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Cruise to Mahogany Bay and you’ll feel like you won the island lottery. With silky-sand beaches and diamond-clear seas, the island of Roatan is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. And there’s no better way to experience this natural paradise than on a cruise to Honduras. The largest of Honduras’s Bay Islands is a real beauty, built on a backbone of volcanic rock and ringed by the world’s second largest coral reef. Carnival cruises to Roatan promise superb diving and fishing, plus totally swoon-worthy beaches. The lush landscape of the wildlife reserves and pristine marine parkland of Roatan awaits you on your cruise to Mahogany Bay in Honduras.

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  • Dine on savory Honduran specialties in local West End restaurants.
  • Watch resident capuchin monkeys cavort in Gumbalimba Park when you cruise to Honduras.

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The island of Roatan is known for its glittering bays and colorful coral reefs perfect for outdoor adventures like snorkeling and scuba diving. Discover your inner pirate on a Caribbean cruise to Roatan, where you can taste local rum, swim among starfish at Starfish Alley, or sample fresh seafood at local restaurants. 

The 40-mile-long island borders the second-longest barrier reef on the globe, which attracts many divers each year. Go horseback riding at Little French Cay or unwind in paradise at West Bay. Don’t forget to try conch fritters and rum cake during your visit.

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Top sights & attractions for cruises to roatan, roatan rum company.

Rum tasting, anyone? The Roatan Rum Company is centrally located near the Roatan lighthouse and offers tours Monday through Saturday. Sample the chocolate rum, the delicious rum cake, and other local delicacies. On your cruise to Roatan, soak in the beautiful view from the top of “Rum Point”.

Flamingo Cultural Center

The best way to discover the history and community of the island is the Flamingo Cultural Center, which offers educational programming on Garifuna culture, local preservation efforts, responsible tourism, social programs to benefit the local community, and much more. Look into the traditional dance classes while you’re here.

West Bay Beach

On your Roatan, Honduras cruise, hit the beach at West Bay, which is great for families with young kids. The water is shallow enough that all types of swimmers can enjoy, plus it's brimming with schools of fish and colorful coral to explore. There is a fee to enter, but it comes with access to restrooms and changing stations. Rent a beach chair and enjoy a cold drink while you unwind.

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Meet sloths at little french cay.

Little French Cay used to be a private retreat in Roatan, but today it’s available for all to enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, and horseback riding. It also serves as an animal refuge featuring sloths, monkeys, and other species.

Snorkel at Starfish Alley

One of Roatan’s biggest spots for snorkeling is Starfish Alley, which is nestled between West End and West Bay. Marvel at the multi-colored starfish that line the seafloor as you swim.

Go Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP, or stand-up paddleboarding, is a popular water sport for all ages. On your Roatan, Honduras cruise, you’ll find a variety of providers on the beaches who host SUP classes or offer paddleboard rentals. Get on the water and admire the clear views for miles.

Top Food and Drink Spots Near the Roatan Cruise Port

360 Restaurant and Bar

Visit 360 and soak in the low-key ambiance. Try the whole red snapper and a plate of parrilladas, a platter of grilled meats. The rice and beans in mojo sauce is one of the most popular dishes. 

La Sirena de Camp Bay 

Seafood is the standard fare at La Sirena, where lionfish, coconut shrimp, and rum are featured. The ocean views are well worth the drive. 

Cal’s Cantina 

If you’re craving Tex-Mex, head to Cal’s. Admire the beautiful island views as you enjoy lunch. Try the conch fritters or fried shrimp. For dessert, don’t miss the coconut pie. They’re open Tuesday to Fridays. 

Culture & History of the Roatan Cruise Port

Originally, Roatan was home to the indigenous Paya, Maya, Lenca, and Jicaque tribes. In the 14th century, Chistopher Colombus sailed to the islands and brought European diseases which devastated the local communities. Pirates and traders were common in the era. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the fishing and tourism industries expanded, and the population boomed as a result.

Roatan Port Facilities & Location

There are two places where your cruise ship may dock: Coxen Hole and Mahogany Bay. At Coxen Hole, you’ll find a shopping mall and restaurants for a quick bite to eat. There’s an ATM as well as internet access in the area, and it’s walking distance to other parts of Roatan.

Transportation in Roatan

The easiest way to get around on your Roatan, Honduras cruise is to book a shore excursion with transit included as part of the program. There’s also a shuttle service to town and some parts of the city are walkable from the cruise terminal. Otherwise, taxis and car rentals are standard for getting around. Water taxis are also a common form of transportation here.

Shopping Near the Roatan Cruise Port

There’s minimal shopping at Coxen Hole, but there’s a plaza at Mahogany Bay where you’ll find shopping, jewelry, and food. On a cruise to Roatan, strip-mall-type stores are common.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

The currency you’ll use on your cruise to Roatan is the lempira, but U.S. dollars are commonly accepted. Tipping is considered polite in Honduras, and it’s recommended you leave 10-15% at restaurants. However, it’s not customary to leave a tip for taxi drivers.

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23 Best Things to Do in Roatán on a Cruise [Port Guide]

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If you’re visiting Roatán on a cruise, you’re in luck! Roatán is a favorite Western Caribbean cruise port for many cruise travelers. This small island off the coast of Honduras has stunning beaches and is packed with opportunities for adventure.

In this post, I’ll share the best things to do in Roatán on a cruise, including shore excursions as well as inexpensive or free activities. You’ll also learn everything you need to know about visiting the Roatán cruise port for the day and get answers to commonly asked questions.

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Roatán Cruise Port 

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There are two cruise ports located on the island of Roatán.

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center

Carnival Cruise Line built this port/cruise center, which can accommodate two mega-ships. Carnival cruise ships dock here, along with Princess and Holland America cruise lines.

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center is a gigantic 20-acre welcome center with a “private” beach. Many cruisers will spend the day within the Cruise Center visiting the restaurants, bars, duty-free shops, craft markets, or just relaxing on the beach.

The Port of Roatán (Also Known as Coxen Hole)

This port can accommodate three cruise ships at a time. Ships from all of the other cruise lines (besides those mentioned above) typically dock here.

This port is within walking distance of Roatán island’s largest city, Coxen Hole. The port terminal has restrooms, taxi stands, tour and excursion pick-ups, and an ATM. 

What Cruise Passengers Need to Know About Roatán Cruise Port


Roatán’s official currency is the Honduran lempira (HNL). However, cash (including USD!) reigns supreme here. You can pay with U.S. Dollars on Roatán, just expect to get change back in lempiras.

The official language in Roatán is Spanish, but English (with a Creole twist) is widely spoken.

The time zone in Roatán, Honduras, is Central Standard Time, which is one hour ahead of the Eastern time zone.

Roatán is an island in Central America located just off the Honduras coast. Its climate is tropical rainforest, with temperatures hovering in the 80-degree Fahrenheit range year-round.

Mid-July through October is considered the “warm season,” with temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s. Roatán is very humid year-round, with humidity reaching 90% in the last four months of the year.

The rainy season in Roatán is from September through July.

Getting Around Roatán

The island of Roatán is 48 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point. It is safest to book tours (whether private or cruise ship excursions) to get around Roatán. 

Whether you port in Mahogany Bay Cruise Center or Coxen Bay, activities are within walking distance. The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center is a 20-acre complex with a beach, restaurants, bars, and shopping areas.

Coxen Hole is Roatán’s largest city. Activities and amenities, including shopping, restaurants, and bars, are within walking distance of the port.

Public Transit

There are many taxis and buses available for transport in Roatán. The “buses” are typically 16-passenger vans running regular routes between Coxen Hole and West End or French Harbour.

Taxis can be private “privado,” which costs a little more, or “colectivo,” which means you might pick up and drop off other people along your route. This is a fun way to chat with locals but might take a little longer to get to and from your destination.

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available on Roatán, with rental kiosks near the cruise terminal. The island is easy to navigate, just watch for horses and cows on the road.

The Best Roatán Shore Excursions

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Roatán has a different vibe than other Caribbean cruise ports . This Honduran island has a Central American influence with a Caribbean twist.

Roatán is situated on top of exposed ancient coral reefs, and just off-shore is the second largest reef system in the world: the Mesoamerican Reef System, also known as the Great Mayan Reef.

The diverse culture and unique natural wonders of Roatán make for a one-of-a-kind cruise port experience. Here are 22 of the best Roatán Shore Excursions.

1. Mahogany Bay Cruise Center

Carnival designed this 20-acre port complex to be an excursion in itself. The 800-foot-long white sand Mahogany Beach is part of the Cruise Center. You can get off the ship and spend the day reading on a beach chair or swimming in the crystal clear waters.

This beach gets busier and louder as the day goes on, so grab your chair early or choose a different beach if you are looking for quiet. The Cruise Center has a mix of duty-free shops and retailers, including Diamonds International, Del Sol, and Piranha Joes.

If you are hungry, there are several restaurants in the Cruise Center. Stop by Fat Tuesday’s atop Monkey Hill for amazing views, some Caribbean Jerk chicken, and a cold and refreshing “Banana Banshee” Daquiri.

2. Magical Flying Beach Chair

This is a fun experience that is unique to Roatán. Immediately after disembarking at Mahogany Bay Port, there is a chairlift that you can take to transport you to nearby Mahogany Bay Beach.

You’ll find the Magical Flying Beach Chair up the hill and to the right of the Cruise Center. You can purchase an “all-day pass” for unlimited use.

Be aware that the Flying Beach Chair frequently stops for people to get on and off. The chance to see iguanas in the trees and the magnificent ocean view make this a pleasant option.

3. Shop ‘Til you Drop at The Town Center Coxen Bay

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There is a fantastic variety of duty-free boutiques and local souvenir shops in The Town Center shopping area at the Port of Roatán.

Be sure to stop at “Yaba Ding Ding” for local handmade arts and crafts, including Garifuna and Lenca pottery artwork. If you love photography, you’ll marvel at the underwater photos by Roatán local Shawn Jackson in his gallery here.

4. Snorkel, Scuba, and Relax at West Bay Beach

The world’s second-longest reef system, the Mesoamerican Reef, lies just off the coast of West Bay Beach. This beach is 30-45 minutes from the cruise ship docks and has some of the best snorkeling and diving in Roatán.

The beach is public and free to enter. However, paying a nearby resort for their day-use fee gives you access to chairs and a break from the vendors trying to sell their goods and services.

If you want to snorkel or scuba, water taxis from West Bay Beach will take you closer to the reef.

5. Cuddle a Sloth at an Animal Sanctuary

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Several animal sanctuaries exist in Roatán. These excursions typically include the opportunity to hold a sloth, feed monkeys, and interact with parrots and macaws.

You can book a private tour, which is a little more expensive but allows you to move through the animal sanctuary (and have the experiences!) more quickly. This experience takes around an hour, so it is a good one to bundle with other excursions.

6. Spend the Day at The Little French Key

This resort is a one-stop excursion spot. You can pay a fee to participate in activities like horseback riding, swimming with pigs, massages, manicures, snorkeling and scuba diving, kayaking, rope swings, and a gift shop. They also have a mini zoo where they can interact with animals.

Look for the VIP pass, which includes drink vouchers, a lunch plate, a massage, horseback riding, and access to a less-crowded beach. Little French Key is a 30-minute drive from the port.

7. Taste the Unique Flavor of Wild Honduran Chocolate at a Chocolate Factory

Roatan Chocolate Experience

Cacao beans in Honduras are unique because they are grown in the wild instead of on plantations. Several chocolate factories can be visited to try this tasty treat.

Factory tours are usually a part of a “bundled” excursion. If you are a chocolate lover, this is a “must” for treats and souvenir shopping in Roatán.

8. Scuba Dive at the Mayan Reef

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to scuba dive in the second-largest reef system in the world: the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Scuba diving is one of the top things cruisers recommend for porting here. Roatán has excursions available for every level of diver, from beginner to scuba-certified.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is home to diverse sea life, including colorful fish, coral, sea turtles, eels, stingrays, sponges, starfish, shrimps, and lobster. Most Scuba excursions take place on the West Side, nearest the reef, and will take several hours.

There are many dive shops in Roatán. You can book a beginner scuba excursion, where you learn scuba basics in the safety of a pool and then venture to the reef. Many boutique diving excursions will allow you to use your scuba certifications for magnificent dives in the deep.

9. See the Island’s Diversity while Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is a relaxing way to escape the crowds and see the diversity of this beautiful island.

There are many different types of rides available, from beach horseback riding to mountain trails. Some excursions offer a combo that includes a ride through local villages, up into the mountains, and even a ride along the beach.

10. Bike Around an Island on Hydrobikes

If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary water sports experience, hydrobiking is an exciting choice. Hydrobikes have pedals like a traditional bicycle, but are on floats so you glide on top of the ocean.

Your guide will take you on a tour around a private island near French Key. Hydrobikes are easy for all skill levels and are an active way to spend a few hours in Roatán. Just be sure to put on plenty of sunscreen.

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11. Eat and Beach at Ginger’s on Half Moon Bay

Half-Moon Bay is located on the West End of Roatán. It is an exceptional beach for swimming and snorkeling, and the location of a delicious Caribbean Grill called Ginger’s.

You can use the beach chairs at Ginger’s if you order food OR just come for the delicious fresh seafood. Catch a game on the TV and order coconut shrimp and a frozen mojito.

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12. Cruise Through the Mangroves

Located on the East End of Roatán, this excursion includes transportation to Oakridge’s traditional Caribbean fishing village. The town is an interesting visit, with buildings constructed on stilts over the water and fishing boats bobbing in the bay.

In Oakridge, you’ll board an authentic cayuco (a small motorized canoe), and travel with a guide through a canal dug out in the mangroves many years ago to connect the harbors and bays. Parts of the tunnel are barely wide enough for the boats to get through.

The land in mangrove forests provides shelter for migratory birds and monkeys, so there is a good chance to see (and hear) unique Roatán wildlife.

13. Spot Sea Turtles Underwater and On Land

If you love sea turtles, Roatán is an outstanding place to see them in their natural habitat. This island has three types of sea turtles: Hawksbill, Green, and Loggerhead Turtles.

The best time to see sea turtles on land is during their nesting period from July to August, when they come ashore to nest on West Bay Beach and Paya Bay Beach. If you are in Roatán during the non-nesting months, you can also observe these beautiful sea creatures gliding in the crystal-clear waters.

Dive and snorkel excursions are available that will take you to spots where sea turtles frequent. Typically, they are on the West End.

14. Take a Historical Dune Buggy Tour to Punta Gorda

This half-day excursion will take you on an adventure up to the North Shore and the historic fishing village of Punta Gorda. Drivers need to be 16 years or older and have a driver’s license.

Follow a tour guide on an adventurous dune buggy drive to the Punta Gorda community. Once you’ve arrived, enjoy a dance and music show by the Garinagu (Garifuna), natives of Roatán.

Afterwards, you can purchase lunch from nearby restaurants, including Garifuna favorites like Machuca, a delicious mash of green and sweet plantains rolled into bites and dunked into tasty soups.

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15. Monkey Around at Gumbalimba Park

This 20-acre beachfront adventure park offers many options for adventure seekers. Your tour guide will teach you about the history of the island of Roatán and its people while you hike around and observe animals, including monkeys and macaws, roaming in their natural environment.

After you’ve met the monkeys, you can get a monkey’ s-eye view of the park’s Trail Canopy Tour. You’ll zipline between 17 cable platforms extending from 120 to 500 feet in length.

Gumbalina also has water activities, including kayaking and going to the beach.

16. See Fish Without Getting Wet on a Glass Bottom Boat Ride

Glass bottom boats depart regularly from the beach at West Bay on Roatán. If you cannot snorkel or scuba but want to see the wonders of the reef, this is a fantastic way to do it.

These boats have windows that are underwater in a “semi-submarine” experience. Choose a glass-bottom boat ride if you want to witness the gorgeous marine life in Roatán without the hassle of sand and sunburns.

17. Underwater Scooter like a BOSS

If you want a unique scuba-like experience without the certification, you can book a BOSS (Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter) excursion. Your adventure will start with a catamaran ride out to the reef. Once you arrive, you’ll have the option to use snorkel equipment or try out the BOSS.

The BOSS submersible electric scooter has an oxygen-filled breathing helmet attached. You’ll be able to breathe freely while you scooter around 8 feet below the water surface, viewing the colorful marine life in Roatán.

