Click on
dive location for a map of the popular
dive sites on western tip of Roatan and information about a new Dive and Snorkel
Guide of over 78 dive locations in Roatan.
sea fishing and flats fishing. This link
will give you more information and links for reservation requests for fishing.
|At the Carambola
Botanical Gardens and nature trails youíll find a protected iguana and
parrot breeding cliff, as well as some archaeological sites dating back to
Mayan times. Be sure to ask for a guide as
this will make your experience here a lot more informative as the plants are
not well marked. The Garden is located on the main road near Anthony's
Key Resort in Sandy Bay. The garden is open 7 days a wek from 7 AM to
5 PM. Their phone number is 2445-3117 and email is
|Ocean kayaking is a popular activity on
Roatan. Rentals can be found at some resorts and in
West End at Cannibal Cafe. While you are there, you might as well stay
for Mexican food for lunch or dinner. Good food and low prices!
Butterfly Garden with
approximately 200 butterflies and 20 different species which are native
to Honduras. The Butterfly Garden is located
along the main road just before arrive in West End, open Sunday through
|Watch the dolphin show at the
Institute for Marine Sciences. Swim with the dolphins at Anthonyís Key
Dive center in Sandy Bay. You might even get a kiss
from "Bob". Contact them at
www.anthonyskey.com or 800
227-3483 (US number) or 2445-3026.
|Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) and
the artifact museum of local history at Anthony's Key Resort
in Sandy Bay.
Here you will find Mayan and Payan history and artifacts. The
RIMS facility is open 7am until 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm on
weekends. Contact them at
or 800 227-3483 (US number) or 2445-3026.
is for the serious underwater explorer. Trips range from 1-1/2 to 4
hours and prices range from $400 to $1200. Contact
Captain Karl Stanley through this web site or by visiting him in person at Half Moon Bay
Cabins. Options include dives up to half a
mile deep, on a shipwreck, to underwater canyons, on a seamount, overnight
baiting trips, or simply picking a spot on the chart and seeing what's
there. Contact them at
|Take a tour to the
near French Key
belonging to islander Sherman Archer where you can see more than 2,700 iguanas of many
varieties. He also has lobster, tarpon, and turtles
in a large pen area at the water side. There is an admission charge.
Telephone 2445-7743 or 2445-7482.
Jonesville where a dory water taxi takes
you through the mangrove tunnels. There are several
small shops in Jonesville with hand made local crafts. Tours can be
Vanís Rentals is located in West End and West Bay. Rent vehicles,
scooters and motorcycles for the day, week or more. Let them
help you see Roatan. Be sure to say hello to Murray when you are
there. Contact them
or WEST END: 2445-4076 or WEST BAY 2445-5040. Open 9-4pm/everyday.
||At Yubu the visitors will learn about the
descendants of the Garifuna, their history, journey and arrival in
Honduras. You will experience the music,
songs and dance styles of the Garifuna people which play an important
part in their ancestral traditions and are an integral part of their
culture. Yubu is located at Politilly
Bight, just before the entrance to the Garifuna village of Punta Gorda
(about 20 minutes out of French Harbour). Check
locally before going. This is outside of the normally recommended
It is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from
9 AM - 3 PM, entrance fee is $5
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ship passengers will find Bodden Tours (bus tours) as an excellent way to
see the island. They have a good reputation for their service at
reasonable rates. Check their web site for more information at
www.boddentours.com/tours.htm Contact them at their web
site and arrange a custom tour to fit your needs and avoid all the hassles
of negotiating a tour upon your arrival. Other information on tours is
Power Boat and
Water taxi service is convenient and easy
between West End and West Bay. The fare is 60 Lempiras
during the day or $3 US. Look for
the dock near Eagle Ray Restaurant in West End. The return
trip from West Bay has two pickup spots and you'll easily recognize where to
catch a ride. Water
taxis will go to other areas and be sure to confirm the fee before taking the
Do It Yourself Excursions
See our locator maps
There are 2 cruise ship ports in
Roatan. The Roatan port is located in Coxen
Hole. Mahogany Bay (Carnival Cruise ships) port is 4 miles east of Coxen
Hole. Walking into Coxen Hole from the Roatan port is
very easy. Coxen Hole does not offer a lot for the tourist. However,
there are some hand carved wood items from the mainland. If it is highly
polished, it is probably not from Honduras. If you are an adventure
traveler, then a quick walk into town and catching the mini bus to other island
locations should be considered. Check the tours vs taxi information before
venturing out. Also, port information and some links to do it yourself
excursions can be found at
There are excursion agencies besides the tour on the ship and with a little
research you will find direct links to most tourist activities with web sites
and phone numbers on this web site. You can find a "contact us" link on
the web sites linked here and you will be able to contact the activity of
your choice without any middleman! However, if you just want to book
an excursion, then the agents at
are two booking web sites that can assist you.
Paya Key (operated by Anthony's
Cay Resort) offers swimming, snorkeling, shopping, food, etc on a small island
off the end of the airport runway. They have two secluded beaches,
a 70000 gallon swimming pool, a 5000 square foot
lounge deck and garden paths. Their
boats will pick you up at the cruise terminal for a short 5 minute ride to the
island. You won't see much of Roatan on this excursion but it is an inexpensive
way to just "hang" in a tropical location. The best water activity may be by
the pool. You can make reservations on their website at
or contact them at 800-227-3483
Roatan Natural Soapworks was created with the idea of
creating a local business that provides jobs and training and at the same time
provides visitors to the islands with a unique, quality souvenir-product of our
Cruise ship passengers can
purchase the soap in a variety of locations or they can visit the factory which
is east of French Harbour. Come and see how avocado, lemongrass, madre
caco and no see-um soap is manufactured. You can visit their
web site for
more details or contact them at 011-504-2455-7568 or
Note: We do not "book" or make
reservations for the above activities.
This information is provided solely to inform visitors of activities available
on Roatan and is not an endorsement of the activity.