Maya Key
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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.
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erin j
Midland, TX85 contributions
Mar 2022
We booked an excursion to Maya Key the night before on Oasis of the Seas. Since unvaccinated children are only allowed to leave the ship with a book excursion. I was so glad we booked this excursion. Our group had a total of 8 adults and 5 children ages 2-11. Everyone had a blast! We loved to enter act with the animals and were able to see them get fed. The lunch that was included was absolutely delicious and probably my favorite meal of the entire trip! We were served salad, rice/beans mix, banana chips, fried sea bass and BBQ chicken. Word of advise, they will mark your excursion bracelet and will only allow one trip through the line, make sure you load up your plate, you will eat it all, I promise! The highlight of the entire day was snorkeling. We had an amazing tour guide that took up around the reef and even showed us sea creatures and allowed us to interact with them. Sea spider, sea star, sea urchin, sea cucumber. I had my 11 year old daughter with me, she was a bit nervous as we approached the reef cliff. Our guide was excellent at calming her down and allowed her to grab a hold of his buoy and he led her around the reef, back to the dock. Maya Key is definitely one place I would love to return to one day.
Written March 14, 2022
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K T
21 contributions
Sep 2021
We booked a RC cruise excursion for Maya Key in August, 2021. We enjoyed it so much and quickly made it our #1 place to visit in Roatan, and immediately returned in September. We had visited other Roatan beaches in the past, but the privacy of Maya Key was a welcomed relief from the nonstop haggling we had received at other locations.
The animal sanctuary animals were beautiful, well cared for, and they had large clean enclosures with natural habit that provided enrichment. The beach was spotless- clean and raked, as was the interior of the island, even fallen leaves were being picked up by their staff. Everything was well maintained, nothing was broken or in need of repair. We had no issues with sand fleas or mosquitos.
The pool looked great, but our time was spent in the ocean or sunning on lounge chairs. With so many activities going on, I did not have a change to replicated ruins.
The fish, chicken, and salad at lunch were tasty. It was nice to try something new- fried banana chips. The frozen drinks were perfect! During a brief shower, the bartender even covered my drink so it would not get wet.
All the staff were very friendly and helpful. I appreciated that they wore gloves, facemasks, and served the lunch.
We rented their quality snorkel gear so we didn’t have to haul my own. The snorkeling staff were very attentive. They constantly checked on the snorkelers that were in the group and snorkeling off the dock, and quickly responded to check and assist an older gentlemen who fatigued and was not a good swimmer. My guide both times was Oliver. He provided assistance with the snorkeling equipment, showed us a lot of fish while safety escorting us through the reefs, and no questions went unanswered. He even helped me with my camera. Words can’t describe the abundance of beauty both in the corals and the fish, so I will add photos.
My only disappointment is that the time flew by so quickly. I wish the excursion could have lasted a few more hours. But, I am already booked and looking forward to my next visit to Maya Key and snorkeling with Oliver.
Written October 19, 2021
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elenalb1
Santa Rosa, CA7 contributions
Mar 2020
We were at Maya Key 3/2020 on the RC Liberty of the Seas. Amazing resort, excellent snorkeling swimming, bar, beach & best staff! We had a lovely day sunning, snorkeling (with a guide, they are very safety conscious) a delicious lunch of local favorites was included in our very resonable price and the beach and water was pristine. We visited in 2009 and again 2020 mainly to relax and snorkel and and it was as pristine as 11 years ago. So blessed by this beautiful day in Roatan, Honduras. Please visit you will not be disappointed, only a short boat ride from the cruise ship terminal, lovely people, beautiful, safe resort. We're going back and staying on Roatan soon.
Written April 13, 2020
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Rob D
Bournemouth, UK68 contributions
Feb 2020
Maya Key Private Island Retreat - Its not what you think it is.
Make sure you know what you are being sold, it is a lovely little island and they are doing some good work with recuse animals although the conditions they live in are questionable.
The beach and free swimming area is tiny, I mean really tiny. You are better off going to the other side (ship side) of the island to swim.
DO NOT book this trip to snorkel as you will be very disappointed.
You have to pay extra for snorkel gear even if you have your own and you have to select a designated time to snorkel with a guide off of the pier.
It is very poor, do not believe the reports of snorkelling from the peer freely it is massively restricted and a bad snorkel area.
If you do make the mistake of booking it anyway make sure you take lots of money you will need it.
