Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, which consist of 8 islands and 53 small cays between 10 and 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras. From Roatan, you can easily get to a few nearby cays, which are just really tiny islands. Here are a few day trips from Roatan that are regularly offered by tour operators.
Day Trips from Roatan
There are countless tour options on and around the island of Roatan. From scuba diving to snorkeling, from island tours to fishing trips, you can choose from an extensive list of fun opportunities for your visit to Roatan.
If you'd like to get farther afield to see more, beyond the island of Roatan itself, you have options for day trips from Roatan. These typically leave early in the morning and take you to nearby cays or other islands.
Keep in mind that these trips can be weather-dependent. If you have your heart set on a specific trip, be sure to book well in advance if possible. And, if possible, book a day early in your vacation so you have some flexibility if you need to reschedule because of weather.
Visit Cayos Cochinos
Cayos Cochinos is probably the most popular day trip from Roatan. These small isles are the closest to mainland Honduras, resting only about 19 miles from La Ceiba. There are two main islands and 13 more small coral cays. A day trip is possible from both Roatan and La Ceiba, so visitors are fairly regular here.
There is only one resort on the island, and backpackers sometimes stay in the fishing villages, but the regular population is quite sparse.
A day trip from Roatan usually includes an early start with breakfast on board your boat, cruising out to the islands, enjoying a local lunch and snorkeling, and then cruising back while fishing along the way. This trip is not to be missed!
Visit Pigeon Cay
Another popular day trip from Roatan heads to Pigeon Cay, a tiny speck of sand at the far eastern tip of Roatan and Barbareta. A day trip to Pigeon Cay might entail a morning departure to head along Roatan's north shore until arriving at the East End mangroves.
From there, the mangrove tunnels lead out to the south side where you'll head out to Pigeon Cay itself. Snorkeling along the way at designated stops is also common, plus many tour companies offer lunch on the beach once you arrive.
Day Trips Within Roatan
Even staying on the island of Roatan, you can do day trips to other parts to get to see and do more. Popular day trips are to see the other end of the island. Visitors staying on the western side often head to the East End for a full day trip to explore new beaches, to see more natural beauty, and to try out new restaurants.
Likewise, those staying on the East End come to West End, West Bay, or Sandy Bay for a visit to the more densely populated areas with more nightlife and activity.
What are your favorite day trips from Roatan? Do you like visiting other islands? Or heading elsewhere on Roatan? Show us using #Go2Roatan on social media!