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18. Learn About Local Flora at the Carambola Botanical Garden

The 40-acre botanical garden is home to a variety of beautiful plants, including orchids, fruit and nut trees, flowering plants, medicinal plants, the world-famous Honduran mahogany tree, and the popular “Chocolate Tree.”

The botanical gardens can be visited as a self-guided tour, or for more money, you can have an informational guided tour by the founder of the garden. Plan on walking along the jungle paths for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

19. Snorkel Right-off Tabyana Beach

The reef is more accessible from this beautiful beach. Unlike other beaches in Roatán, which require a short boat ride to reach the reef, you can explore it about 300 feet off the shore of Tabyana Beach, making it one of the best beaches for snorkeling.

Some excursions include snorkeling at Tabyana, or you can take a 20-25 minute taxi cab ride from the port.

You can relax on towels on the public beach or pay a resort fee to use nearby chairs. Local beach vendors aren’t allowed in roped-off areas, so if you want to relax without interruption, the resort fee is worth the money.

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20. Spend the Day on the Private Island of Maya Key

Maya Key is a small private island that is located 3 minutes from the Roatán Cruise Terminal and 15 minutes from Mahogany Bay Cruise Terminal.

This 11.5-acre island has two beaches, a 70,000-gallon pool, an animal rescue center, jungle garden paths, a Mayan Interpretation Center, A Honduras Art Exhibit, a restaurant, and a shopping center.

Day passes for Maya Key start at $35 and include a tour of the wildlife center, access to the beaches and pools, and the use of restroom facilities. It will cost extra for the museums, food and drinks, lockers and shopping.

21. Roatan Craft Markets

Roatan Rusty Fish craft market

There are some awesome craft markets in Roatan. Many items are hand made by locals. One great shop is Rusty Fish, which uses recyclable materials.

22. Sample Local Rum at the Roatán Rum Company  

Rum cakes, rum cigars, and, of course, rum are the stars of this excursion. Located between West End and West Bay, the Roatán Rum Company offers samples of unique artisan rums (dark chocolate, spiced, and Caribbean coconut, to name a few) and rum cakes.

Roatán Rum Co. is located right across from El Faro Lighthouse and next door to a small souvenir market. Many excursions combine the three.

23. Choose Your Adventure with a Customizable “Best of Roatán” Tour

If you are having a hard time deciding between all of these exciting excursions, a “Best of” tour might be the way to have your rum cake and eat it, too.

You can choose the activities you want and have the expertise of a local driver to get you where you need to go. Roatán is small enough that you should be able to fit in several activities, and tour guides are often flexible with the weather.

A customizable tour is a great way to experience all that Roatán has to offer.

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Roatan Cruise Port Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time of year to visit roatán .

The best time to visit Roatán is between February and May. This will put you in the sweet spot of less precipitation, warm (but not hot) temperatures, and less humidity. 

How far is downtown Roatán from the cruise port? 

No matter which port you dock in (Mahogany Bay Cruise Center or Coxen Hole), you are close to activities and eating.

Coxen Hole (The Port of Roatán) cruise port puts you on the doorstep of the island’s biggest town. 

The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center’s 20-acre complex offers plenty of options. It is about a 16-minute drive from downtown Coxen Hole.

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Final Thoughts On Things to Do in Roatán Cruise Port

Roatán offers a wide variety of excursions, allowing cruisers to explore the natural wonders of the Mesoamerican Reef and experience the people and cultures that make this island a fascinating place to visit.

Have you been to Roatán yet? What was your favorite part of this historical city?

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Virgin Voyages' guide to Roatán, Honduras

The world’s second-largest, electrifying reef attracts divers, snorkeling enthusiasts, and thousands of marine-life species — mix in lush jungle canopies plus endless white-sand beaches, and you'll understand why Roatán is the coveted jewel of Honduras.

The riches of Roatán

The Bay Islands, three alluring isles off the northern coast of Honduras, are home to lush jungle canopies, endless white-sand beaches, and electric blue waters. Pirates, the Spanish, the English, and just about everyone else fought over Roatán, Utila, and Guanaja, but the coveted jewel of Honduras has always been Roatán. Its true beauty lies beneath the waves in the Mesoamerican Reef — attracting scuba divers, snorkeling enthusiasts, and thousands of species of marine life.

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All around Roatán

Jungle atv and beach escape.

Journey through the jungle on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on your way to a private beach. You'll take the wheel and drive a winding jungle trail, going across a river bed and up a mountaintop to reach two overlooks. Along the way, you'll see iguanas, tropical birds, and other wildlife in the lush landscape. Afterward, relax and swim at a private beach.

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18 Best Things to do in Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan

J. Souza

Going to Mahogany Bay on a cruise? This guide will tell you everything you need to know and everything you can do at the port and surrounding areas.

Mahogany Bay is owned by Carnival Corporation, and the stunning cruise port is located on Roatán Island in Honduras.

As it’s owned by Carnival, other cruise lines under the umbrella of the parent company will use the port on their itineraries, including Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises, and others.

With its sparkling white sand beaches and warm Caribbean waters, it’s easy to see why so many travelers love Mahogany Bay. For many, it is their favorite port of call, and we are going to see why with this guide.

one way cruise to roatan

This guide offers helpful information about what there is to do and see at the port and around Roatan. Visitors who come here can enjoy a variety of activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, which will give them access to the area’s colorful marine life.

Other popular activities include kayaking through the mangroves or taking an island-hopping tour. Cruisers can also take advantage of the shopping opportunities available at Mahogany Bay’s bustling marketplaces. There they can find souvenirs and local hand-made crafts.

Note: Although the port is operated by Carnival it is recommended that you take your passports and photo IDs off the ship with you. Also you should bring some cash as you will not be able to charge purchases to your onboard account.

Mahogany Bay’s Cruise Ship Port

Mahogany Bay cruise port shops

Remember that not every cruise ship visiting Roatan will use the Mahogany Bay cruise port. Roatan, Honduras has two separate cruise ports , depending on which cruise line you’re sailing with: Port of Roatan and Mahogany Bay. The Coxen Hole cruise ship dock ( Port of Roatan ) is used by cruise ships from Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Virgin Voyages, MSC Cruises and others.

The Mahogany Bay cruise port that we are covering today is only used by ships owned by Carnival Corporation. These ships are from cruise lines that include Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Costa Cruises . The Mahogany Bay Cruise Center has two berths where two cruise ships can dock at once.

The piers and terminal can get busy and crowded at times with over 8,000 excited passengers ready to explore the welcome center and isle of Roatan. As you exit the pier you will be guided through a duty-free shop . The shop sells a variety of items including beach necessities such as water shoes and sunscreen as well as popular duty-free things. Prices are comparable to those on board the ship.

As you exit the store you will see the walkway leads to an open air plaza with lots of shops. This cruise center is where many of the excursions will meet. You can also book excursions here as well.

Where is Mahogany Bay?

where is mahogany bay

Mahogany Bay is located on the west end of the isla Roatan in the country of Honduras.  Nestled in the protected southern waters of Dixon Cove, the port offers over 20 acres for passengers to enjoy.

It is about 5 miles from the island’s capital, Coxen Hole, which is also where the other cruise port is situated. Roatan is one of three islands that are 31 miles off the coast of mainland Honduras, and it is the biggest and most populated of the three.

It is about 140 miles east of Belize. The island is part of the Western Caribbean Cruise itineraries and is one of the most popular destination ports for Caribbean cruises. From shopping, to eating out at local restaurants, to exploring nearby attractions such as Gumbalimba Park or Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum – there’s something for everyone to enjoy! There are also plenty of beaches and water activities available for those looking for some fun in the sun.

How Big is Mahogany Bay?

Being only 5 miles wide at its widest point and 38 miles long, the Roatan island offers about 20,000 acres of beautiful nature to explore. Mahogany Bay is just a small part of the island and acts as the entryway into the gorgeous isle.

The cruise center covers about 20-acres of land and Mahogany beach takes up 10-acres of private land.

Note : The Mahogany Bay port is just the cruise port portion of the island of Roatan so there is much more to explore outside of the port. This article will focus mainly on the port of Mahogany Bay but will mention a few things outside of the area as well. You can check out our article on Roatan here.

Things to Do in Mahogany Bay

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There is something for everyone visiting Mahogany Bay. Whether you want to relax on the beach in your beach chair or take part in some exciting shore excursions, there is always something happening.

You can take a dolphin cruise, go snorkeling along the coral reef, or even try out kayaking in the bay. For those looking for more of an adventure, you can dive into the depths of Gumbalimba reef with a scuba dive or sail off on a catamaran tour from West End.

One of the cool things about this port of call is that you can enjoy an amazing beach day without having to spend any money at all. That’s right! The first thing on our list is totally free. Or rather, it CAN be. If you wish to explore the outside area of the cruise port you will turn left and if you wish to visit the beach area turn right.

1. Mahogany Bay Beach

mahogany beach right near the cruise port, showing pier for snorkeling

Mahogany Bay Beach is for cruise passengers only, and it’s free to access. You will need to show your cruise card at the entrance. No transportation is needed to get to the beach as it’s right near the cruise port, although you can try the chair lift to make it easier (more on this later).

The sandy beach is about a 10-minute walk from the cruise terminal. There are tons of water sport activities available. These include snorkel masks and fins, paddle boards, Zayak, Fun Cat, Sea Hammock, Aqua Cycle, Aqua Cycle Boat, Paddle Boat, Hobie Kayak, kayaks, umbrellas, and more.

While the Mahogany Bay Beach is free for cruisers the equipment rental does have an extra cost. 

mahogany bay beach in Roatan

There are plenty of lounge chairs that are free to use, however. You just need to get there early to ensure access to them. If two ships are in port it might be more difficult to find an open lounger if you get there too late.

Only a few lounge chairs are in the shade so those fill up fast. If you want to make sure you have some shade on your beach day you can rent a clam shell for $26 for the entire day.

Loungers and clam shells at Mahogany Beach

If you want to upgrade your day at the beach you can rent a cabana. Air-conditioned cabanas come with two lounge chairs, a hammock, beach accessories, a small TV, a safe to keep valuable safe, Wi-Fi, and waiter service in a semi-private beach area.

There’s also a refrigerator stocked with sodas and water. Fully air-conditioned beach cabanas come with two lounge chairs, a hammock, necessary beach items, free Wi-Fi and waiter service in a semi-secluded beach area.

The beach is over 800 feet long and offers some secluded lounger retreats, a dock for snorkeling, and a two-story gazebo that overlooks the pristine waters.

If you get hungry while hanging out at the beach there is an open-air restaurant right there. Fat Tuesday is also right outside the beach entrance and has an extensive menu with food and drinks. There are also 5 or 6 different places right in and around the main cruise center area.

There are restrooms and showers right there at the beach just near the restaurants, so you can rinse all the sand off before heading back to the ship.

loungers at Mahogany Beach with palm trees and clam sheels

2. Take the Nature Trail

Nature trail at Mahogany Bay

The nature trail in Mahogany Bay will take you to the free beach area. There is a more straightforward path to get there as well but the nature walk offers some interesting vegetation along the way, along with some good photo ops of your cruise ship.

As the trail winds through the wooded area it bends around towards the water with only slight elevation. Having to step over tree roots that could trip you up, be mindful there is some loose gravel along the path as well.

If you’re walking to or from Mahogany Beach you might as well try the nature trail during one of your walks just to spice things up a little.

3. Ride the Magic Flying Chairlift

magic flying chairlift in mahogany bay

Still, the views from the Magic Flying Chair are pretty spectacular, and after a long day playing water sports at the beach you might just want to sit down and take in the stunning views of Roatan on your way back to the dock at Mahogany Bay.

Note: The chairlift will not save you time as it moves rather slowly. Also, you will be above the tree canopy which provides great views of the ship and water, but that also means you will be in the sun a lot.

4. Enjoy a Zip Line Adventure

A zip line adventure is a great way to experience the Caribbean! On your cruise to Roatan, you’ll be able to book a zip line excursion at the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center. The cruise center is within walking distance of the port and beach, so it’s easy to get there from your cruise ship.

The excursion takes you across the island, giving you a unique aerial view of Roatan that you won’t get anywhere else. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure while on your cruise, taking a zip line tour is definitely worth it. You’ll be able to see stunning views of the Caribbean and even make stops along the way for some fun in the sun.

You can book an zip line adventure both at Extreme Adventure Park and also Gumbalimba Park. Each will cost about $100 per person.

5. Snorkeling in and Around Mahogany Bay

Snorkeling at Mahogany Bay

There are some amazing reefs around the island of Roatan. And with over 100 miles of coastline you have plenty of options. But you don’t have to go far from the Mahogany Bay cruise port to find some great spots as well.

Though the beach is man-made there is some great beginner-friendly snorkeling locations right off the pier. The reef has some great coral and marine life that most casual snorkelers will enjoy. Here are some of the best snorkeling locations around the island:

  • Little French Cay
  • West Bay Beach
  • Starfish Alley
  • West End Reef
  • Palmetto Bay

6. Explore the West End of Roatan

Exploring the West End of Roatan is an incredible experience. From the lush, tropical forests to the pristine white-sand beaches, it’s easy to see why this area is so popular with tourists. You can spend a day snorkeling or diving in the crystal-clear waters and then relax on the beach while watching the sun set over the horizon.

There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops to explore in the area. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or local cuisine, you’ll be able to find something to suit your needs. Be sure to take a cable car ride up into the mountains for breathtaking views of Roatan’s stunning landscape!

7. Spend The Day At West Bay Beach

west bay beach, Roatan

Located just off the port of West End and close to Mahogany Bay, West Bay Beach offers some of the best white sand beaches and crystal clear waters in the area. And this does come with a cost. For entrance into the beach area the cost is $27 for children and $35 for adults. Children 4 and under are free.

The drive from the cruise terminal to West Bay Beach is about 25 minutes long and will take you across mountainous jungles and incredible views. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach day or exciting water activities such as snorkeling, West Bay Beach won’t disappoint.

The bay offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and nearby islands, while the beach area has plenty of loungers and umbrellas to enjoy your day under the sun. The warm waters are also perfect for swimming and kayaking, making it an ideal destination for all ages. With so much to do and see at West Bay Beach, it’s easy to understand why it is one of Roatan’s most popular spots.

8. All-Inclusive Beach Club

one way cruise to roatan

You will have a server who will bring you drinks and lunch so you never even have to get out of your lounger.  There are also over the water cabanas that you can book. There is a place just for kids and swings in the water if you want to get that perfect Instagram shot from your vacation. 

Excursions generally last about four hours at the beach club before heading back to the ship.

9. Visit the Monkey and Sloth Hangout

Located in French Cay, Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout is a family-run animal sanctuary. At the Hangout you will get to interact with the sloths and monkeys and learn all about these fascinating creators.

You will get to even hold a sloth, which is a unique experience in itself, and something you will never forget. Besides the animal sanctuary, the family-owned company also offers island tours, kayaking, hydro bikes, and snorkeling adventures. You can check out their website here .

10. Visit the Chocolate Factory

The Chocolate Factory in Roatan is located in the city of French Harbour. This popular factory offers a wide range of hand-crafted chocolates, from classic favorites to unique specialty flavors. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the factory and learn about the process of making chocolate from bean to bar.

The shop also offers an extensive selection of local and international selections, as well as free samples for guests to try. Whether you’re looking for a delicious treat or something special for a loved one, the Chocolate Factory in Roatan is sure to have something that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Check out the Roatan chocolate factory here .

11. Visit Mangroves and Iguanas

An excursion to tour the Garifuna Mangrove Tunnel will take you to the east side of Roatan to experience some local culture away from blatant tourism. You will get to see all kinds of things along the way, like the noncommercial French Harbor, French Cay, and the Iguana Farm with large green iguanas.

Then the tour will take you to an authentic Cayuco canoe where the guide will take you through the mangrove tunnel. With so much wildlife to see along the way this is definitely a tour for nature lovers.

12. Relax At Little French Key

Little French Key is a private island off the coast of Roatan, Honduras in the Caribbean Sea. It is best known for its picturesque beach and turquoise waters, ideal for snorkeling and kayaking. Visitors can take a Mahogany Bay Cruise from the Cruise Center to reach the island, which is also serviced by other day cruises.

