What to do to Roatan Honduras
We suggest the first thing you do upon arrival is to explore the island. When it comes to exploring, Roatan offers the best of the best. You could, for example, follow the trail of the many pirates and buccaneers who lived in Port Royal in the early 1600’s, or visit the local communities to see how they live and sample their delicious food. Experiencing the mountains, pastures, lush forest and stretches of white sandy beaches is easy. The main road, and several small ones that run through the island.
Must-See Spots in the Island
- West End Village – This can be found on the North West end and is often described by tourists as enigmatic and bohemian. At present, more and more tourists flock to this area because of its impeccable accommodation, bars, restaurants, lounges and artistic emporiums. Water sports activities abound in this place including fishing and scuba diving.
- West Bay Beach – If there is one picturesque Caribbean destination in the world that would be the West Bay beach. Calm waters welcome all travelers along with warm service escorts that assure your stay will be a once-in a lifetime memory. Aside from interactive water sports during the day, tourists can indulge in the tranquil and relaxing West Bay nights that are brightened by spectacular sunsets.
- East Roatan – Although you can basically do any kind of fun activity in the island, the East portion of it is indeed the best place to do you water activities. The east end is where freedom can be savored because of its remoteness, allowing travelers to enjoy nature with privacy. Scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, ocean kayaking and kite surfing highlight the East Roatan adventure.
The Roatan Water Adventures
- Diving – Roatan allows for the best diving experience because on its coastline is home to the second largest reef in the whole world. One dive gives you a chance to see wonders of the underwater ecosystems with moray eels,
sharks, sea turtles, corals and amazing sea sponges.
- Swimming with the dolphins – Enjoy the Carribean waters while swimming with friendly dolphins that mesmerize travelers.
- Snorkeling – There are more than a hundred snorkeling and diving sites around Roatan and most of these are easily accessible through the beach.
The beaches from Sandy Bay to West Bay are excellent, with numerous places to stop and relax or have a refreshing island cocktail. Our longest and most deserted beach, Camp Bay, is located on the east end of the island. Closer to Castaways-cove there is Turquoise Bay and Fantasy Island. Fantasy Island is also well-known for the monkeys, iguana, peacocks and island rabbits that roam free throughout the property.
Take a ride high above the trees for breathtaking views of the island jungles, ocean and white sandy beaches. Guests are provided with all necessary equipment, including heavy gloves, for a glide through treetops, landing on different platforms on your way down to the coast. There are five canopy tours on Roatan. The closest one, Pirates of the Caribbean, is on the road between Caribe Point Bight and French Harbour.
The gardens provide a relaxing stroll through a diverse collection of flowering plants, ferns, spices, fruit trees, hardwood trees and orchids. Apart from the small, well-tended garden, trails lead up the pretty valley through the arid tropical forest, past the iguana wall, where iguanas and parrots breed, and up to the top of Carambola Mountain, where you can soak in the gorgeous colors of the coral reefs below and see all the way out to the island of Utila.
The owner of this quirky attraction has spent years protecting and raising the over-hunted green iguanas that laze about in the trees around his house in French Key, east of French Harbor. This out of the way site may not seem like much until the owners throw out a pile of vegetable leftovers on their driveway. Then suddenly hundreds of iguanas descend from the trees for the scraps. The farm has a number of the big, red males that are so rarely seen anymore. Admission fee is a minimal $5, which helps pay for the greens that feed these gentle creatures.
There are a number of places that offer great horseback riding. You have the option of riding up into the hills, or riding along the sand and into the azure water of some of the island’s best beaches.
One of the best kayaking experiences is right here at Caribe Pointe Bight. You can take the kayak and explore the mangrove canals, built by the Payan Indians. If the water is calm, continue onto Blue Rock and Pookies Bar and Restaurant a must do for Sundays BBQ. A kayak is also an excellent way to reach various snorkeling spots. Our sit on top kayaks make it easy to get on and off for snorkeling.
Swimming with Dolphins
For years, Anthony’s Key Resort has been developing a dolphin program through their Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences located on the property. Trained dolphins perform daily shows of acrobatic leaps and spins. In another beachside enclosure on nearby Bailey’s Key, the Dolphin Encounter offers the chance for you to wade into the water and play with the dolphins. The Dolphin Swim is available for those who want a more intimate experience with these intelligent marine mammals. The resort also offers divers the opportunity to dive or snorkel with the dolphins.
Experience Garifuna Culture
A “must-see” on your visit to Roatan is Yubu Garifuna Experience just east of Castaways Cove. The specially conceived Garifuna Cultural Village features native music, dance, building, crafts, and history and is a wonderful way to learn about the Garifuna people. Punta Gorda is a Garifuna community on the east end of Roatan, and was the first Garifuna settlement in Central America. The Black Caribs or Garifunas were marooned in Roatan by the British in 1796 and first settled in Punta Gorda. To commemorate their arrival to Roatan, the Garifunas at this community have a carnival every year on the 12 of April. If you happen to be in the Island on this date, it is well worth your while to visit and enjoy the carnival.
There are a number of options for fishing on Roatan. We can arrange for you to go deep sea trolling, fly fishing or bottom fishing, where you can go after barracuda, tuna, Wahoo, Dorado and other species. More and more
popular on the Bay Islands is fly-fishing for bonefish, permit and Tarpon. These fish can be caught from shore or out on the flats just inside of the reef.
If you’re going to dive, go to the bottom. The world’s deepest tourist submarine is the newest addition to Roatan’s list of top adventures to pursue while on the islands. You will find the submarine at Half Moon Bay Cabins, in West End. If you snorkel this area, be sure to go under the submarine dock as it is loaded with lobster. This is one of the coolest things you could ever do to go down 2000ft is like getting into a space ship and going to another planet.
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