Victor Bodden Tours
Victor Bodden Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Victor Bodden Tours strives to make your trip to Roatan memorable and unique. There's lots to do, let us create a special tour just for you, featuring a private guide/vehicle for your group on our Best of Roatan Tour, Mayan Jungle Canopy Zip-n-Dip Group Excursion, Offshore Snorkeling or Fishing trip, or simply roundtrip transport to West Bay Beach. Don't forget Victor's Monkey Business...spend up-close time with monkeys, parrots and other island animals!
Sandy Bay, Honduras
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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B Eastman
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Ship docked at Roatan and we just wanted to find a nice beach and swim in the ocean for a couple of hours. Shop staff were very helpful in facilitating Larson Bodden to meet us outside the gates at the port and transport us to a beach then back to cruise ship on Feb 11/20. Larson was most accommodating to recommend beach options and determine what our expectations were. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at West end beach, the water was delightful, had an excellent $10 massage on the beach after swimming. We didn't have time to visit the shops along the beach strip. Maybe next time. We arranged with Larson to pick us up and he was right on time; we were very happy with our overall experience. When I thought I'd dropped my sunglasses at the beach, he quickly turned the taxi around to go find them. Bless his kind heart! They weren't lost, and he was patient, turned the taxi around and carried on back to port. Larson was kind enough to stop along the route back to the port for photos and overall, we had a few hours of true relaxation, felt safe and would highly recommend Larson Bodden & team for future visits to this paradise island. fluent in English/Spanish, and likely more; very knowledgable about his home island and passionate to share with visitors. Very welcoming people. Keep well, and thank you Larson & team for making us feel at home. Memories will stay with us forever! Taxi trip was about $20 US. 2 senior women.
Written June 22, 2020
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Laura D
Hooks, TX16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had the best tour ever with George! He showed us everything we asked for and some MORE! He was patient with the photographer in me and stopped wherever I asked for photos! He patiently answered all questions, and I asked alot!
We also enjoyed the stop with the monkeys and sloths. There we had a "private" tour guide also that took time with us and the animals and all we asked about. I think her name was Betty.

We stopped for chocolate factory, rum factory, cameo factory and local shopping. I really enjoyed the stop at the shop that recycles trash into art. The glass bottom boat ride was a good way to see the reef without the swimsuit!

But most of all, we enjoyed getting to know George on a more personal level and would definitely recommend asking for him to tour island. He personalized the tour for exactly what we asked for.

P.S.
The walk to the headquarters was not so bad.....about two blocks?
It was up some stairs and down a hill, but found our guide easily with the signs!
Written February 17, 2020
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Heatherswaenepoel
Napoleon, MI28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We had an amazing day with our tour guide, Jerry. Our group of 13 chose the Best of Roatan tour and we were met by Jerry and loaded up into our private van. He gave us a great scenic tour of the island, stopped at a store so we could get drinks and snacks, took us to JC's Tours for a snorkeling trip, the beach, and the Rum Factory. He made sure we made it to Roatan and got our picture taken and even showed us the area where he personally lives. From the moment Jerry picked us up, we knew we were in good hands. We felt like he was very protective of us and watched out for us at all times. Our whole group commented on how he made us feel safe and we knew nothing negative would happen to us on Jerry's watch. When we were overcharged at a restaurant, he went up and helped us take care of it. He was funny, personable, protective, and made our trip unforgettable. All of us wish we were in Roatan again just to hang out with Jerry. This was our second trip with Victor Bodden Tours and we have enjoyed both. We will never use anyone except them while in Roatan and we will request Jerry if he is still there. You can't go wrong booking with Victor Bodden Tours. From the beginning with the quick, informative, helpful communication all the way to the end of the tour and hugs goodbye from Jerry, we knew we had made the right Roatan choice!
Written April 4, 2022
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Thank you so so so much for your review...and welcome back to your family! We love Jerry, too...he's just the best...and so happy that the whole group had such a great time. It truly sounds like you got to enjoy ALOT this trip from above the waterline to below the waterline. Please DO come back and request Jerry again -- we are always anxious to see our friends again (and again, and again...) I will share this review at our weekly staff meeeting...Jerry will be hard to work with after hearing this wonderful review! Ja ja ja... Thank you again for taking time to share your experiences with our private tour, your island visit and time spent with Jerry. We'll have the van cooled-down for your next visit... VB
Written April 5, 2022
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allrightguy
Montgomery, TX16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We recently returned from a cruise stop in Roatan with our son and his family, including two ten year olds. Since the kids have recently been to the monkey/sloth and iguana venues we wanted to focus on zip lining and snorkeling. Having had good experience with them we booked a private guide with Victor Bodden. Our driver/guide, Dexter was great. He made ut a point to learn everyone's name and filled us in on a lot of information on the island and got us directly to the zip line park ahead of the crowd. The zip line guides were clearly focused on safety, but also made sure it was enjoyable, connecting well with the kids. (It is a good zip line park in comparison to others we have experienced.) The snorkeling went well also. To our pleasant surprise it was a private boat just for our group. Inside tip: If you are inexperienced speak up as the guides did not volunteer a lot of snorkel guidance - not a issue for us since we all had been before. And the two person crew took good care of us.