Once at Little French Key, you can relax on the white sand beach or lounge on one of the many hammocks strewn around the property. There are several restaurants and bars that serve international cuisine and drinks for visitors to enjoy. Plus, there are plenty of activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and more.

If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway with stunning views and plenty of activities to enjoy, then Little French Key is an excellent choice.

13. Visit Gumbalimba Park

Gumbalimba Park is a popular destination for visitors to the Caribbean island of Roatan. Located in West Bay, the park is accessible by cruise ship for an excursion or via a taxi from other parts of the island.

At Gumbalimba Park, you can take a zipline tour through the tropical jungle canopy and explore the beaches while snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. The park also features a botanical garden with native plants and wildlife, as well as a replica of a pirate ship complete with cannons and rope bridges.

You can also enjoy live music and traditional Honduran cuisine at the on-site restaurant and bar. Whether you want to relax on the beach or get your adrenaline pumping on an exciting adventure, Gumbalimba Park offers something for everyone! Website for Gumbalimba Park .

14. Take A Scuba Diving Lesson

In Roatan, West Bay Beach offers some of the most beautiful and vibrant coral reefs in the world. Here you can take part in an amazing excursion where you can learn how to scuba dive and explore the barrier reef. With its crystal clear waters, abundance of marine life, and fascinating coral formations, it’s no wonder why so many people come here to take a scuba diving lesson.

15. Port Shopping

The shopping area at Mahogany Bay is filled with many unique stores that are sure to have something for everyone. From souvenirs to local crafts, there is plenty of merchandise to choose from in this duty-free shopping area. After you have finished exploring the shops, you can relax on the nearby beach or take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Roatan.

16. Take An Island Tour

If it’s my first time to an island on a cruise I often like to get an island tour to really understand all the port of call has to offer. A good tour operator guide also knows all the popular places and even off-the-beaten-path locations known mostly to local residents.

17. Swim With Dolphins

Swimming with dolphins at Mahogany Bay, Roatan is an unforgettable experience. During this excursion, you’ll be able to observe dolphins up close in their natural habitats. You’ll also have the chance to see other fish, turtles and even stingrays while you snorkel.

The knowledgeable guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment such as masks and fins. They will also be available to answer any questions and to ensure your safety during the entire duration of your swim with dolphins experience.

18. Catamaran Ride and Snorkeling with BOSS

A catamaran ride with snorkeling is the perfect way to explore the beauty of the ocean around Roatan. With BOSS Excursion, you can take a private or group tour and enjoy the amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. During your tour, you can experience snorkeling while exploring the underwater world.

You will also have access to a variety of activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming in clear turquoise waters. Moreover, you can observe dolphins and other aquatic creatures from above or below the surface.

All this is possible thanks to BOSS Excursion’s professional crew and well-maintained catamarans that provide a safe and comfortable journey for everyone.

Tips on Leaving the Port Area

If you want to really explore Roatan and all it has to offer you will want to get outside of the cruise center. There is one care rental company that serves the entire island or you can take a taxi. The entire island is broken up into zones by the local taxi association.

A trip to Coxen Hole from Mahogany Bay will cost around $20 and all other zones can range from $15-$25. >In Zone A taxi rates will be based on the trip, but as soon as you leave Zone A the pricing will be based on the number of passengers.

Carnival cruise ship in port with Mahogany Bay sign

FAQ on Mahogany Bay

What’s the weather like.

The weather in Roatan is typically warm and sunny, with average temperatures ranging from the mid 70s to mid 80s (Fahrenheit) throughout the year. The island experiences two distinct seasons: a wet season from May to November, and a dry season from December to April.

During the wet season there is often heavy rainfall and occasional storms, while during the dry season the weather is generally sunny and dry.

Who owns Mahogany Bay?

Mahogany Bay is owned by Carnival Corporation, the parent company of Carnival Cruise Line. The company operates Mahogany Bay as a private destination for its cruise ships. The bay was opened as an exclusive port of call for Carnival Cruise Line in 2014.

Since then, it has become a popular destination for cruise passengers looking for a unique Caribbean experience. The bay features a variety of activities and amenities, including shopping, dining, swimming pools, and beaches.

It also serves as a home-port to several of Carnival’s ships that sail from Roatán Island throughout the Caribbean Sea. With its stunning scenery and wide range of activities, Mahogany Bay has quickly become one of the most popular ports of call for Carnival Cruise Line passengers.

Is Mahogany Bay a tender port?

No, Mahogany Bay is not a tender port. It is a cruise port located in Roatan, Honduras and is used exclusively by Carnival Cruise Line. There is room for two cruise ships to dock at the cruise port and there is no need for tenders.

Is Mahogany Bay a private island?

No, Mahogany Bay is not a private island, but simply the cruise port for Carnival Corp. owned ships. It is located in the Caribbean Sea and is part of Roatan, an island in Honduras.

Does Roatan have an airport?

Yes, Roatan has an airport. The Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport (RTB) is located on the island. The airport serves both domestic and international flights, including from the United States.

It has three runways, two of which are paved and one that is a grass runway. The terminal building houses several shops, restaurants, and cafes.What hotels are near Mahogany Bay?

For those who want a relaxing beach day there’s plenty right at the cruise port in Mahogany Bay.  You don’t have to break the bank, and if you bring your own snorkel gear you can enjoy some really great reefs on the cheap. 

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Roatan Cruise Port: Including 40+ Best Things to Do!

Discover Roatan, a hidden gem in the Caribbean and a favorite among cruise enthusiasts.

Our comprehensive guide delves into the logistical nuances of Roatan cruise ports, showcases the variety of cruise lines visiting, and explores over 40 exhilarating activities.

Overview of the Roatan Cruise Ports

Roatan, a verdant island nestled in the Caribbean Sea, is an increasingly popular cruise destination known for its stunning natural beauty and welcoming atmosphere.

The island hosts two main Roatan cruise ports: Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole , also known as the Port of Roatan. Each port offers a unique gateway to the island’s many charms, from breathtaking beaches to lush tropical forests.

Mahogany Bay

Developed by Carnival Corporation, Mahogany Bay is a purpose-built port designed to offer a seamless and immersive experience for cruise passengers.

Situated near Dixon Cove, this port can accommodate up to two large cruise ships simultaneously. It boasts a modern terminal with a range of amenities:

  • Shopping : A variety of shops selling local crafts, jewelry, and souvenirs.
  • Dining : Multiple dining options ranging from quick bites to sit-down restaurants offering local and international cuisine.
  • Beach Access : A stunning 10-acre private beach, accessible via a chair lift or a short walk, provides the perfect spot for relaxation and water sports.
  • Facilities : Restrooms, free Wi-Fi zones, and comfortable seating areas.

Mahogany Bay is designed to offer a convenient and enjoyable experience, with everything a traveler might need just steps from the dock.

Roatan Cruise Port

Coxen Hole (Port of Roatan)

The Port of Roatan, located in Coxen Hole, is the island’s original cruise port and caters to a variety of cruise lines.

It offers a more authentic Roatan experience, with easy access to the island’s local life and culture. The port has been updated to provide excellent facilities to visitors:

  • Shopping and Dining : A range of shops and restaurants are available, featuring local artisans and cuisines that reflect the island’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Transportation Hub : Taxis, buses, and rental services are readily available to take visitors on island tours or to specific attractions.
  • Cultural Experience : Proximity to Coxen Hole town offers a chance to explore local markets, historic sites, and interact with the friendly locals.

Both Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole Roatan cruise ports serve as ideal starting points for exploring Roatan.

They provide not just the convenience of modern facilities but also a glimpse into the island’s vibrant culture and natural splendor. Whether you’re looking for a day of adventure or relaxation, these ports offer easy access to all that Roatan has to offer.

Roatan Cruise Port

Cruise Lines Visiting Roatan

Roatan has become a favored destination for many cruise lines, thanks to its natural beauty, diverse activities, and welcoming locals.

Throughout the year, the island plays host to a variety of cruise lines, each offering unique experiences and itineraries that include Roatan as a key port of call.

List of Major Cruise Lines

  • Carnival Cruise Line : Known for its fun atmosphere, Carnival frequently visits Roatan, docking primarily at Mahogany Bay. Their ships offer a range of onboard activities and shore excursions tailored to explore the island’s attractions.
  • Royal Caribbean International : Royal Caribbean cruises to Roatan offer a blend of luxury and adventure. These cruises often dock at both Mahogany Bay and the Port of Roatan, giving passengers a comprehensive Roatan experience.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) : NCL is renowned for its freestyle cruising concept, and its visits to Roatan reflect this philosophy. The line provides passengers with ample opportunities to explore the island’s natural and cultural highlights.
  • MSC Cruises : Offering a more European flavor, MSC Cruises include Roatan in several of their Caribbean itineraries. Their visits to the island allow passengers to enjoy a day of exploration and relaxation.
  • Celebrity Cruises : Known for its upscale and elegant cruises, Celebrity often includes Roatan in its luxury itineraries. Passengers can enjoy a range of exclusive shore excursions.
  • Disney Cruise Line : Ideal for families, Disney’s cruises to Roatan bring a touch of magic to the island. Their family-friendly activities and excursions make Roatan an exciting stop for guests of all ages.
  • Holland America Line : This line is favored by those seeking a more traditional and relaxed cruising experience. Holland America’s visits to Roatan often focus on the island’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Schedules and Frequencies

  • Peak Seasons : The high season for cruises to Roatan typically runs from October to April, aligning with the Caribbean’s dry season. During this time, the island sees a higher frequency of cruise ships.
  • Length of Stay : Most cruise ships dock in Roatan for one day, arriving in the early morning and departing by late afternoon or early evening. This schedule gives passengers a full day to explore the island’s many attractions.

The variety of cruise lines visiting Roatan ensures that there’s something for everyone, whether it’s a family adventure, a luxurious getaway, or a culturally enriching experience.

Each line offers its own unique take on this Caribbean paradise, providing passengers with a memorable stop on their journey.

Roatan Cruise Port

40 Roatan Cruise Port Excursions

Beach and water activities.

  • West Bay Beach : Relax on the powdery white sands of this world-famous beach.
  • Tabyana Beach : Snorkel amidst colorful coral reefs and vibrant marine life.
  • Half Moon Bay : Explore the underwater wonders through snorkeling and diving.
  • Diving Adventures : Discover Roatan’s renowned dive sites, including Mary’s Place and Blue Channel.
  • Glass-Bottom Boat Tours : Observe marine life without getting wet on a glass-bottom boat.
  • Paddleboarding : Glide along calm coastal waters on a paddleboard.
  • Kayaking : Paddle through mangrove tunnels and tranquil bays.
  • Jet Skiing : Get an adrenaline rush while jet skiing in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Parasailing : Soar above the azure waters for breathtaking views.
  • Fishing Charters : Try deep-sea or reef fishing for a chance to reel in your catch.

Roatan Cruise Port

Adventure and Eco-Tourism

  • Zip-lining : Glide through the rainforest canopy on thrilling zip-line tours.
  • Monkey and Sloth Encounters : Interact with adorable sloths and playful monkeys.
  • Hiking Adventures : Explore lush trails and visit scenic viewpoints.
  • Island ATV Tours : Embark on an off-road adventure through Roatan’s interior.
  • Gumbalimba Park : Discover the park’s botanical gardens, animal encounters, and zip-lines.
  • Horseback Riding : Ride horses along pristine beaches or through tropical forests.
  • Island Buggy Tours : Navigate rugged terrain on guided buggy tours.
  • Zorbing : Experience the thrill of rolling downhill in a giant inflatable ball.
  • Cave Tours : Explore fascinating limestone caves like the Arch’s Iguana Farm Caves.
  • Mangrove Kayak Tours : Paddle through mangrove forests teeming with wildlife.

Cultural and Historical Sites

  • Roatan Museum : Dive into the island’s history and culture at the museum.
  • Gumbalimba Preservation Park : Learn about Roatan’s flora, fauna, and history.
  • Garifuna Cultural Village : Experience the traditions and music of the Garifuna people.
  • Cameo Factory : Witness the art of cameo carving and shop for unique souvenirs.
  • Mayan Eden : Discover the connection between Mayan culture and Roatan.
  • Iglesia de Punta Gorda : Visit a picturesque Garifuna church in Punta Gorda.

Roatan Cruise Port

Shopping and Culinary Experiences

  • Mahogany Bay Market : Shop for souvenirs, crafts, and local products.
  • Local Cuisine : Savor delicious Honduran dishes at beachfront restaurants.
  • Local Markets : Explore local markets for handmade crafts and gifts.
  • Cooking Classes : Learn to prepare Honduran specialties like baleadas and plantain chips.
  • Chocolate and Rum Tasting : Indulge in chocolate and rum tastings at local shops.
  • Cigar Rolling : Witness the art of cigar rolling and purchase hand-rolled cigars.

Relaxation and Wellness

  • Spas and Wellness Centers : Relax with massages, facials, and yoga sessions.
  • Yoga and Meditation Retreats : Find inner peace in serene natural settings.
  • Beachfront Hammocks : Unwind in beachside hammocks with ocean views.
  • Lush Botanical Gardens : Stroll through Carambola Botanical Gardens for tranquility.
  • Sunset Cruises : Enjoy breathtaking sunsets on evening cruise excursions.

Family-Friendly Activities

  • Butterfly Garden and Nature Park : Explore a magical world of butterflies while visiting Roatan cruise port.
  • Iguana Farm : Get up close with iguanas and learn about their habitat.
  • Glass-Bottom Kayaking : Combine kayaking with underwater views for the family.

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Practical Information for Visitors

Before embarking on your Roatan cruise port adventure, it’s essential to have some practical information and cruise tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit to the island. Here’s what you need to know:

Travel Tips and Guidelines

  • Currency : The official currency is the Honduran Lempira (HNL). US dollars are widely accepted, but it’s advisable to carry some local currency for small purchases.
  • Language : Spanish is the official language, but English is spoken and understood in tourist areas.
  • Communication : Consider purchasing a local SIM card for your phone or using international roaming options to stay connected.
  • Climate : Roatan enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. Pack lightweight clothing, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
  • Electricity : The standard voltage is 110V, and the plugs are of the Type A and Type B varieties. It’s a good idea to bring a universal adapter.
  • Tipping : Tipping is customary in Roatan. In restaurants, a 10-15% tip is appreciated. Tip tour guides, drivers, and service staff accordingly.

Safety and Health Precautions

  • Safety : Roatan is generally safe for tourists, but exercise the same precautions as you would in any other destination. Keep an eye on your belongings and avoid displaying expensive items.
  • Health : While tap water is treated, it’s safer to drink bottled water. Apply sunscreen liberally and stay hydrated to avoid sunburn and dehydration.
  • Medical Services : There are medical facilities on the island. Make sure you have travel insurance to cover any unexpected medical expenses.
  • Mosquitoes : Roatan has mosquitoes, so use insect repellent, especially during evenings and when exploring nature.

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  • Taxis : Taxis are readily available at the cruise ports and around the island. Negotiate fares before starting your journey or ask for metered rates.
  • Rentals : Car rentals are available for those who want to explore independently. Remember to drive on the right side of the road.

Local Customs and Etiquette

  • Respect Local Culture : Roatan has a diverse cultural heritage. Respect local customs and traditions, especially when visiting villages and cultural sites.
  • Bargaining : Bargaining is common in markets, but be polite and respectful when negotiating prices.
  • Dress Code : Dress modestly when visiting local communities and religious sites.

Environmental Responsibility

  • Coral Reefs : If snorkeling or diving, avoid touching or damaging the fragile coral reefs. Practice responsible reef etiquette.
  • Plastic Waste : Help protect Roatan’s natural beauty by minimizing plastic waste. Use reusable water bottles and shopping bags.

Local Time Zone

Roatan operates on Central Standard Time (CST), which is UTC-6. Be sure to adjust your watches accordingly.

By keeping these practical tips and guidelines in mind, you can make the most of your visit to Roatan cruise port, ensuring a safe, enjoyable, and culturally enriching experience on this stunning Caribbean island.

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Booking Excursions through Cruise Line vs. Private Company

When visiting Roatan on a cruise, one of the important decisions you’ll need to make is how to plan your onshore excursions.

You have two primary options: booking excursions through the cruise line or opting for a private tour company. Each approach has its pros and cons, and the choice ultimately depends on your preferences and priorities.