They don't make the whole situation clear and there were many people on the island caught out with no cash for anything else after paying for snorkelling they could not enjoy or do because it is a bad rough snorkel area.
At the end of the day it is your choice but don't say you haven't been warned.
NCL agreed with our complaint and paid us our money back, that has to tell you something.

For the best day in Roatan simply walk off the ship, turn left of the end of the pair and get a taxi to West Bay where you will get all you ever dreamed of. Just make sure you are clear with the price of the taxi and that it is for all passengers and not each passenger.
Roatan is a developing destination and they like a scam or two just be on your guard.
Written March 1, 2020
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Candis T
Fort Worth, TX1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Couples
I booked this trip on a cruise ship for private beach and snorkel, and it was not raining when we got on the boat, started raining on the way out there. It was cold and rainy all day. They refused to bring us back until the end of the day. Being trapped on an island in cold rain is awful to say the least. They did not offer us any kind of refund. I do not recommend you do this trip unless you are sure it will be sunny the whole time. I would give this 0 stars, but that was not an option. You could not even snorkel because the water was too rough.
Written February 16, 2022
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Tom A
Pinehurst, TX306 contributions
Jul 2022
This location was a disappointment. The beach location was nothing but a spit of land and not really an island as advertised. It offered snorkeling, free lunch and beach access. The reality of the snorkeling was the swimmers MUST wear a BC that prevents touching (which I understand) but that wasn't on the front page so read the fine print. Food: OUTSTANDING! and was plentiful. Staff was really helpful and friendly. CON: beach.....no waves, no clear water and a roped off swim area. I have been to better beaches. We took this as part of a cruise line offering.
Written July 29, 2022
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Giddyup Traveler
Austin, TX53 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
My expectations were not too high for this daytrip, but we had so much fun, I can't wait to return to Maya Cay! We just thought we would walk to the end of the pier and flail around a bit in the water. But it was such a pleasant surprise to get to go out snorkeling with a guide who helped us explore this magnificent reef without any worries. We went much further than we would ever have ventured on our own and he pointed out octopus, sea stars, urchin, puffer fish, jellyfish, sea worms, and SO MANY sea creatures that we might not have spotted without help. It was fantastic! Then, after a tasty lunch, I went back out for another long snorkel adventure in the other direction. I only wish we had more time here. We did see some exotic birds, but I don't think there was a big menagerie at the rescue this time. The store also seemed to be closed. But we had the place practically to ourselves, plenty of beach chairs to choose from and a cute little crab dancing around for our amusement. The lunch staff were all really friendly and the food was reliably good. A highlight of our trip!
Written January 16, 2022
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mamabeac
New Creek, WV79 contributions
Feb 2020
We booked an excursion to Maya Key on our recent cruise and were very glad we did. You board a boat transfer from the pier and it is about a 5 minute ride to the island. Someone was on hand to give us all the details as soon as we got there. There were 3 different ships in port with excursions to Maya Key but it never felt crowded because there is so much to do. There is a lovely gift shop where we were able to purchase all the souvenirs we were wanting and they held the packages until we were ready to leave. Everyone was very friendly and the lunch buffet was delicious. There was chicken, fried fish, rice & beans, salad, and fried plantains. We enjoyed our time at the pool and walking around taking pictures. However, many others were snorkeling, spending time at the beach, or walking around seeing the animals. It was a totally enjoyable day for us and is a place that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Written February 26, 2020
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DianneM218
Warren, MI11 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We were on the Harmony of the Seas March 2020, Maya Key is a excursion they sponsor. We have been on several cruises and this is one of the best excisions we went on. Very close to get to the island and just so beautiful and peaceful. Included a delish lunch, lounge chairs right on the shore, beautiful beach, everything was close by within walking distance. Loved the animal encounter with the monkeys, walked around the island, swam in the warm water and not very crowded
Written March 10, 2020
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Kristen M
4 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We LOVED this excursion while on our recent Christmas cruise! We were greeted right off the ship onto a smaller boat. The trip to the island was quick and easy and gave great views of our cruise ship. The island is large enough to spread out but small enough to fully explore. (Plenty of chaise lounges!) The snorkeling was spectacular and worth every penny. Several of us agree they were the best snorkeling views ever seen! A lunch buffet was included and the food was delicious. (Be sure to load up your plate as only one visit is permitted.) We loved learning about the rescued animals and especially enjoyed feeding and playing with the monkeys. This is, by far, our favorite excursion of the trip!
Written January 1, 2020
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