Written March 30, 2023
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What a fun day with Dexter! Ziplines and Snorkeling and lots of fun in-between! It's always nice to hear that the others that you encounter take good care of you, as well. I will let the zipline guides and snorkel boat operator know that you enjoyed your time with them. We can't wait for your next adventure on Roatan...and hope to be a part of it! Thank you again so much for your continued support! VB
Written March 31, 2023
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nancyae88
Covington, KY4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Victor Bodden tours was recommended to us by an acquaintance. We canceled our NCL excursion and signed up for the bus tour with Victor Bodden instead. When we arrived in Roatan we went directly to the kiosk, but there were a massive amount of people. Our ship, plus one of Royal Carribean’s, had both just docked. We had to push through the crowd and were then told to stand “right here” until the “guy in the green shirt will be back to get us checked onto the bus”. We waited around 15-20 minutes and no one came to get us. This whole time it was mass chaos near the kiosks. Thinking this through, and not being booked through our ship, gave us an very uneasy feeling. If this is how this place operates can we count on them to get us back to the ship on time. We then attempted to ask about switching to the private tour, but the kiosk attendant was not attentive at all, just throwing a price our way, but not actually helping us to get things finalized. SO WE WALKED AWAY FROM IT ALL. I would not recommend this place, spend the extra and book through your ship.
Written May 24, 2022
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Thank you so much for letting us know that you were unable to make your tour with our company. With the limited amount of space and the popularity of our tours, it can be a bit confusing to some guests. We have tried to streamline the process as much as possible and bus-tours require you to wait until the bus is ready for boarding. Our group excursions (bus-based) leave an hour after ships arrive...so if you check in as soon as your ship docks and you're on one of our bus tours, you're going to have a bit of wait after checking-in. Cruise excursions, as you likely noticed, have 3 to 4 of their staff assigned to each excursion, plus a full excursion department staff to answer questions on the ship. We are are allowed 1 staff member at the kiosk and try to get our tours on-their-way as soon as they're ready. I am truly sorry that you walked away from it all, but acknowledge that independent tours are not a good choice for all people. Private tours are the best tours to book if you want to get going early...you set your own schedule. So, when you check-in, you're on your way on your tour! But, the wait for your bus-tour is always going to be there...either waiting on the ship in the Stardust Lounge until the tour group is gathered for your expensive cruise excursion, or waiting on the port for your tour group to assemble for your inexpensive independent tour. Waiting, for others before beginning your bus-based tour, unfortunately, will always be there regardless of ship-excursion or independent tour. Enjoy your future cruises and if you ever reconsider independent tour excursions, we'd love to share a local-experience with you on Roatan.
Written May 25, 2022
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Carol R
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Roatan Dolphins/Sloths/Beach tour was what my extended family of 16 signed up to do.
We were HIGHLY pleased with the quality.
First, since we were a private tour, we were never rushed. It was all done at a leisurely pace, yet one which would assure our timely return to the cruise ship.
Second, Victor Bodden tours had been told that this cruise was being done in honor of our 50th anniversary. At the end of our first stop (to see the animal sanctuary) my husband and I were presented with a 50th anniversary cake. What a kind and lovely thing to do, PLUS, the cake was delicious.
I would most definitely recommend Victor Bodden tours as both an economical and considerate option for shore excursions.
If we ever return to Roatan, I will check with them first for shore excursion options.
Written December 31, 2022
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Thank you so much for checking-out our Dolphin/Sloths/Beach tour. It's a fun way to make as many fun memories as possible...even with a short time in-port. As long as we are able to snag good dolphin time-sloths (it can be tough if you don't book early!) But, where was I for the cake? I always miss out on the cake...they're trying to tell me something. I am so glad that we were able to add an "Extra" memory-maker into your visit to Roatan...Many congrats on 50 years together. We hope that you'll come back again, we'd love another day with your wonderful family! Thank you again so much for spending a small portion of your special "50th Anniversary" cruise with us...it means alot to me. VB
Written January 4, 2023
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SeniorTraveler500
Fort Worth, TX17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I was leading a group of 46 who took a 4-hour Island excursion, including the Boden animal sanctuary.
The high point was clearly the sanctuary and the ability to interact with monkeys, macaws, parrots, and sloths. I was pleased to see that the animals were healthy and appeared to be well cared for. Animal facilities were clean and well-constructed. Everyone on the tour gave this a 10 out of 10 rating.