Booking through the Cruise Line

  • Convenience : Cruise lines offer a seamless booking process. You can reserve excursions online or onboard the ship, making it hassle-free.
  • Reliability : Cruise line excursions are vetted and coordinated by the cruise company. You can trust that they will be well-organized and adhere to your ship’s schedule.
  • Safety : Cruise lines prioritize passenger safety and have established protocols for excursions. They typically work with reputable tour operators.
  • Guaranteed Return : If your cruise line excursion runs late and causes the ship to depart without you, the cruise line is responsible for getting you to the next port.
  • Variety : Cruise lines offer a range of excursions to suit different interests and activity levels.
  • Cost : Cruise line excursions can be more expensive than booking independently, as the cruise line adds a markup for convenience and coordination.
  • Crowds : Cruise line excursions may have larger groups, potentially reducing the personalized experience.
  • Limited Flexibility : Itineraries and schedules are fixed, leaving limited room for customization.

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Booking through a Private Tour Company

  • Cost Savings : Private tour companies often offer excursions at lower prices, allowing you to get more value for your money.
  • Personalized Experience : Smaller group sizes mean you can enjoy a more personalized and intimate experience.
  • Flexibility : Private tours can often be customized to your preferences, allowing you to explore Roatan at your own pace.
  • Local Knowledge : Local tour guides can provide insights into the island’s culture, history, and hidden gems.
  • Diverse Options : You can choose from a wide range of specialized tours that may not be available through the cruise line.
  • Coordination : You’ll need to coordinate transportation to and from the cruise port, which can be less convenient than cruise line excursions.
  • Safety : While many private tour companies are reputable, there is a degree of responsibility on your part to research and choose a reliable operator.
  • Time Management : Private tours may not adhere to your ship’s schedule as rigorously as cruise line excursions, so you need to be mindful of the departure time.
  • Risk : In the unlikely event of tour delays, the cruise ship may not wait for passengers on private excursions.

Tips for Choosing

To make an informed choice, consider the following tips when looking at Roatan cruise port:

  • Research : Read reviews, check ratings, and gather information about private tour companies to ensure they have a good reputation.
  • Budget : Determine your budget and compare the cost of cruise line excursions with private options.
  • Interests : Choose excursions that align with your interests and the type of experience you seek.
  • Group Size : Consider whether you prefer a larger group experience or a more intimate one.
  • Flexibility : If you value flexibility and customization, private tours may be the better option.
  • Safety : Regardless of your choice, prioritize safety by following the guidance of tour operators and respecting local rules.

Ultimately, both cruise line and private company excursions offer unique advantages.

Your decision should be based on what matters most to you—whether it’s convenience, cost, personalized experiences, or exploring Roatan cruise port’s hidden gems with a local touch.

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Roatan, with its captivating beauty, diverse activities, and warm hospitality, promises a cruise port experience like no other.

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, cultural immersion, or nature exploration, Roatan has something to offer every traveler. From the moment your cruise ship docks at Mahogany Bay or the Port of Roatan, you’ll be greeted with a world of possibilities.

As you embark on your Roatan excursion, remember to savor the flavors of local cuisine, explore the island’s historical and cultural sites, and immerse yourself in its natural wonders.

Whether it’s the adrenaline rush of zip-lining through the jungle, the tranquility of a beachfront hammock, or the awe-inspiring marine life during a snorkeling adventure, Roatan’s charms will leave you with cherished memories.

FAQs – Roatan Cruise Port

General information.

Where is Roatan located?

Roatan is an island located in the Caribbean Sea. It is part of Honduras and is situated off the northern coast of the mainland.

How many cruise ports are there in Roatan?

Roatan has two primary cruise ports: Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole (Port of Roatan).

When is the best time to visit Roatan on a cruise?

The best time to visit Roatan is during the dry season, which typically runs from October to April. These months offer pleasant weather with less chance of rain.

Cruise Lines and Itineraries

Which cruise lines visit Roatan?

Cruise lines that frequently visit Roatan include Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, and Holland America Line, among others.

How long do cruise ships typically stay in Roatan cruise port?

Cruise ships typically dock in Roatan for one day, with the duration of the visit ranging from early morning to late afternoon or early evening.

Can I choose excursions through my cruise line?

Yes, cruise lines offer a variety of excursions that can be booked online before your cruise or onboard the ship.

Port Facilities and Services

What amenities are available at Mahogany Bay cruise port?

Mahogany Bay offers a range of amenities, including shopping, dining options, a private beach, restrooms, free Wi-Fi zones, and comfortable seating areas.

What services can I find at Coxen Hole (Port of Roatan)?

Coxen Hole provides shopping, dining options, transportation services (taxis, buses, rentals), and opportunities to explore the local culture.

Is there free Wi-Fi at the cruise ports?

Both Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole offer free Wi-Fi in designated areas.

Activities and Excursions

What are some popular activities in Roatan during a cruise stop?

Popular activities in Roatan include snorkeling, scuba diving, beach visits, zip-lining, wildlife encounters, hiking, cultural tours, shopping for local crafts, and culinary experiences.

Can I book excursions independently in Roatan?

Yes, you can book excursions independently through local tour operators. This allows for more customization and potentially lower costs compared to cruise line excursions.

Is it safe to participate in water activities like snorkeling and diving?

Yes, water activities in Roatan are generally safe, especially when booking with reputable operators who adhere to safety standards. It’s important to follow safety guidelines and wear appropriate gear.

Practical Information

What currency is used in Roatan, and can I use US dollars?

The official currency in Roatan is the Honduran Lempira (HNL). US dollars are widely accepted, but it’s advisable to have some local currency for small purchases.

Is English spoken in Roatan cruise port?

Yes, English is widely spoken and understood in Roatan, especially in tourist areas.

Do I need a visa to visit Roatan on a cruise?

Most cruise passengers do not require a visa to visit Roatan as long as they stay within the designated port areas. However, it’s essential to check your specific visa requirements based on your nationality.

What should I pack for a day in Roatan?

Pack lightweight clothing, swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, and any necessary travel documents.

Is there a time difference in Roatan?

Roatan operates on Central Standard Time (CST), which is UTC-6.

Safety and Health

Is Roatan a safe destination for cruise passengers?

Roatan is generally safe for tourists. Exercise common safety precautions, such as keeping an eye on your belongings and avoiding displaying expensive items.

Are there any health concerns in Roatan?

While tap water is treated, it’s safer to drink bottled water. Apply sunscreen to protect against sunburn, and stay hydrated in the tropical climate.

Are there medical facilities on the island?

Yes, Roatan has medical facilities, but it’s advisable to have travel insurance to cover any unexpected medical expenses.

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15+ Tips and Things to Know About Visiting Mahogany Bay (Roatan) on a Cruise

Sitting about 30 miles off the coast of mainland Honduras, Roatan is a popular destination for cruise ships — especially those sailing from Galveston, New Orleans, and other ports on the Gulf of Mexico. And within Roatan is a small area surrounding a cruise port known as Mahogany Bay.

Beach view of Mahogany Bay, Roatan

A destination for Carnival ships, if you’re sailing on the cruise line to Roatan, this is where you’ll port. Not only does the spot give you the feel of a private port of call with its own beach, shops, and more, all designed for cruise passengers, but it’s also an ideal starting point to explore the rest of the island.

So whether you want to just relax and work on your tan or you want to go experience one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world, you can do it all from Mahogany Bay. And if you’re visiting the area, there’s plenty you should know before you arrive. Below, we’ve detailed important tips and things to know about visiting Mahogany Bay in Roatan on a cruise.

Map of Mahogany Bay, Roatan

It helps to have an idea of the lay of the land before you get off the ship. Fortunately, the area is relatively small, and the ship is always visible so you don’t run the risk of getting lost. In total, it only takes about 15 minutes to walk completely from one end of the port area to the other, with the ship right in the middle.

Map of Mahogany Bay in Roatan

Go Enjoy the Free Beach (10-Minute Walk)

The first thing you’ll notice as your ship docks is the gorgeous white-sand beach to the east. With green trees, white sand, and blue water, it’s a postcard-perfect view from the ship. The best news? It’s absolutely free to go and enjoy.

Simply head off the ship and hang a right to get over to the sand and water. There you’ll find bars/restaurants, loungers, facilities, and some of the most gorgeous water you can imagine. Hitting the beach is definitely one of the most popular things to do and you’ll find lots of company hanging out, soaking up the sun.

There are Multiple Great Spots for Photos

Photo opportunity in front of a cruise ship

Want a picture in front of the ship? What about a sign for Mahogany Bay? Or a sign that says what you’ll definitely think while you’re there: “I wish I could stay here forever”? There are multiple spots all around the Mahogany Bay area that are perfect for getting those souvenir photos.

And don’t worry about missing them. The only one that’s a little harder to find is a spot in front of the ship, which is on the Nature Trail in Mahogany Bay. All the others are highly visible as you walk from the ship toward the beach.

Think of Mahogany Bay as Two Sections

As mentioned, the port area of Mahogany Bay is designed for cruise passengers. It has everything that you could need and is essentially broken down into two areas.

As you exit, you’ll follow the path to the first section, which is a large open area surrounded by a number of shops, including those selling everything from high-end jewelry to a craft market with locally made goods. There is also an exit here to grab a taxi or tour bus for excursions to other parts of the island, along with a few spots to get a drink.

Then there is a pathway that takes you over to the second section of the port, which is the beach area. It’s just a few minutes walk, or there are alternate ways to get there (more on this below). This section is likely where you’ll spend most of your time should you decide to stay near the ship.

Wi-Fi Access Is Available

Wi-fi access in Mahogany Bay, Roatan

These days you can get Internet access on the ship, but it can be pricey and a bit slow. For instance, buying Carnival’s highest-tier plan will run you about $20 per day during your cruise. If you just want to check in occasionally, then you can wait until you get into port. Most ports have somewhere that you can access wi-fi, and Mahogany Bay in Roatan is no different.

As you exit the ship into the main shopping area, head to the left. There you’ll see a small yellow and green kiosk where you can pay $5 for unlimited wi-fi for the day covering the shopping and beach area. This is way cheaper than what you’d pay on the ship and gives you a chance to check-in back home when you just want access for a few hours.

Forgot Something? There’s a Pharmacy in Port

Inevitably, no matter how much you pack, you’ll forget something. That’s just the way it goes. While ships have shops where you can pick up forgotten items, you’ll find more variety — and usually cheaper prices — if you can wait until you get into port. There, you’ll almost always find a small “pharmacia” selling anything you might need.

That’s the case in Mahogany Bay. If you look in the shopping area of the port, you’ll find a small pharmacy that has lots of toiletries and the such for passengers who need to pick something up while in port.

There’s a Nature Trail to the Beach You Don’t Want to Miss

Nature trail in Roatan

If you are walking over to the beach area, then you have two options to get there. There’s a regular pathway that most people take, but there’s also a nature trail that’s worth checking out.

As you head down the main paved path, you’ll see a rocky path off to the right for the trail. It has some elevation change and uneven ground, so it may not be for everyone. But if you can handle it, the trail takes you slightly back into the woods toward the water. In our visits almost nobody is there at all, giving more peace and quiet. The best part is that it offers some neat views of the ship that most people don’t see.

Don’t Want to Walk? Take the Chair Lift

Chair lift in Roatan

One of the unique features of Mahogany Bay is one you can easily see from the ship. The port offers a chair lift that takes you from the main shopping over to the beach. You catch the lift near the exit from the shopping area. It costs $8 for kids and $14 for adults (though prices may change).

One thing to know is that the ride is a bit slow. It goes at about the same pace as walking but also stops to load and unload passengers. That means being up in the full sun with no shade. It will give you a good view and is a neat experience, but just take note of the weather. If it’s hot and still, you might be more comfortable walking.

“Clamshells” Are a Must on the Beach… Or Find the Shady Spot Farther Down

Shade canopies in Roatan

The beach at Mahogany Bay is beautiful. There’s little doubt that you’ll want to spend some time on it. But you’ll also want some shade. For most people, that means renting one of the “clamshell” covers that are lined up on the beach. They are a bit expensive — $26 for a spot — but it’s worth saving your skin from the sun.

If you want to save some cash, then one tip is to head down the beach a little farther. There you’ll find loungers that are underneath the shade of some small trees. It gives you some relief from the sun and saves your wallet.

Remember, This Is Just a Small Portion of Roatan

For many, visiting Mahogany Bay is idyllic. But if you’re an explorer, then know there is a whole lot more of the island to check out. All told, Roatan is 30 miles from end-to-end, with gorgeous beaches dotted around. If you’re a diver or snorkeler, the area has one of the largest barrier reefs in the world. In other words, it might be worth checking out the excursions offered or set up your own up for when you visit. There’s an entire world out there beyond the port area.

Bring Some Cash Into Port

While Mahogany Bay is for the enjoyment of cruise passengers, it’s not just an extension of the cruise ship. That means unlike some private islands you might visit, you can’t just use your keycard to pay for things in port. Instead, it’s a good idea to bring cash with you. Yes, you can use credit cards, but we like to use cash instead of risking using the card in a place where we are leaving that afternoon.

Drinks/Food Are Available in the Port Area

One the highlights of any port is being able to grab something to eat or drink somewhere other than the ship. While we think the food on a cruise ship is overall pretty good, eating anything for several days in a row can wear on you.

So if you want to hit the beach, the good news is that there is are bars/restaurants that serve cruise passengers… and they are just steps from the sand. Just keep in mind that you’ll pay tourist prices. While many ports offer cheap drink specials for those passing by, with only a few options available, we found the prices were inline with what you’ll pay on the ship.

Want to Hit the Water? Lots of Rentals Are Available

Beach rentals

Sure you can go swimming, but there are plenty of other ways to get out on the water. From kayaks to snorkel gear to paddle boats to personal floats, they are all available for you to rent. Just head over to the beach area and you’ll see the building for rentals

Just be prepared for the prices. Renting snorkel gear cost $20, while a kayak was $34 an hour. Even an umbrella for the beach was $26. Here’s a full list of prices from a recent trip:

  • Snorkel gear: $20/day
  • Floating mat: $9/day
  • Hydro Bike: $30/hour
  • Paddle Board: $30/hour
  • Fun Cat (small boat): $50/hour
  • Sea Clam: $60/day
  • Clamshell: $26/day
  • Sea Hammock: $30/day
  • Aqua Cycle: $26/half hour
  • Aqua Cycle Boat: $60/half hour
  • Paddle Boat: $46/hour
  • Kayak: $34/hour
  • Umbrella: $26/day

There Are Lockers to Store Your Valuables

Want to hit the beach? You can leave your valuables with your stuff, but that means having to keep an eye on things. Instead, there are lockers available for visitors. Head up to the rental station (where things like kayaks and snorkel gear are also for rent). The cost is $6 for a locker, along with a $6 deposit.

Need a Shower or Restroom? Yep, They Are Available

If you’re planning to hit the beach, it’s good to know that showers and restrooms are available to visitors for no charge. You’ll pass the restrooms as you make your way to the beach and go through a “tunnel” between two buildings. Showers are farther down the beach, past the restaurants. There is a line of about 6-8 stations where you can rinse off the sand and salt water. While they are nothing fancy (just a bunch of shower heads lined up), it feels amazing to get all the sand and salt off the body after a day at the beach.

Adventurous? Try “Fish Therapy”

We weren’t brave enough to try it, but many people were — and it was quite the spectacle. Near the beach (right next to the shower heads) is a small building that has several tanks of water lined up. As you walk toward it, you might think that people are just soaking their feet. But a closer inspection reveals there are fish in the tanks.

This is “fish therapy” where people soak their feet and dozens of tiny little fish eat all the dead skin cells. Predictably, the spot had many people talking and lots of people stopping to take a look. It’s something that you don’t see every day, so if you get the chance and have the urge, try it out. Those who tried it raved about it afterward.

Bring a Towel, Keycard, and ID From The Ship

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For a day at the beach you don’t need much, but there are a couple of important things to bring. First, you want to bring a beach towel from the ship. You are allowed to bring them with you (as long as you return it), and it’s something you’ll definitely want as we didn’t see any towels available at Mahogany Bay.

