The Bay Islands of Honduras boast incredible biodiversity and cultural diversity. On the island of Roatan alone, you can learn about pirate history, meet residents who hail from all around the world, and also be surrounded by the second-largest barrier reef in the world with its teeming marine life. Roatan island tours offer a glimpse into all of this and more. Be sure to book yours during your vacation in Roatan!
Cruise Shore Excursions
If you're only visiting Roatan for a day because you're coming by cruise ship, it's important to plan your day in advance. You don't want to waste any of those few precious hours you have here! If you want to see as much of Roatan as you possibly can, an island tour is the best way to do so.
You can choose to book a Roatan island tour through one of the organized shore excursions on your cruise ship. This will mean you have a reserved spot on a designated tour for the day. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi to take you on an island tour upon arrival. Whichever way you choose to do it, Roatan island tours offer the best chance of understanding our island's culture and seeing as much of its natural beauty as you can.
Roatan Island Tours
Roatan isn't a tiny little speck of sand in the Caribbean - it's actually a fairly large island that would take hours to drive around. If you aren't going on an organized shore excursion, then you can customize your island tour as much as you'd like. Let your tour guide know your interests, be it beaches, history, local eateries, shopping, or beautiful vistas.
Perhaps you want to learn about the island's history and to understand the cultural mixture of residents who live here today. Then you must stop into Punta Gorda to learn about the Garifuna. And you should visit Old Port Royal (preferably by boat) to learn about the pirate past. From there, tour the mangrove tunnels carved by the Paya Indians centuries ago. And you have to meet today's residents to hear stories of how people from all over the world have made Roatan their home.
Roatan island tours are also great opportunities to check out local eateries or to find local shops selling crafts. Your tour guide will know all the best spots to take you so you can explore more of the local culture. Ask for a few stopping points where you can get out to take photos, too. The main road east of French Harbour has several vantage points offering stunning vistas.
Book Roatan Island Tours
If you're staying on Roatan for a vacation, ask your hotel concierge or vacation rental property manager for recommendations for an island tour guide. Or just ask around at the bar! Someone will either offer to take you themselves or will know who to recommend. Roatan is filled with friendly people - strike up a conversation and you're sure to make new friends and great connections.
If you do a Roatan island tour, be sure to share your experience using #Go2Roatan on social media! We'd love to see photos from your day and to hear what you learned about Roatan.