Ports of Call
Roatan Port of Call
Honduras © Denise Clarke
The island of Roatan is the most popular travel destination in Honduras, and fast becoming one of the biggest ports of call in the Caribbean. The narrow island is the most well-developed in the country, especially in the West End, where luxury resorts, restaurants, bars and other attractions are constantly being built.
Roatan is a paradise for people who like to get wet: snorkelling and scuba diving along the coral reef offers the chance to see colourful fish and sea turtles, while the Bay Island Underwater Museum is a unique facility for guided snorkelling tours of sunken treasures. Land-based activities are just as plentiful, ranging from village excursions to zipline tours and cave exploration.
Cruise ships in Roatan dock at either the Coxen Hole cruise ship dock and mall complex or the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, both of which contain a number of shops and restaurants.
Taxis and buses are plentiful at both docks, and they're the easiest way to get to downtown Roatan or any of the other attractions on the island. Buses from Coxen Hole to Roatan's West End depart every 15 minutes. Scooter rentals, available in West End, are a fun way to see the island.
There are many fun things to see and do in Roatan, ranging from up high (tree-top zipline tours and parasailing) to low (cave exploration and scuba diving) and everything in between (hiking, fishing, horseback riding and minigolf). West Bay Beach is one of the best beaches in the region with sparkling sand and crystal-clear water.
Sundowners - Caribbean restaurant with creative cocktails and evening bonfires
Rendezvous Sushi Cafe - quirky restaurant serving sushi made from local fish
Earth Mama's Garden Cafe - healthy natural food in a tranquil setting
Nearly all the shops in Roatan are in the West End along Main Street. Most are quirky little shops with a mishmash of souvenirs, local art and jewellery. Haggling is a serious sport in Roatan, and you can often bargain the price down by 50 percent or more.
Brightly-painted local pottery
Explore the tropical landscape on an exciting zip-line tour
Scuba dive at one of 40 sites along the coral reef
Get a hug from a dolphin in the Bottlenose Dolphin Encounters programme at Bailey's Key
See sunken treasure snorkelling at the Bay Island Underwater Museum
Have a scaly encounter at the Iguana Farm in French Harbour
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