Second, you’ll want to bring your room keycard. This is scanned as you get off the ship (so the staff knows you are onshore when accounting for passengers) so there isn’t a real danger of forgetting it. But, you’ll also need to bring photo ID. The cards and ID are checked as you head to the beach and again as you go to return to the ship to ensure that you’re with the cruise and not a tourist who happened to wander into the wrong area.

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Thank you so very much for sharing.

Where can I go to see monkeys?

What I am looking for nice sandy beach and not rocky? In Aruba we rent a car and drive. just wondering if this is advisable in Rotan?

So if you are on Carnival, you’ll head to Mahogany Bay on Roatan, which is private area for passengers. There is a very nice sandy beach that you’ll see from the ship. If sailing to the other port on the island, then you can make your way to the west end of the island via taxi. I’m sure you could rent a car, but it might be easier just to pay a taxi driver to drive you around for the day.

My second home is on Roatan. One day when a ship was in port, I drove over to Mahogany Bay to check it out. I was able to sneak into the shopping area and looked around, purchasing a few tee shirts. But when I wanted to check out the beach area, I was barred from doing so. As far as I am concerned, that was Carnival’s loss. The one time I landed on Roatan with my friend on a cruise ship, it was with Norwegian and therefore was in Coxen Hole.

I agree with Michael above that this is my favourite island in the Caribbean, bar none. It is lush and tropical with jungle, as opposed to many that are little more than deserts. I tend to stay away from the tourist areas when ships are in port, and there are plenty of other beaches on-island that have few tourists most of the time. The roads sure have improved, especially where my home is, with both routes I can use now being concrete. I just hope that Roatan stays close to what it is now, and not like many of the islands that are just expensive tourist traps.

This is by far my favorite port in the western Caribbean. I have visited approximately 11 times and have to say, as much as there is things to do at the cruise center, venturing beyond the port is a must!

The beach at Mahogany By is man made, yes it’s a nice beach, but nothing like visiting the Little French Key and West Bay Beach.

Nice work on this post tanner, very thorough and informative!

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What to Do in Roatan Honduras in One Day: Guide & Itinerary

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Roatan is a popular cruise port and vacation destination in Honduras. If you are wondering what to do in Roatan or how to plan a day in Roatan, this guide is for you.

I visited Roatan twice in 2022, on two different 7-night Royal Caribbean western Caribbean cruises . In fact, Roatan was my favorite port! After the first trip, I knew I had to go back which led to me booking the same itinerary for later in the year.

On the first trip, we spent the day on an ATV island tour that had stops at some of the best attractions on the island. On the following trip, we visited an eco reserve and beach club. Both visits were amazing and gave me a great idea of the top things to do in Roatan.

If you are visiting Roatan as a cruise port or a standalone vacation, this guide will explain what to do during your time, where to stay, and other travel tips to make your planning easier.

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11 Top Things to do in Roatan Honduras

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With only one day in Roatan, it’s important to prioritize what you want to do. This list of the best things to do in Roatan will help you prioritize what to see and help you practically fit a ton of activities into your port day.

If you are visiting Roatan on a cruise, you need to decide whether to take a cruise-line excursion, a private excursion, or spend the day on your own. This list of what to do in Roatan will help you decide what you want to do, and if it’s easier alone or with a tour.

When deciding between a cruise excursion or local tour, compare price, flexibility, and offerings to decide what works best for you. In the following section, I share my favorite local tours, including the one I took during my day in Roatan.

Roatan Honduras eco adventure park

Customizable Private Island Tour

✅ Local guide

✅ Flexible & customizable

✅ Pickup & drop off from cruise port

Costa Rica ATV tour

ATV Island Tour

✅ 4 activities in 1

✅ Small group

✅ Adventure + relaxation

Coast of Ohau with some rocks, sand, ocean, and two palm trees

Snorkeling the Mesoamerican Reef

✅ 3 snorkeling spots

✅ Roundtrip transportation

✅ Light refreshments

1. Customizable Private Island Tour

⭐️  RATING:  4.8/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:  6 hours | ✅  Book it!

This tour is a great way to do a lot of the top things to do in Roatan in one day with the help of a local guide. The tour includes a visit to a local community with time to shop and explore.

After this, you can customize your tour to do any 3 of the following activities: zipline, animal sanctuary, horseback riding, glass-bottom boat, snorkeling, parasailing, botanical garden.

While you can do most of these activities on your own, doing them through a customizable tour will make it easier to get between activities and learn about the island from your local guide.

“Very nice tour! Mary told us a lot of interesting things about the island! I can only recommend!” -Thorsten from Germany ( Read more reviews )

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2. ATV Island Tour

⭐️  RATING:  4.3/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   5 hours | ✅  Book it!

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One of the best ways to tour the island is on an ATV. The roads around the island circle the coast and wind through the mountainous jungles. On an ATV, you can visit local sites, see local neighborhoods, and check out the amazing views.

This combo ATV tour is what I did during my day in Roatan, and I highly recommend it. This tour includes an ATV tour of the island with stops at an animal sanctuary, ziplining, a run and chocolate factory, and a beach club to round out your day. I love this tour because it allows you to see nearly every highlight of the island in only one day.

“We were super excited to see the animals and hold a sloth !! Wow…. We were all blown away.” -Courtney from USA ( Read more reviews )

3. Snorkeling the Mesoamerican Reef

Pile of snorkel fins and mask on a sandy beach

⭐️  RATING:  5/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   3 hours | ✅  Book it!

The Roatan Barrier Reef is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world. Because of this, Roatan is a fantastic destination for snorkeling.

This snorkeling tour visits three spots – natural starfish habitat, a blue channel coral reef, and a shipwreck. Between these three locations, you will witness the best of Roatan’s reef.

The tour includes roundtrip transportation from the port or your hotel, the boat ride, snorkeling equipment, and a light snack.

If you plan to snorkel, be sure to utilize reef-safe sunscreen .  

“This was our favorite excursion. Our driver Desmond took good care of us. Instructions for meeting point was clear. The snorkeling was very nice with beautifully clear water.” -Cris ( Read more reviews )

4. Beach Horseback Riding Tour

Close up shot of a girl petting a horse's head

⭐️  RATING:  5/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   1 hour | ✅  Book it!

I’m a self-proclaimed horse girl. I grew up with my own horse and rode all the time. I love whenever there is an opportunity to ride on vacation. This Mahogany Bay horseback riding tour is hard to beat.

If you want a shorter tour during your day in Roatan, this is a great option. It can be combined with a beach day or just extra time on your cruise ship.

This horseback riding tour is 60 minutes and includes a beach and jungle ride with roundtrip transportation from the port.

“By the end of the ride our son was asking to go again. The staff was also friendly enough to include a free ride from the boat and back to it. I highly recommend this place.” -John ( Read more reviews )

5. Local Cuisine & Island Tour

⭐️  RATING:  4.5/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   4-6 hours | ✅  Book it!

This tour is a great way to get a “taste” of the island. It combines stops at local eateries to sample local cuisine with a traditional island tour.

The tour starts with a visit to the city, rum factory, and chocolate factory to taste local delicacies. Then, you will head to a beach bar for lunch and relaxation time.

I love that this tour includes sightseeing with relaxation.

“Hayman Webster was our tour guide and our new friend. He was so knowledgeable, accommodating and fun. We enjoyed seeing the island, the culture and meeting the locals.” -Mary ( Read more reviews )

6. Cooking Class from a Local

⭐️  RATING:  5/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   2 hours | ✅  Book it!

This cooking class is the perfect way to experience local culture. Learn from a local chef how to make popular Honduran dishes such as Stewed chicken in coconut milk, rice and beans, chimol and fried green plantains.

The chef will teach you how to prepare a three course meal, then you will be able to enjoy your feast. There’s even an option to help shop for the groceries at a local market.

Note that this tour takes place in your own condo or hotel, so may not be the best option for a cruise passenger. Reach out to the host for more details.

“Carrie was super friendly and happy cooking, explaining the recipes, and sharing about local life in Roatan. Definitely glad we did this experience!!! “-Dawny ( Read more reviews )

7. Scuba dive Tour with 2 stops

⭐️  RATING:  5/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   4 hours | ✅  Book it!

If you are scuba certified, this tour cannot be missed. As I mentioned above, the Roatan Reef is one of the highlights of the island.

While snorkeling is great, scuba allows you to get even closer to the amazing wildlife. This tour is for certified divers only, and visits two amazing locations.

The tour includes all of the scuba equipment, the boat ride, and roundtrip transportation from the cruise port or your hotel.

“May and the team provided the best dive experience we ever had. The equipment is very nice and well maintained and having May as a guide really gave our family the best of the best dive experience we’ve had so far!” -Jonathan ( Read more reviews )

8. Spend the day at one of the best beaches in Roatan

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A relaxing beach day is one of the best ways to spend your time in Roatan. The aqua blue Caribbean waters and fine, white sand make it a true tropical oasis.

I recommend taking a taxi to one of the below beaches, renting a beach chair, and spending the day with a drink in hand. You can also spend a half day at the beach and half your day doing another activity on this list.

Some of the best beaches in Roatan are:

  • Little French Key
  • West Bay Beach

We spent a half day at Tabyana beach club at West Bay Beach. The beach club offers great service at your beach chair and a restaurant with good food. In addition, it has some of the best snorkeling on the island.

In fact, some fellow cruisers shared that they take this same cruise itinerary multiple times a year solely to visit this specific beach club for snorkeling. Snorkels can be rented from a vendor at the beach club at an hourly or daily rate.

9. Sloth and Monkey Sanctuary

sloth and monkey sanctuary roatan

The Sloth and Monkey sanctuary near the port is on almost every tour itinerary. The sanctuary allows you to interact with rescued animals and learn all about them.

I am always tentative to recommend animal experiences because it is hard to know if the animals are treated well and if they should be in captivity.

Based on my experience, the animals are cared for, have thoughtful enclosures, and are at the sanctuary due to medical conditions that aren’t compatible with the wild. However, you should do your own research before visiting this location.

10. Chocolate Factory Tour

While chocolate isn’t produced in Roatan, it is very popular in mainland Honduras. There are a few chocolate factories on the island that have tours that explain how chocolate is produced and provide tasting. While many tours include a stop at a chocolate factory, you can easily do this on your own.

The best chocolate factories on the island are :

  • The Roatan Chocolate Factory
  • Mayak Chocolates

11. Chocolate Making Class

⭐️  RATING:  5/5 Stars | ⏳  TOUR LENGTH:   2-3 hours | ✅  Book it!

If you’re a chocolate lover, go one step past visiting a chocolate factory and take this chocolate making class . In this tour, you will learn all about the history of choclate, learn how to make it, and have a chocolate tasting experience.

Following the tour, you will be able to take your homemade chocolate bar home as a super tasty and unique souvenir.

This tour also includes roundtrip transportation from the cruise port.

“We had a WONDERFUL time with Dani in the Chocolate Making class. He is a wealth of knowledge and shared so much with us” – Tracy ( Read more reviews )

Where to Stay in Roatan

If you aren’t visiting Roatan on a cruise, the below resorts are amazing options of where to stay on the island. Both have great beachfront access and pools which are my two priorities when choosing where to stay in a tropical destination.

Grand Roatan Caribbean Resort – The Grand Roatan Caribbean Reso rt is a smaller, boutique hotel with the pool area of a mega-resort. The resort in on one of the whitest sand beaches I’ve ever seen, and they offer snorkeling and other ocean activities on-site. Each room is apartment style with a separate bedroom and kitchen area, making it feel like a home away from home.

Barefoot Cay Resort – The Barefoot Cay Resort is another great hotel in Roatan. The grounds are bright, white, and tranquil. The resort has traditional hotel rooms and oceanfront Villas. The Villas would be the perfect place to stay for a special occasion such as a honeymoon.

How to Get to Roatan

In addition to arriving on a cruise ship, there are two main ways to get to Roatan. The first is flying into the international airport. There are domestic flights from mainland Honduras and even some direct flights from the United States.

If you are visiting Roatan from mainland Honduras, you can opt to take the Galaxy Wave ferry with two daily trips between La Cieba and Roatan. The ferry ride is just over an hour long and costs around $20-$30 per person.

Transportation around the Island

The best way to get around Roatan is by taxi. They are easy to find, safe, and reliable. Before you begin a trip, be sure to agree on a fare or ensure the meter is running.

If you are visiting for more than one day, you can choose to rent a car. However, drivers in Roatan are very aggressive and I would not personally feel safe driving. If you decide to drive, keep an eye out for oncoming traffic passing in your lane.

Quick Facts about Roatan

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When to Visit – Roatan has consent temperatures of around 80 degrees all year. Outside of hurricane season, from August to November, Honduras is a great year-round destination.

How Long to Visit – One day in Roatan is enough time to get a taste of the island, but I recommend visiting for a long weekend to allow yourself time to explore. If you aren’t visiting a cruise, you will likely want to spend at least 3full days to make your transit to and from the island worth your time.

Currency – The official currency in Roatan is the Honduras Lempira which is valued at 1 USD = 25 Lempira. However, US dollars are widely accepted.

Language – The official language in Roatan is Spanish, but English is spoked in every tourist site, on tours, and in most stores.

Safety – Roatan is a generally safe destination. As with any foreign country, keep minimal valuables on you, be aware of your surroundings, and avoid going out alone after dark.

Summary of What to Do in Roatan in One Day

Overall, if you are wondering what to do in Roatan, the focus should be on seeing the island, exploring the water and jungle, and getting to know the local culture.

If you only have one day in Roatan, I highly recommend the above ATV combo tour to achieve this. Your day will be busy, informative, and adventurous. You will leave the island with a good understanding of what it has to offer.

If you are staying in Roatan for a weekend or longer, I highly recommend hitting all the above activities. Roatan is a beautiful, tropical, destination with so much to explore and discover.

For more information on cruising and other nearby ports, check out my complete guide to a Western Caribbean cruise .

FAQ- The Top Things to Do in Roatan Honduras

Roatan is an island located just off the coast of Honduras in Central America. It’s known among tourists for its pristine beaches, lush jungles, and vibrant coral reefs. The island’s crystal-clear waters are home to a variety of marine life, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. Roatan also offers adventurous activities like zip lines and kayaking tours through its mangroves.

Roatan Honduras is an island that offers the perfect escape for travelers who want to experience a relaxing yet exciting vacation. With pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and plenty of activities, Roatan is a great cruise port or vacation destination.

Roatan, located off the coast of Honduras, is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. The cost of living on the island is quite high, and that’s reflected in everything from accommodation costs to food prices. This is because Roatan is an island and everything must be imported, which adds additional costs.

Roatan is a great Caribbean island destination, and one of the best places to stay on the island is West Bay Beach. This area offers stunning views of the pristine white sand beaches along with an abundance of activities including snorkeling, jet skiing, and parasailing. The resorts here are top-notch, offering luxurious amenities like outdoor pools and beachside bars. The nightlife scene in West Bay Beach is lively as well, with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from.

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21 Great Things To Do In Roatán Honduras When On A Cruise

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Are you ready for an adventure like no other? I have found that Roatán, Honduras, is a hidden gem in the Caribbean that offers a plethora of exciting activities for cruise ship tourists like yourself. This is one of my absolute favorite ports when I am cruising. I am here to help you find the best things to do in Roatán Honduras when on a cruise.

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature lover, or a history buff, this tropical paradise has something for everyone to enjoy. From exploring vibrant coral reefs to ziplining through lush rainforests, the possibilities for unforgettable experiences are endless. Oh, and one of my favorites, is spending time holding monkeys and sloths!

So grab your sunscreen, put your adventurous spirit, and let’s dive into the great things you can do in Roatán Honduras when on a cruise!

Quick Hits For Roatán Cruise Excursions

In a hurry and looking for the best things to do in Roatán Honduras when on a cruise right away? These can help you get your fun faster. These are some of the best ways to spend a day in Roatán.

  • This is a great all-in-one tour that hits the best of Roatán – Roatán Monkey & Sloth Tour With Chocolate, Rum Testing And Beach
  • Amazing Snorkeling Adventure – Roatán 3 Stop Snorkeling Adventure, Shipwreck, Starfish & Blue Channel
  • Best of Land and Sea – Snorkeling, Monkey & Sloth Park, West Bay Beach – Private Driver

Colorful Roatan sign on the beach with blue sky behind it for Roatan Honduras when on a cruise

The Basics To Know Of Roatán

When visiting Roatán, it’s important to know a few basics. Roatán is a tropical paradise island located just north of mainland Honduras. It is known for its thrilling activities, stunning nature, and rich history.

