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“Best snorkeling EVER!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maya Key

Maya Key
Roatan Cruise Pier, IB3100, Honduras
+504 9995-9589
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Ranked #9 of 71 things to do in Roatan
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Owner description: 11.5 acre private island conveniently located just three minutes across the bay from the Roatan cruise pier and 15 minutes away from Mahogany Bay Cruise Pier. This pristine island features two secluded beaches, excellent snorkeling from a scenic pier, a 70,000 gallon swimming pool, 5,000 square foot lounge deck, lush garden paths bursting with indigenous flora and most recently an animal rescue center, artisan plaza and Roatan's finest cultural attraction, The Bay Island's Interpretation Center and Ethnic Honduran Art Exhibit Center.
Duncan, OK
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Best snorkeling EVER!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We went to Maya Key thru a Carnival Cruise excursion in mid-January, mostly because we had heard that the snorkeling here was very good. We were not disappointed! When you arrive on the island (about a 10 minute boat ride from the Carnival port) you walk up the path to the main building where you are given a quick briefing of all the island has to offer. There are nature trails, various animals, sharks, sea lions (not a show - just to view), the beach, locker rooms, etc. We made our way to the beach first. There is a long dock, and a gazebo type thing built at the end where you can sit and put your flippers & masks on. You climb a short ladder into the water, and follow the floating water bottles to guide you through the reef. The reef is endless! It was absolutely stunning. It was the first place we had ever snorkeled where it was 100% reef, and there 100's of fish in all shapes, colors and sizes. We just couldn't get enough. But, we did get out eventually to eat lunch, which was excellent BBQ chicken, fried fish, and salad. The homemade tartar sauce was excellent! Very good lunch! Then, my husband swam with the sharks (for an extra fee of $30 - cheap!) They have them in a pen, similar to what you would find dolphins in, if you have ever done a dolphin swim. He took video, and got some amazing pictures. They are nurse sharks, which are not aggressive sharks. We walked around & looked at the animals they had on the island, and then we took one more short snorkel before it began heavily raining. The water was very nice and warm in January, but we have to admit, the weather was mostly rainy this time of year at every port our ship visited. However, do not hesitate to try Maya Key. It was well worth the money!

Visited January 2014
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Lutz, Florida
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“Lovely day at Maya Key”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We had an excellent day visiting the animals, enjoying the beach and the wonderful lunch! The sea bass and rice & beans were wonderful.

Visited May 2013
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Sunrise, Florida
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“Very cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I had a lot of fun on Maya Key (formally fins and flippers) The animal sanctuary was amazing, cool monkeys and different animals to see. You can hold a parrot and an alligator, as well as a baby monkey. The snorkeling is great! Very clear and lots of neat fish to see. The guide will help you along the way if you wish, and if you want to go out far, I suggest using one. I tipped my guy 30 dollars he was so good. The lunch buffet was so good, I still think about it today. I wish I could go back and eat it now. Swim with Sharks, get kissed by a sea lion, use the pool, relax on the beach.... For anyone going on a cruise to Roatan, go to Maya Key! You won't regret it!!!

Visited April 2014
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Ottumwa, Iowa
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“Amazing Snorkeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

As other reviews have mentioned, this a private island with lots of benefits. They have the best snorkeling area my husband has ever seen. And he could go out as often as he wanted during our time on the island. We was on a cruise and booked with the cruise line. This was the best excursion out the four we did. You will not be disappointed. Yes they do have all the snorkel equipment you need for rent. Plenty of lounge chairs for everybody. And if everybody in your group is not into snorkeling, then the view is great from the beach.

Visited April 2014
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Clermont, United States
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“Wonderful experience on Maya Key”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is the second time we've taken a shore excursion through Carnival to Maya Key. We loved it both times. The snorkeling is fantastic, the overall ambiance is relaxing and peaceful, the location is great, and we love the fact they are so helpful to the animals they rescue. We will definitely make a donation to the cause, and will continue to visit on future cruises.

Visited March 2014
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