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Snorkeling with a few small reef sharks is one thing, but...actually diving 60 feet underwater to swim with dozens of large Caribbean Reef sharks and watching them attack a feed bucket 15 feet in front of you is absolutely wild! These sharks don't really like human meat, so I felt safe...but they are still sharks...and the dive was a great experience! Photo December 2012. Booked through Splash Inn Dive Center. Waihuku Dive Center does not take direct bookings.
If you plan on diving in Roatan, Honduras make sure you ask how many people will be diving before you sign up for a trip, some shops fill boats with up to 15-16 divers per guide. Check out the smaller establishments like Tyll's Dive and Scuba Roatan to avoid the masses and make the most of your dives!
We visited Roatan Honduras and went ziplining through the jungle with this tour! You climb these Mayan Temple like steps and then down you go through the jungle canopy on a zipline adventure. It wasn't just 1 ride either. There were 12 zips and 2 suspension bridges on this tour. It was a lot of physical work but being allowed to flip upside down and turn in multiple directions while swinging through the canopy was amazing and most people do not have such exciting zipline experiences from what I have heard. The best thing about the tour is that they only charged $45 per person, a price which I've never seen again for far less of an experience. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to get the blood pumping in the great outdoors!
Tranquilseas Eco Lodge and Dive Center in Sandy Bay is a great place to relax. I love to snorkel and the coral reef is right in front of the lodge. The beach is quiet. The cabanas are set in a tropical garden. I really like the owners and the people who work here. I travel solo and I feel like being among friends.
Maya Key Island is a special place: a private island just off the island of Roatan, Honduras, it is privately owned and funded and serves as a sanctuary for rescued and donated animals that are local to Honduras, like the macaw and the jaguar. Just a 3 minute ferry from the port at Roatan and our first stop on board the Navigator of the Seas, you can come out to Maya Key for some interactive animal experiences, as well as white sand beaches with crystal clear waters and a day of swimming, tropical drinks and fun. No one lives on Maya Key- it is truly a home for these animals and for their conservation, so all employees commute daily and there are no hotels. It makes for an excellent day trip!
Most visitors to Roatan snorkel and sun themselves on the island's West Bay Beach, which can get pretty crowded (especially on cruise ships days). Get yourself some extra sand space by heading to the town of West End, just down the road and hang out at Half Moon Bay, a beautiful little beach with equally great snorkeling and far less people; head over to the "Go Deeper" dock for some extra special critter spotting!
The Odyssey Wreck is a huge 300ft long freighter ship that was intentionally sunk as an artificial reef. This was the first day that I went diving there just with staff and no guests, so we got to go inside which was amazing!
The best meal in the Bay Islands, probably in all of Honduras is the chicken plate at Creole's. Ask any local expat on the island and they will tell you about this great little beach-hut rotisserie joint. Order the quarter chicken with 2 sides and don't forget to sample the awesome carrot salsa! The deserts are great too!!!
Over the years prices on the island of Roatan have risen astronomically. Most tourist restaurants are charging what many typically think of as "western" prices. To avoid spending all your hard earned cash on food, hit up the street stalls. You can find local ladies roadside dishing out piles of goods on a daily bases, order a meal for around $5 and you will get the meat of your choice (usually chicken, fish, pork or beef) with rice and beans, homemade salsa, fresh potato salad, handmade tortillas, fried plantains and sometimes even some spaghetti just because! The food is delicious and less than half the price of what you will order in the restaurants (even the less than par ones).
The less developed eastern end of the island offers much more solitude. There is a great spot not too far past the public access beach in Camp Bay where you can get the best rum punch (offered up homemade in a glass mug with a slice of pineapple) and delicious fresh seafood...I literally watched them buy the fish off the dock from a local boat and take it straight to the kitchen to prepare. What can be better than sitting on the dock...watching the time roll away...in Roatan..
There is nothing like waking up to the sound of a ship, cutting through the open waves below, and then opening up your balcony door and having room service breakfast in a bathrobe while overlooking the cerulean waters. I recently spent a week on board the Navigator of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's most recently refurbished ship that is now sailing out of Galveston, Texas, and ports in Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. I enjoy all aspects of cruising- it's a different type of vacation, where you can leave all planning and worries at the port and enjoy a week of fun, relaxation and exploration of several new places.
This was a great way to get up close and personal with just a few of the exotic animals on the island of Roatan. Because we only had a few hours due to coming into port on Carnival Cruise lines, I found it easy and convenient to book online beforehand with Roatan Cruiseship Tours / Christopher Tours (Toursroatanchristophertours@gmail.com). Detailed information on where to meet the driver is emailed immediately after you book through the tour site. You will have several different options to choose from and the best part about it, payment is not due until the end of the tour. The prices are broken down as you go, so there are no surprises. Both the driver from Christopher Tours and the tour guide from Mayan Eden Eco Park were professional and knowledgable. Tours Roatan / Christopher Tours $30.00 per person for 3 people Look on site for more details. www.roatanchristophertours.net Eco-Park visit includes: $15.00 per person Guided nature hike ( Easy) Butterfly and hummingbird park Raising butterfly science lecture Monkey park Suspension bridge to ocean views Small zoo Mayan ruins Mayan civilization talk Variety of local flora and fauna
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