For the majority of cruisers from The United States, speaking with locals in Roatán won’t be much trouble. The official language in Roatán is English, with the secondary language being Spanish.

The local currency is the Honduran Lempira, so exchanging some currency before your trip is a good idea. But it is not necessary, as most places take your credit card. I found that when visiting I did not need to exchange beforehand. However, if I was staying for a few days to a week, I would definitely exchange it for the Honduran Lempira.

Roatán is located on the Caribbean Sea , surrounded by crystal-clear waters and breathtaking beaches. The island is also located in the Central Standard Time Zone.

Should you drive while exploring the island? I personally recommend relying on local transportation options or hiring a driver, as the roads can be challenging to navigate for visitors.

So get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Roatán, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and indulge in thrilling experiences.

A Brief History Of Roatán

Roatán Island was originally inhabited by relation to the tribal peoples of the Paya, the Maya, the Lenca, or the Tolupan, tribes from mainland Honduras. Once the Spanish took over the area, Roatán was devasted by the slave trade and disease.

Between 1550 and 1700, Roatán was occupied by the English. This occupation included English, Dutch, and French pirates who would attack Spanish ships leaving the mainland.

In the 1830s, Roatán Island was populated by people of the Cayman Islands. The majority of those living today on the island can trace their roots back to this moment. They came over after the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act. Former slave owners and slaves both came over to settle Roatán Island.

In the 1850s, the British turned Roatán Island over to Honduras. Since then the island has been an English-speaking island with its strong British history. However, over the last 100 years, many Spanish-speaking migrants from the mainland have been moving to Roatán to call it home.

Things To Do In Roatán Honduras When On A Cruise

Rusty ship in the bay with other boats around it and trees in the background when in Roatan Honduras when on a cruise

Now that you have pulled into port, what do you do now? Roatán has a lot of choices of things to do when on a cruise. Find a beach and relax or go on an adventure but make this port your everything you can.

You have a few options on what to do here. Stay on the ship, just check out the cruise port area, or venture out and discover the beautiful island.

Roatán is one of my favorite places to visit. I can’t get enough of things to do. Use this list to help you plan out your perfect getaway while in Roatán Honduras when on a cruise.

Special Note: If you are looking for some great tips when cruising for what you should expect, check out this page by my friend,  Semi Pro Cruiser  for all your needs while on board.

Beaches To Go To In Roatán Honduras When On A Cruise

Beautiful beach with sand and blue sky and water with people enjoying in Roatan Honduras when on a cruise

Beaches are one of the best and most popular things to do when on a cruise. And going to the beach in Roatán is no different. To be honest, the beaches here and the water are perfect in my opinion. When I always think of what the Caribbean looks like, this is the place.

Check out these beaches to find a little paradise while in Roatán.

Mahogany Bay

When you get to the port, one of the biggest questions is, “Can you walk to the beach from the cruise port in Roatán?”

The simple answer is, Yes! Mahogany Bay is walkable and next to the cruise port. At this beach, you will be able to relax on the beach and use the lounge chairs at no cost. This is the best choice if you do not want to venture too far away from your cruise ship.

The best bet for walking to the beach from the cruise port.

West Bay Beach

You will find West Bay Beach to be about a 25-40-minute drive from the cruise port. This is my favorite beach while visiting and it is beautiful as you can see from the photo above.

Along the beach, you can find restaurants and bars to make your beach day a little more fun. Or look for more adventure and pay a little bit to go parasailing or paddle boarding.

Little French Key

The best is to visit their website and select a package that works best for you. Take part in adventures that include: the beach, an animal rescue center tour, kayaks and paddle boards, and so much more. Take a look at the options HERE . Packages start at $69 for a day trip.

Half Moon Bay

Lots of restaurants line the beach as well giving you many possibilities for options as you spend your day relaxing in the sun. This beach is not too big so it is possible that it could be filled with people when you visit. But it is completely worth visiting.

Visit An Animal Sanctuary

The Traveling Drifter holding a sloth

Roatán has some great animal sanctuaries. Have you ever wanted to hold a sloth or a monkey? There are a few places around the island that will let you visit to do this. Doing this is one of my favorite things to do.

Most sanctuaries will cost you between $10 – $35 per visit. However, you will have to pay for a taxi to get there and you will only spend about an hour at one of the places. I suggest checking out some of the tours below that group these sanctuaries together with other great adventures on Roatán.

It is great to get up and personal with some of these amazing animals and hold them. You will get to see some beautiful birds as well in these locations. But sloths…. Need I say more?

Fun Things To Do In The Water

With being an island, Roatán offers many things to do in and on the water. You will find a plethora of activities to do such as kayaking, paddle boarding, exploring on a glass-bottom boat, and so much more.

Catamaran and boat tours are a blast to take on the crystal clear water. But, Roatán is best viewed underwater. This island is a scuba diver’s or snorkeler’s dream.

Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

Roatán Island is an underwater paradise if you love to scuba dive or snorkel. The main reason for this is because of the Roatán Barrier Reef. This reef is a part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second-largest reef in the world.

Because of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, this will give divers some of the best underwater views. You will see amazing coral life, schools of fish, and everything that makes the underwater world incredible.

Take advantage of the breathtaking Roatán Barrier Reef with these tours.

  • Roatan 3 Stop Snorkeling Adventure, Shipwreck, Starfish & Blue Channel – Enjoy a great snorkeling adventure with three different locations to explore. This tour provides snorkeling equipment and transportation.
  • Cruise Excursion – 2 Scuba Dives With Transport (For Certified Divers) – This amazing tour picks you up at your port and provides you with all your scuba gear. Explore the Mesoamerica Barrier Reef and wrecks. Enjoy all the sites under the surface.
  • Boat And Snorkeling In West End (Blue Channel, The Aquarium, Turtle Crossing) – Enjoy exploring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef with The Captain of the boat as he will provide you with all your snorkel gear. He will show you breathtaking underwater landscapes and a great turtle crossing spot. Enjoy this adventure as you take in the sights of all the underwater life.

Catamaran Cruise

A great way to enjoy the beautiful water of Roatán is by taking a Catamaran Cruise tour. Sit back and enjoy the sun beating down while on the water, have some drinks, and jump in the water to cool down or to snorkel.

Enjoy this amazing tour as they pick you up from the cruise port to get your tour started. You will be taken out to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef to relax and enjoy everything on the Catamaran or jump in and explore the reef with snorkel gear provided to you.

Get on this tour now to enjoy this amazing Catamaran Cruise on the water.

  • Catamaran Cruise, Open Bar, Food and Snorkeling

Other Things To Do On The Water In Roatán Honduras When On A Cruise

If you are not into snorkeling or scuba diving, there are still some great things to do on the water while visiting Roatán.

If you are into kayaking, there are some great options to pick from to explore the water.

Here are some great options to do on the water.

  • Hydrobikes & Snorkeling With Private Island At Your Leisure – Take a trip out to a private area of French Cay and explore the area on Hydrobikes. This is a laid-back trip where you can lay out on the beach, snorkel, or ride hydrobikes at your own pace. They will pick you up and get back to your ship 2 hours before it leaves port.
  • Roatan Shore Excursion: Kayak Harbor Adventure and Reef Snorkel – Enjoy this amazing kayak tour as you are taken out to French Cay to explore the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. This is a small group tour and your gear is provided to you including your kayak. Kayak the water and take the amazing views on this amazing tour.

Great Roatán Cruise Excursions

Chocolate sign on a pyramid in the grass with a tree behind it

These great Roatán cruise excursions will be a perfect way to spend one day in Roatán. Most tours like to group many of the things I have talked about into one big tour. I have always liked these because it feels like you are getting the best of Roatán.

If you are finding it hard to choose between a beach and seeing sloths or snorkeling and horseback riding, then these great Roatán cruise excursions will be your best tours.

Amazing All-In-One Tours To Get The Best Of Roatán

White faced monkey looking between wood planks

Choosing any one of these great Roatán cruise excursions will make your one day in Roatán a perfect day in one of my favorite places. Click any of the links below to get your tours to enjoy your Roatán adventure.

  • Roatan Monkey & Sloth Tour With Chocolate, Rum Testing And Beach – Enjoy this great tour with stops at the highest point of the island, Mayan Eden Sanctuary, a chocolate factory, a rum cake factory, and West Bay Beach.
  • Roatan Shore Excursion: Monkeys, Sloths, And Snorkel Adventure – Take this trip to see the best of Roatán’s wildlife above and below the sea. See sloths, monkeys, and parrots on land, then see all the amazing sea life under the water as you snorkel the Roatán Barrier Reef.
  • Roatan Half-Day Horseback Riding, Zip Line Monkey & Sloths And Snorkel – Talk about a day of adventure if you are spending one day in Roatán. Explore the jungle while on horseback, then soar over the trees on a zip-line, see amazing animals at a sanctuary, and then cool off in the water with a great snorkel adventure.
  • Shore Excursion: Half-Day Glass Bottom Boat Tour With Monkey, Sloths Hang-Out – Interested in seeing the beautiful Roatán Barrier Reef but don’t like to snorkel or scuba dive? Then this is perfect for you. See everything under the water with a glass-bottom boat then enjoy sloths, monkeys, and parrots at a sanctuary after.
  • Sloths Sanctuary/Monkeys Play + Dune Buggy/ATV Adventure & Private Beach Resort – Another great rugged adventure tour. Enjoy meeting some of the best animals at a sanctuary. Then tackle the mud and dirt with a fun-filled ATV adventure through through the jungle. After you will be able to relax on a private beach until you return to your ship.
  • ATV, Zipline, Sloth Park And Beach – Here is a great adventure tour if you are looking for the best of what Roatán offers on land. Get your adrenaline going with ATVs and ziplining through the jungle then relax by seeing some of Roatán’s best animals like sloths and monkeys. After, relax the rest of the time on the beach before heading back to your cruise ship.
  • Private Tour Knowing Roatan With Professional Guide – Not looking to tour Roatán with a bunch of people? Take this private tour with just your group and see the best of what Roatán has to offer. Check out a chocolate factory, rum company, West End Beach, a craft shop, and an animal sanctuary to hold sloths! You will end this tour at Coxen Hole where you can zipline, horseback ride, or find another adventure. This is a great option if you have a large group as well.

Shopping And Eating When In Roatán Honduras

There are some great options when you are looking for a little retail therapy when visiting Roatán. There are plenty of places to visit to bring home the perfect gift for yourself your someone else.

Roatán Island also offers plenty of great options for delicious food and quenching drinks. Enjoy a little bit of island paradise while you indulge in the flavors of Roatán Honduras.

Sometimes I get a real feel for a place when I am immersed with locals in the markets or while I am tasting and drinking local flavors that make each place unique. You can always get a closeness of a place with their food and drink in my opinion.

When it comes to shopping in Roatán, you will be able to find plenty of small shops all around the tourist areas. You will find that most of the shops are based around jewelry, knick-knacks, and other souvenir items.

Look for the best shops in Coxen Hole and West End. A great spot is French Harbor which hosts the Mega Plaza Mall. This is the spot to hit if you are in search of some real retail therapy.

If you don’t feel like venturing out too far from the ship, you will be able to find plenty of shops at Mohagany Bay or the Port Of Roatán.

Food And Drink

If you are looking to indulge in some great local seafood and sit back with a drink, Roatán has some great options for you. I recommend heading out to West End or West Bay Beach to find something that is perfect for you.

I personally love to find small restaurants or bars on West Bay Beach. It just feels great to sit at an outside location with the water about 100 feet from you taking it all in.

There are so many options from local cuisine to international food to choose from while you are searching. Explore the areas and find what looks good for you on that day. When it comes to food on Roatán, I like to let my eyes and nose choose what to eat by seeing and smelling what looks great at the moment.

Other Things To Do In Roatán Honduras When On A Cruise

There is a great spot just off West Bay Beach called Gumbalimba Park. This park is set on 20 acres of land with beachfront access. You will see free-roaming macaws, white-faced monkeys, and iguanas.

Gumbalimba Park has a pool, museum, botanical gardens, and an animal interaction center. Look to be able to do many adventure activities as well like horseback riding and zip lining. This is a great all-in-one place to go, especially if you are visiting as a family.

  • Click Here For Tickets To Gumbalimba Park

Is Roatán Walkable?

Large turtle on top of a building with balconies

Roatán Island is about 48 miles long with lush forest throughout it and the popular areas are spread throughout the island. Is Roatán walkable? The easy answer is no but with a yes.

The “no” part of the answer. To get to places like West Bay Beach or West End you will need to take a taxi. You will find that taxis usually run around $20 for one passenger and an additional $10 for each other passenger. Of course, this can fluctuate at any time.

But, once you arrive in the area you are going to, then the answer is “yes”. You will be able to walk around the areas with ease.

Another “yes” part is that there are plenty of things to see and do around Mohagany Bay (for Carnival ships) and the Port of Roatán (other cruise ships). There is a beach that is about a 10-minute walk from the cruise ports and lots of options for food and shopping within the area too.

The best way to do it though, is to sign up with a tour that will get you to where you are going. They usually pick up at or near the cruise port and will return you. It is a great way to take the worry out of your mind and enjoy your time in Roatán.

Is Roatán Safe?

I do get asked a lot if Roatán is safe. Personally, I have felt safe there. If you stay in the tourist areas with all the other cruisegoers, you will feel safe as well. Of course, like every city, there are areas that are less safe than others.

I recommend staying in groups and not trying to venture out by yourself unless you are in a high-tourist traffic area. Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings.

Again, I have felt safe when visiting Roatán Island in the past. Also, if you take tours, the companies are built on reviews and will not want to put any guest in harm’s way.

Is Roatán Honduras Worth Visiting?

Large blue chair that says, "I love Roatan" on it with trees behind it in Roatan Honduras when on a cruise

So, is Roatán Honduras worth visiting? In my opinion, absolutely yes! Roatán is one of my favorite places in The Caribbean.

As you can see from the information I have provided, there are many things to see and do while visiting Roatán Honduras on a cruise.

In fact, with so many options to do in Roatán, I recommend visiting the island as many times as possible to try everything.

And as highlighted above, if you are a scuba diver or snorkeler, Roatán Island is a diver’s dream location. It has the second largest barrier reef in the world, The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Just seeing that alone is worth coming to Roatán Honduras.

I will say this to answer the question, I can’t wait to go back!

Things Ton Do In Roatán Honduras When On A Cruise: In Conclusion

In conclusion, Roatán Island in Honduras is a true paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers. The breathtaking beaches, teeming with colorful marine life, offer an unforgettable experience. But Roatán offers more than just underwater wonders for those looking for great things to do in Roatán Honduras when on a cruise.

Whether you’re seeking thrilling adventures or simply looking to relax on pristine beaches, Roatán has it all. From zip-lining through the lush rainforest to seeing monkeys and sloths, there is an endless array of activities to suit every traveler’s interests.

So why wait? Get off your cruise ship, explore Roatán Honduras, and create memories that will last a lifetime. With so much to see and do in Roatán Honduras when on a cruise, this island is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking adventure, relaxation, and the beauty of nature.

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10 Things to do in Mahogany Bay: Roatan Cruise Port

T he island of Roatan is a small island off the coast of Honduras, and it’s home to Mahogany Bay Cruise Port. Boasting stunning beaches, lush jungles, and spectacular coral reefs, Mahogany Bay is known as one of the world’s most beautiful ports of call.

Visitors to Mahogany Bay can experience a variety of activities, from kayaking and snorkeling to exploring the nearby Mayan ruins.

There are also plenty of shopping and dining options nearby, including local souvenir shops, ice cream parlors, and restaurants serving up some of the freshest seafood around.

When you visit Mahogany Bay Cruise Port be sure to take a stroll down the picturesque Mahogany Boardwalk, with its scenic views of the Caribbean Sea and plenty of opportunities to take in all the sights and sounds.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day at the beach or an exciting adventure in Honduras, Mahogany Bay Cruise Port makes it easy to experience it all.

How to get to Mahogany Bay

Mahogany Bay cruise terminal in Roatan is owned by the Carnival Corporation. They have spent millions of dollars building up this small port to make it one of the most popular ports of call on a western Caribbean cruise itinerary.

The cruise lines that offer itineraries to Mahogany Bay are:

  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Holland America
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Thomson Cruises
  • Costa Cruises

Check for Cruise Deals to Roatan by clicking here

Things to do at the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center

One of the reasons Roatan is such a popular destination for many cruise guests is that you can have a fun day without ever leaving the port area.

When your cruise ship arrives in the port of Roatan, the first thing you will see is the 20-acre welcome center. Here, you can shop for souvenirs, grab some food, or meet with your ship-sponsored Roatan cruise excursions.

1. Free Beach Day

If you are looking for a beach day, you can head to the beautiful Mahogany Bay Beach. This is a man-made beach, but offers a beautiful sandy bay, with white sand and decent snorkeling opportunities.

You can also play beach volleyball and enjoy water activities.

To get to the beach you have a free option and a paid option. The free option is walking along the nature trail to get to the beach.

Once there, you can take advantage of free lounge chairs and beach mats.

2. Ride a Magical Flying Chair

If you are looking for a fun way to get to the beach, be sure and upgrade to ride on a magical flying beach chair.

The Magical Flying Chair is a 10-minute ride that takes you 67 feet in the air above crystal-clear waters, over the treetops, and directly to the white sand beach.

The fee to ride the chair lift is $14 for adults, $8 for kids 4-12, and free for kids under 3. The fee allows a day pass with unlimited rides. Look for the pink building at the welcome center for lift tickets.

* You must be at least 32 inches tall to ride, and there is a 600-pound maximum weight per chair.

Once you are at Mahogany Beach you can relax with a massage.

If you would like to have a more intimate experience, there are 8 exclusive cabanas on a semi-private beach area. You can book these cabanas through the excursion department of your cruise line.

Things To Do From Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan

If you are like me, the first thing you want to do when visiting a popular port of call is to get the heck away from the cruise terminal!

I love to book with local tour operators whenever possible to explore local restaurants, and local culture, help support the local economy, and really escape the crowds.

Luckily, Roatan is the perfect place to get out and explore! If you book an excursion that is not affiliated with your cruise line it is a good idea to check reviews and do your research.

I use Trip Advisor to check reviews. I also book with companies I trust such as Shore Excursion Group , and Viator .

See Roatan Shore Excursions Here

When you book an excursion in Roatan with one of the local tour companies you’ll need to exit the cruise center to meet up with them.

To do this, walk through the main shopping area and out the gate. You’ll take a short walk down a hill and see all of the tour guides waiting for you.

They are allowed to drop you off in the cruise center though, so after your excursion, you’ll be able to hop right back on your cruise ship or do a bit of shopping.

So, if you do get away from the port and want to explore Roatan, these are some of the best things to do!

3. Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth hangout

This is one of the best excursions I have ever done, not just on Roatan, but in any of our travels!

My kids still talk about it, and I’ve booked numerous clients on excursions here, and they all name it as their favorite cruise day too!

If the idea of snuggling with a cuddly sloth, and playing with cheeky monkeys named after Jersey Shore actors sounds fun, you can read about our experience and get more information on Daniel Johnson by reading this post .

Click Here to Book your day at Daniel Johnsons Monkey and Sloth Hangout

4. Scuba Diving or Snorkeling

Roatan is one of the most popular dive sites in the world. Just offshore lies the mesoamerican barrier reef, the 2nd largest coral reef in the world.

Enjoy the gorgeous water and interesting marine life in the shallow waters around Roatan Island. This destination is perfect for exploring coral gardens, sunken ships, caves, and more! We saw starfish, pufferfish, lobster, and so much more.

Book Snorkeling in Roatan

5. Little French Key

Little French Key is one of the more popular experiences for cruisers in Roatan. They offer scuba diving, snorkeling , kayaking, jet ski rental, massages, manicure, pedicures, horseback riding, sunbathing, and some of the best rope swings on Roatan. For animal lovers, there is a mini zoo with macaws, parrots, and monkeys.

6. West Bay Beach

Located on the west end of Roatan Island, West Bay is one of the most popular hangouts for visitors.

Here you’ll find all kinds of sightseeing tours, including glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling tours, food, and shopping.

7. Zip Line Tour

There are a few tour operators that offer ziplining on Roatan, we chose to use Pirates of the Caribbean. It is super fun, and they are friendly and safe.

Read more about our ziplining day in Roatan here . Soaring over. the canopy while seeing views of the beautiful island is an adventure you won’t soon forget.

Click here to book ziplining in Roatan

8. Gumbalina Park

Gumbalina Park includes a museum, a pool, an animal interaction center, a botanical garden, and a waterfront filled with water and submarine activities.

9. See Iguanas

Visit Arch’s Iguana& Marina Park to see and interact with over 4000 iguanas! you can also see monkeys, macaws, and parrots, and feed tarpon and sea bass. This animal sanctuary can be combined with other activities on the island too!

Click to Book Iguanas, Monkeys, Sloths, and Snorkeling !

10. Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in Roatan is a great way to explore the island. You can take rides on the beach or guided tours of various beaches, rivers, and trails.

It’s also possible to book horseback riding tours that include visits to Mayan Ruins and other attractions. Whether you’re an experienced rider or novice, there are plenty of happy horses ready for a ride in Roatan.

Book Horseback Riding Tours Here

Click here to book a private, customizable tour in Roatan

Roatan Honduras FAQs

How long do you need in roatan.

The island is small, and you can see quite a bit in one day if that is all you have. However, if you can spend a week, you can really explore and get to know Roatan better.

Is Roatan or Utila Better?

Roatan and Utila are both Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras in Central America. Both islands are wonderful. The main differences are, Roatan is bigger and has nicer beaches. Utila is more walkable and intimate.

What is the best month to go to Roatan?

February to August is the driest part of the year. Temperatures are mild year round. March and April are my favorite times to visit.

Is West Bay Beach Roatan Free?

Yes, access to the beach is free.

How Touristy is Roatan?

While Roatan is getting more and more popular, you can still find places to experience Roatan in its most authentic state. If you stay in the West End, its definitely touristy. If you go to other areas of the island, you can see a better representation of real life.

Is Roatan a Third-World Country?

Roatan is not a country. Isla Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, which are islands that are part of the country Honduras. Honduras is a third-world country.

Can you drink tap water in Roatan Honduras?

It’s best to drink bottled water in Roatan, however using tap water for brushing your teeth or cooking should be ok.

What language is spoken in Roatan?

Spanish is the official language in Roatan. However, we found that most residents speak English (Creole English).

Roatan in One Day Conclusion

As I mentioned, Roatan is one of our favorite ports of call. It has quickly become the favorite of many of my clients as well.

From excellent snorkeling over a pristine coral reef, relaxing on a white sand beach, visiting a sloth sanctuary, taking an ATV tour, or just soaking up the local culture, I am confident that you will love Roatan too!

Do you need help planning your cruise, or land-based vacation? I can help you! I offer travel planning packages , and can help do the leg work so that you can enjoy your vacation!

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How to Get to Roatan Honduras by Air, Land & Sea

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Planning a trip to the Bay Islands, but not sure how to get to Roatan? Keep reading to learn every transportation option: by air, land, and sea.

Picture yourself soaking up the sun on a white-sand beach. Vibrant coral reefs, home to hundreds of species of Caribbean marine life, are only steps away. You’re surrounded by lush tropical scenery, your tan is coming along nicely and you’re sipping on a freshly made piña colada. If you’re screaming “hell yes – sign me up!” by now, the first step towards this idyllic experience is learning how to get to Roatan.

Roatan, in the Honduran Bay Islands, is an enchanting and lesser-known island paradise situated 40 miles off the coast of Honduras. With its captivating beauty, affordable living and abundance of fantastic scuba diving sites, it’s no wonder that Roatan has become a sought-after destination for travelers from all over the globe.

Before you can immerse yourself in this tropical haven and start sippin’ on that piña colada, you’ll first need to know how to get to Roatan. In this blog post, we’ll delve into various transportation options for reaching this island paradise, whether you’re starting off on mainland Honduras, the United States, Europe or anywhere in between.

So grab a cup of coffee (or a beer – I don’t judge) and keep reading to answer the question “how do you get to Roatan?”

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Where to Fly to Get to Roatan Honduras

You’ll find that flying is the most convenient and popular way to get to Roatan Honduras. The Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) in Coxen Hole is currently the only airport serving the island, and it welcomes both domestic and international flights.

To ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey into Roatan, I recommend that you research and book your flights well in advance. When booking flights to any destination, make sure to pay attention to the following factors:

  • Make sure there is no “change of airport” or, if there is, that you have suitable time to change airports before your connecting flight.
  • Pay attention to layover time and make sure you have enough time to make your connection – especially if you’re connecting through a major international airport. On the flip side, make sure you don’t have any crazy-long layovers (unless you’re utilizing that budget-friendly tactic on purpose).
  • If budget is an issue, consider visiting Roatan during the off-season (October-January) for better flight deals.

How to Get to Roatan from Other Parts of Honduras

How to get to roatan from san pedro sula.

If you’re not sure how to get to Roatan from San Pedro Sula, you’re in the right place. Getting to Roatan from San Pedro, is relatively straightforward, with two primary options available: by air and by ferry.

  • Flying : The most convenient and fastest way to reach Roatan from San Pedro Sula is by air. CM Airlines offers daily flights between Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) in San Pedro Sula and Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) in Roatan. Flights typically only take around 40 minutes. I would definitely recommend booking in advance to grab the best prices!
  • Ferry : If you prefer traveling by sea, you can take a ferry to Roatan from La Ceiba, which is located about 120 miles from San Pedro Sula. To get to La Ceiba, you can either rent a car, take a direct shuttle service, or travel by public bus from the Metropolitan Grand Central bus terminal in San Pedro. The bus station is inside a shopping mall and is perfectly safe, however, the territory is ripe for pickpockets so keep an eye on your belongings. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hours (but usually longer on the bus). Once in La Ceiba, you can board the Galaxy Wave Ferry , which offers two daily trips to Roatan with a journey time of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Availability and pricing varies by season and weather conditions, so it’s smart to book in advance.

I’ll be honest with you, if you’re starting from San Pedro Sula, taking the ferry is a pain in the ass. Unless the flights are ridiculously expensive – which, in all likelihood, would only happen during Semana Santa – I would recommend flying.

⚠️ Warning!!

The ferry is a very bad choice for those prone to seasickness. Even people that don’t usually get seasick tend to get nauseous on the ferry ride from La Ceiba to Roatan. If you decide to go for it anyway, be sure to pack some Dramamine.

My friend Jason on the Galaxy Wave Ferry, the easiest answer to the question how to get to Roatan

How to Get to Roatan from Tegucigulpa

Reaching Roatan from Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, is relatively simple. Unless you want an unbelievably difficult travel day – flying is your only real option.

Domestic airlines such as CM Airlines and SOSA operate regular flights between Toncontín International Airport (TGU) in Tegucigalpa and Roatan (RTB). The flight duration is approximately one hour, making it the quickest travel option between these two destinations.

While there isn’t a direct ferry route from Tegucigalpa to Roatan, you could still travel by road to La Ceiba and take the Galaxy Wave Ferry. However, this option is considerably more time-consuming and less convenient than flying. Not to mention it’s probably the more expensive option in the end (or at least comparable).

How to Get to Roatan from La Ceiba

If you’re wondering how to get to Roatan, La Ceiba is the easiest gateway to the island from mainland Honduras .

The most convenient option for getting to Roatan from La Ceiba is by the frequently aforementioned Galaxy Wave Ferry (unless seasickness is an issue).

Flying is another option – CM Airlines offers daily flights between Golosón International Airport (LCE) in La Ceiba and Roatan (RTB). Since these flights only take about 20 minutes, they’re also an excellent transit option.

🌿 You may also enjoy…

… a visit to Pico Bonito National Park ! Located about a 45 minute drive from the Galaxy Wave Ferry Port in La Ceiba, Pico Bonito protects 940-square miles of rainforest in the Atlantida region of Honduras. Visiting Pico Bonito, and staying at the Omega Tours Eco Lodge (pictured below), is a unforgettable experience that belongs on any Honduras itinerary. White water raft down the Cangrejal River, embark on a horseback riding expedition or simply enjoy hiking the jungle trails with waterfall views and fresh fruit growing around every corner.

The swimming pool at the Omega Tours Eco Lodge

How to Get to Roatan from Utila

The Utila Dream Ferry is the fastest and most convenient option for getting from Utila to Roatan. The ferry operates daily trips and closes the 30 mile gap between Utila and Roatan in around one hour. It varies by season, but you can expect ferry tickets to cost around 800 HNL or 30 USD. (When figuring out how to get from Roatan to Utila, it’s the same directions in reverse!)

Although the ferry ride between Roatan and Utila is usually smoother than the ride between Roatan and La Ceiba, it’s smart to pack an anti-nausea medication anyway if you’re prone to seasickness. No one wants to throw up their Salva Vidas on the Utila Dream Ferry.

You can technically also fly to Roatan from Utila’s airport (UII), but the only flights in operation are private or semi-private. This blog isn’t written for people that bougie, but if I’m wrong – call me out in the comments 😜


…a trip to Utila ! Utila is Roatan’s backpacker-friendly neighbor. Where Roatan offers lots of all-inclusive resorts, relaxation experiences, and (let’s be honest) the highest prices in Honduras – Utila offers affordable dive courses, cheap everything , and one of the biggest party scenes in the country.

A colorful sign on the street of Utila

Getting to Roatan from Central America

For travelers visiting Roatan from another country in Central America, regional airlines like CM Airlines and TAG offer flights from cities like Guatemala City, San Salvador and Belize City. Keep in mind that, in all likelihood, there will be some inconvenient layovers.

How to Get to Roatan From Guatemala

Reaching Roatan from Guatemala requires some planning and preparation due to the frustrating lack of direct transportation options.

The most common way to get to Roatan from Guatemala is by flying to San Pedro Sula and then taking a domestic flight or ferry to the island (as discussed earlier in this post). Regional airlines, like Avianca and CM, operate daily flights from Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (GUA) to San Pedro Sula (SAP).

You can also book a flight from Guatemala City to Roatan , but you’ll have a layover in San Pedro anyway and probably end up spending twice as much.

You can also travel by bus from Guatemala City to La Ceiba in Honduras, a journey that takes around 12 hours, and then hop on the Galaxy Wave Ferry. But let’s be honest, that sounds like a hellish travel day.

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How to Get to Roatan From Belize

When traveling from Belize to Roatan, flying is by far the easiest option.

Tropic Air, TAG and CM airlines all operate flights between Belize City’s Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) and Roatan (RTB). Flight duration is approximately 1 hour (for direct flights), with multiple flight options available every day.

Although it is possible to get from Belize to Roatan by ferry, there are no direct options. You’ll need to take two ferries – with a couple taxis and buses mixed in between.

My advice? Shell out the extra $100, take the direct flight and save yourself 24 hours of travel time.

Getting to Roatan Honduras from the United States

If you’re wondering how to get to Roatan from the United States , the answer is by plane. Sorry – no ferries are available for this trek. You can either fly directly into Roatan or purchase a round-trip flight into San Pedro Sula + another round-trip flight to Roatan from SAP.

We’ll explore both options below.

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Flying Directly into Roatan

Flying to Roatan from the U.S. is the easiest option by a landslide. Not only will you not have to perfectly time out the schedules of two completely separate flights (on different airlines), but you will save yourself 12-24 hours of travel time and don’t have to worry (as much) about someone misplacing your luggage.

American Airlines operates direct flights from Dallas and Miami to Roatan , while United Airlines offers direct flights from Houston . Alternatively, Delta Airlines’ direct Roatan flights will take you through Atlanta . Various other airlines offer connecting flights from major U.S. cities like New York , Los Angeles and Chicago through their hub airports. Flight duration typically ranges between 2-5 hours for direct flights.

Sun Country now offers direct flights to Roatan through Minneapolis that only take 4 hours! Not only is this route insanely convenient for anyone visiting Roatan from the midwest, it also tends to be cheaper than AA, UA or Delta flight options. Keep in mind – the Sun Country flight has only operated during the Roatan high season in recent years.

An Apple AirTag (tucked securely away in your luggage) needs to be on your packing list before your Roatan trip . That way, even if the airline loses it – you’ll have an idea of where it is and when you can expect it back.

Through Mainland Honduras

This is the trickier, but oftentimes cheaper, route into Roatan from the U.S.

Major airlines like American, United and Delta offer both direct and indirect flights from major U.S. hub airports into San Pedro Sula. You can even find cheap options into SAP on Spirit Airlines…if you want to go the affordable…but very uncomfortable route (I hate it every time – yet I keep doing it).

Once in San Pedro Sula, you can easily grab a domestic flight to Roatan Honduras or hop on a bus to La Ceiba and take the Galaxy Wave Ferry into Coxen Hole. The only issue with this route to Roatan – besides the inconvenience – is that you have to book two completely separate flights. If your U.S. flight is delayed (knock on wood) and you miss your Roatan connection, neither airline will reimburse you.

Getting to Roatan from Canada

Like the U.S., the best way to get to Roatan from Canada is by booking a flight on one of the many airlines that fly to Roatan. If flights are too expensive or inconvenient, Roatan travelers arriving from Canada can also take the indirect route through San Pedro Sula.

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By Flying into Roatan 

Flying into Roatan from a major Canadian city, like Toronto (YTZ) or Montreal (YUL), is the easiest route from Canada to Roatan. United and American offer the most frequent and convenient fights to Roatan from Canada, but be sure to browse your options using the buttons below. Roatan is an up-and-coming destination, so new routes are being added all the time!

Flights from Canada to San Pedro Sula are often much cheaper and faster (with less layovers) than flights from Canada to Roatan. However, with the added difficulty of getting to Roatan from the mainland, it still might not be your best choice. You can find flights to SAP from major Canadian airports like Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. From there, you’ll need to make your way to Roatan by domestic flight or bus + ferry.

If you’re wondering how to get from San Pedro Sula to Roatan – see the above information. 

Getting to Roatan from Europe

Flying to Roatan Honduras from Europe requires at least one stopover in either North or South America. Travelers can choose from several airlines, including American Airlines, Iberia, Aeroméxico, Avianca and AirEuropa.

Most flights from Europe have a layover in Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD), and a second layover in San Pedro Sula. After that, you’ll be connected on a domestic flight to Roatan. If budget is an issue, you might be better off searching flights to Roatan Honduras or San Pedro from Madrid, and traveling to Madrid independently before your travel date. 

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Cruise Ships Coming into Roatan

Arriving in Roatan by cruise ship is a popular choice among travelers, since the island is a favorite stop among popular Caribbean cruise lines like Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Virgin Voyages.

The island has two main cruise ports, Port of Roatan and Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, both of which are located on the southwestern coast of the island.

Once you’ve arrived, a wide range of activities and excursions await you, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, zip-lining, chocolate tasting, and plain old relaxing on the beach! Roatan is the ultimate Caribbean cruise destination , and by making plans beforehand, travelers can easily make the most of their one day in Roatan as cruise passengers.

The best way to experience Roatan as a cruise ship passenger is by connecting with a local guide before your arrival. You can get to know your guide ahead of time, give them your Roatan bucket list , and get plenty of suggestions for things to do on Roatan in one day. If you’re heading to Roatan soon on the cruise ships – contact my favorite local guide, Adonay ! Send him a message on Whatsapp at +504 3164-5127 prior to your arrival on the island.

Why Should I Visit Roatan?

Let me first answer that question with another question.

Would you like to drink tropical cocktails at a luxurious Roatan resort while enjoying a breathtaking sunset over the ocean? Does scuba diving the best sites on the Mesoamerican Reef sound like your idea of heaven? Can you see yourself dancing to Reggaeton into the wee hours of the morning under a blanket of Caribbean stars?

Oops 🙊 I guess that was more than one question.

Either way – my point is clear. Why would you NOT visit Roatan? No matter if you’re seeking adventure, culture or relaxation, a vacation to Roatan promises a captivating experience filled with unforgettable moments.

See? Look how pretty it is!👇🏼

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Visas, Vaccinations & Passport Requirements for Honduras

Unfortunately, answering the question how to get to Roatan includes some boring information about visas, vaccinations, and passport requirements. All travelers entering Honduras are required to fill out a Honduras immigration precheck form prior to arrival. As of January 2024, there is one requirement for entry. There is no longer any requirements surrounding COVID tests or vaccination cards.

  • One precheck form per person, either digital or printed.

The easiest way to fill out the required forms is through the  Prechequeo Migratorio app , otherwise, you can create an account on the  National Institute of Migration of Honduras website . If you’re having trouble filling out the forms, consult this  helpful PDF guide to precheck .

How to Get to Roatan FAQ:

What is the roatan honduras airport code.

The airport code for Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport in Roatan is RTB.

What airlines fly to Roatan Honduras?

Airlines that fly to Roatan Honduras include United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, CM Airlines, Tropic Air, TagAirlines, and Aerolineas Sosa.

Can I use Google Flights to search for flights to Roatan?

Yes, you can use Google Flights to find flights to Roatan.

Is Roatan safe to visit?

Yes! Roatan is very safe to visit if you use common sense and don’t participate in any illegal activities. I lived on the island for a full year and  felt very safe in Roatan  as a  solo female traveler .

What is the best time to go to Roatan?

The best time to go to Roatan is January-August. This is when the island experiences the best weather. However, this is also Roatan’s on-season, so expect prices to be higher and places to book out further in advance. For the best prices and to avoid the crowds, visit Roatan from September-December.

How long is the boat ride from Honduras to Roatan?

The Galaxy Wave Ferry ride from La Ceiba takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Roatan.

What is the cheapest time of year to fly to Roatan Honduras?

The cheapest time of year to fly to Roatan is in the low-season: September-December.

How to get around Roatan?

I’ll be honest, the island can be a bit tricky to navigate if you don’t drive. The easiest way to get around is by rental car or motorbike. However, if you’re vacation drinking – that’s clearly not the best move. Roatan has no Uber or rideshare services, so if you don’t want to rent a vehicle, the best way to get around Roatan is by taxis or water taxis.

Final Thoughts

If you started out wondering how to get to Roatan, hopefully this blog post has solved all your confusion. In 2023, reaching Roatan has never been easier. There are multiple transportation options available to Roatan from every corner of the world. Whether you prefer flying, taking a ferry or arriving by cruise ship – there’s a perfect option to fit your preferences and budget.

Enjoy it – a trip to Roatan Honduras is the trip of a lifetime.

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Madison Krigbaum is the founder and sole contributor of Madison's Footsteps – a solo female travel blog started in 2017 with a focus on destinations in Honduras, Italy, and Thailand. Since her study abroad semester in Rome, Madison has traveled to 32 countries, many of which she visited as a solo traveler. She lived in Roatan, Honduras for one year, Southeast Asia for 8 months, and spent over two years in Italy (in Florence and Rome). She just returned from three weeks in Cartagena, Colombia, and is considering Puerto Rico as her next destination!

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Gumbalimba Park Nature Reserve Capuchin Monkey, Roatan, Honduras


Gumbalimba Park Nature Reserve Capuchin Monkey, Roatan, Honduras

At the Gumbalimba Park nature reserve you can hang out with monkeys and parrots, snorkel alongside exotic fish and rays, chill in a beach hammock and zipline through the rainforest canopy.

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Pier with Water Taxis at the West End Village, Roatan, Honduras

Wander the West End Village to get a real taste of Roatán life. At this bohemian island enclave, you’ll find lots of restaurants, bars, craft shops and piers lined with water taxis waiting to ferry you to popular spots along the coast.

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Hurricane Beryl maps show path and landfall forecast

By Cara Tabachnick , Emily Mae Czachor

Updated on: July 4, 2024 / 2:23 PM EDT / CBS News

Hurricane Beryl  was moving toward Mexico on Thursday after blowing past the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. It made landfall Monday on the island of Carriacou in Grenada while tearing through the Caribbean , strengthening at times to a Category 5 storm — the  strongest rating .

What is the projected path of Hurricane Beryl?

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the center of Beryl was moving away from the Cayman Islands on Thursday and was expected to hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Friday. Beryl was expected to emerge in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday night. "Weakening is forecast during the next day or two, though Beryl is forecast to remain a hurricane until it makes landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula," the hurricane center said.

A hurricane is considered major when it's a Category 3 or higher, with winds of at least 111 mph. As of Thursday afternoon, Beryl was a Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, the hurricane center said.

Beryl was some 135 miles west of Grand Cayman island and 275 miles east-southeast of Tulum, Mexico. It was moving west-northwest at 18 mph, according to the center.


Will Hurricane Beryl hit Texas?

CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reported  that whether Beryl  crashes into Texas depends on how much strength it loses as it goes over land as well as conditions in the Gulf of Mexico in the coming days. One key factor will be how wind shear affects Beryl.

"The flow of the wind pattern as it enters the Gulf is going to be more hostile," KHOU-TV meteorologist Kim Castro said. "The atmospheric conditions are going to start ripping it apart."

Another factor will be an area of high pressure in Texas that has been acting as a barrier but is forecast to move east later this week.

"Depending on where Beryl is situated, it could track towards Tampico (Mexico), the area where these tropical storms have tracked so far this season," Castro said. "…However, if this tracks a little further to the north, there would be nothing to kind of nudge it south, so there is a little exposure to the Texas coastline."

The hurricane center urged people in southern Texas to monitor Beryl's progress.


A hurricane warning was in effect for parts of the Yucatan's east coast.

Where is Hurricane Beryl bringing rain and flooding?

Jamaica experienced torrential rainfall and life-threatening flash flooding Wednesday. 

The hurricane center said Thursday the Caymans were forecast to get 4 to 6 inches of rain from Beryl. "Over the Yucatan Peninsula, Beryl is expected to produce rainfall totals of 4 to 6 inches, with localized amounts of 10 inches, later today into Friday. Scattered instances of flash flooding are anticipated," the center continued.

Beryl became the  first hurricane  of the 2024  Atlantic hurricane season  on Saturday and rapidly strengthened. It first reached Category 4 on Sunday, wavering back to Category 3 before returning to Category 4 on Monday and then becoming a Category 5 later Monday night. It is the first major hurricane east of the Lesser Antilles on record for June, according to Philip Klotzbach, Colorado State University hurricane researcher.

Brian McNoldy, a tropical meteorology researcher for the University of Miami, told The Associated Press warm waters are fueling Beryl, with ocean heat content in the deep Atlantic the highest on record for this time of year.

Hurricane Beryl is seen in the Caribbean in a satellite image at 8:50 a.m. EDT, July 4, 2024.

Beryl has also set records  as the first June hurricane ever to hit Category 4, the farthest east a storm has ever hit Category 4, and the first storm before September to go from tropical depression to major hurricane in under 48 hours, CBS News weather producer David Parkinson reported.

Beryl was also the earliest Category 5 hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin and was only the second Category 5 storm recorded in July since 2005, according to the hurricane center.

Brian Dakss, Alex Sundby and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Cara Tabachnick is a news editor at CBSNews.com. Cara began her career on the crime beat at Newsday. She has written for Marie Claire, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. She reports on justice and human rights issues. Contact her at [email protected]

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Cruise lines forced to change plans as Hurricane Beryl moves through the Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl has forced several major cruise lines to divert and change their itineraries as the Category 4 storm barrels through the Caribbean .

The storm, which broke records as both the earliest Category 4 and Category 5 hurricane , has already killed six people in the eastern Caribbean. Now, the life-threatening hurricane is moving towards Jamaica , where it‘s expected to hit on Wednesday. From there, the storm could reach as far north as Texas , according to predictions from the National Weather Service.

As a result, several Caribbean cruises are changing plans to keep their passengers safe.

Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas , the largest cruise ship in the world, is among those changing their itineraries, the travel site Cruise reports. It will now forgo visits to two islands in the southeastern Caribbean, according to the site.

The line’s Wonder of the Seas has also cancelled stops in Roatán and Costa Maya, instead opting to sail to Nassau as Hurricane Beryl rages on, according to Cruise.

A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean did not provide the exact number of ships impacted but said guests will be notified directly about itinerary changes.

“The safety of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our top priority,” the spokesperson said. “Along with our Chief Meteorologist, we are closely monitoring the progression of Hurricane Beryl, and are making adjustments to some of our Caribbean sailings for the comfort and safety of our guests and crew.”

Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line almost entirely altered its week-long itinerary for the Norwegian Breakaway ship.

“To circumvent the path of hurricane Beryl and forecasted inclement weather, we have made the decision to take a safer, alternative route,” the cruise line said in a letter to passengers. “Despite our best efforts, and with the weather disturbances out of our control, we have canceled our calls to Roatan Bay Islands, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.”

Passengers have been sharing their experiences on social media.

“We left out on Harmony of the Seas this afternoon and they changed our itinerary to avoid the storm...cruise director said captain and crew will just find some great sunny weather and plan plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy onboard for 3 sea days,” one passenger wrote on Facebook.

“This is the reason I NEVER cruise during Hurricane season,” another user posted.

Hurricane Beryl has caused widespread devastation, destroying hundreds of homes and knocking out power to several communities.

The storm killed at least three people in Grenada and Carriacou. One of them died in St George’s, Grenada’s capital after a tree fell on their home.

“This hits home,” Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell said. “The deceased person is in fact the relative of one of the persons who spent the last 36 hours with us here at the National Emergency Operating Center.”

One person was also killed in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on Monday.

Meanwhile, officials reported two deaths in northern Venezuela, as well as five people missing amid heavy rainfall from the hurricane, the Associated Press reports.

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Hurricane Beryl Tracker

By William B. Davis, Madison Dong, Judson Jones, John Keefe, and Bea Malsky

Beryl was a Category 2 hurricane in the Caribbean Sea Thursday morning Mexico Central Time, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory .

The hurricane had sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour. Follow our coverage here .

Beryl is the second named storm to form in the Atlantic in 2024.

In late May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that there would be 17 to 25 named storms this year, an above-normal amount.

What does the storm look like from above?

Satellite imagery can help determine the strength, size and cohesion of a storm. The stronger a storm becomes, the more likely an eye will form in the center. When the eye looks symmetrical, that often means the storm is not encountering anything to weaken it.

This season follows an overly active year, with 20 named storms — including an early storm later given the official name of “Unnamed.” It was the eighth year in a row to surpass the average of 14 named storms. Only one hurricane, Idalia, made landfall in the United States.

Typically, the El Niño pattern that was in force last season would have suppressed hurricanes and reduced the number of storms in a season. But in 2023, the warm ocean temperatures in the Atlantic blunted El Niño’s usual effect of thwarting storms.

The warm ocean temperatures that fueled last year’s season returned even warmer at the start of this season, raising forecasters’ confidence that there would be more storms this year. The heightened sea surface temperatures could also strengthen storms more rapidly than usual.

To make matters worse, the El Niño pattern present last year is also diminishing, most likely creating a more suitable atmosphere for storms to form and intensify.

Hurricanes need a calm environment to form, and, in the Atlantic, a strong El Niño increases the amount of wind shear — a change in wind speed and/or direction with height — which disrupts a storm's ability to coalesce. Without El Niño this year, clouds are more likely to tower to the tall heights needed to sustain a powerful cyclone.

Sources and notes

Tracking map Source: National Hurricane Center | Notes: The map shows probabilities of at least 5 percent. The forecast is for up to five days, with that time span starting up to three hours before the reported time that the storm reaches its latest location. Wind speed probability data is not available north of 60.25 degrees north latitude.

Wind arrivals table Sources: New York Times analysis of National Hurricane Center data (arrival times); U.S. Census Bureau and Natural Earth (geographic locations); Google (time zones) | Notes: The table shows predicted arrival times of sustained, damaging winds of 58 m.p.h. or more for select cities with a chance of such winds reaching them. If damaging winds reach a location, there is no more than a 10 percent chance that they will arrive before the “earliest reasonable” time and a 50 percent chance they will arrive before the “most likely” time.

Radar map Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Iowa State University | Notes: These mosaics are generated by combining the 130+ individual RADARs that comprise the NEXRAD network.

Storm surge map Source: National Hurricane Center | Notes: Forecasts only include the United States Gulf and Atlantic coasts, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The actual areas that could become flooded may differ from the areas shown on this map. This map accounts for tides, but not waves and not flooding caused by rainfall. The map also includes intertidal areas, which routinely flood during typical high tides.

Satellite map Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration| Notes: Imagery only updates between sunrise and sunset of the latest storm location.

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