The group was divided between two vans. The vans were a little rough, but not unusual for the area. There was a guide on each van, a young woman on one and a young man on the other. The man was apparently not really a guide. He said nothing and could not answer the most basic of questions. Unfortunately, he also had a very offensive body odor. On the other hand, the woman was exceptional. She was personable in knowledgeable, offering running commentary about Roatan and able to clearly answer to any questions.
I had asked for a scenic tour with stops for great views but the only stop was at a 'chocolate factory' with a shop next door that made island art from discarded metal. I'd rate that stop a 3 out of 10. The tour then took us on a drive thru West End, which was a great example of a colorful Caribbean tourist area with lots of local shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels, but we never got out of the van. It would have been better to have stopped here and skipped the chocolate factory.
I feel like we did not really see Roatan. The group rated the overall experience 3 out of 5.
Written February 9, 2023
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Thank you so much for your feedback. I am pleased that your group rated our animal sanctuary a 10-out-of-10! I would love to shear the feedback on the tour guides with our staff so we can improve. Do you have names? WIth a staff of over 100 guides and tour group sizes from 2 guests to 80+ guests almost each tour day, it's hard to know upon whom to focus without names. But, for now, based on your review we'll go on a bus-tour ourselves to help all of the guides know what should be pointed out and where we should stop...even on a very short 4 hour tour of our 30-mile long island. I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your stop at the chocolate factory...it is one of the most frequently requested shops to visit. We hope that you come back for another visit. Now that we know what you don't care for, we can work with our guides and plan a tour with stops that you might enjoy! Thank you again for taking time to share your tour feedback.
Written February 12, 2023
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Loriis
Lawrence, KS65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Alex perfectly tailored our day to our meet our wishes. From my first email inquiry to our cruise ship drop off, this company made arranging a private tour for three friends easy! We did not want to be part of a bus load of tourists visiting on someone else’s timeline. Alex met us at port and asked for clarification about our hopes for the day. We asked for shopping, chocolate, rum, and a West Bay beach. We got it all and then some!
Our first stop was a gas station where Alex was able to recommend a bottle of Honduran beer. (Yes. It was 8:30 a.m. - I was on vacation). He then stopped at the Rusty Fish craft shop, which was so fun!! Then we hit the Chocolate Factory and the Rum Factory. Even though this is a small island, getting around takes awhile, and Alex pointed out important sights as he drove.
After shopping, we were ready for some beach time. Alex took us to Bananarama, where we spent several hours. Somehow, while we relaxed, Alex found some bags and consolidated the results of our shopping into totes. He met us at the resort exit on time and got us back to the port with time to spare.
Roatan is one of my favorite ports, and Alex really helped make it a perfect outing for me and my friends.
I’ll be contacting Victor Bodden Tours again, and I will ask for Alex!
Written October 9, 2023
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Thank you so much for sharing feedback on your private tour of Roatan with Alex! Touring with him can truly be a special experience...and I know he'd love seeing you all again (hint, hint!) It sounds like you were able to visit alot of my favorites, too. Rusty Fish is SO unique, I am constantly amazed at the creativity you can see on display there. And any day you can get "free samples" of Chocolate & Rum Cake is a great day, in my book! Bananarama is my family's favorite for kicking back under the trees and watching the world go by.... I think I may need to book a tour with ALEX!!! Thank you so much for your visit and we really hope that you all come back for another visit...SOON! I'll have Alex waiting to share more with you. Thanks again so much! VB
Written October 11, 2023
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hollyoconnorx
Cork, Ireland22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
What a fantastic day with Victor Bodden Tours! Our tour consisted of a visit to the animal sanctuary followed by a trip to the beach. It was amazing! Our tour guide Joellen was so kind and genuine, she knew so much about Roatan and Honduras it was great to see someone speak with so much love and passion about their country. I learned so much from her! I couldn’t recommend the tour more to be honest, the meeting point is so easy to find, we got to travel inside a cool yellow school bus, everything was so straight forward and relaxed. The sanctuary was unbelievable, the staff are so educated and well spoken about the animals, it was great. The beach we went to was absolutely stunning. I would 100% do this tour again with Victor Bodden Tours if I return to Roatan.
Written March 23, 2023
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Thank you so much for letting me know how much fun that you had touring with Joellen! Her passion for sharing the island with guests is addictive and helps make us all try to do a better job... I'm glad to hear of your fun time with the animals and sanctuary staff. They, too, are passionate about their jobs and their love & caring for their animals is unmatched. The beach... Well, it is stunning...after living here all my life, seeing all the changes, nothing beats the beauty of West Bay Beach. We will be honored to share more of the island with you again soon. Joellen would love to see you again!! Thank you so much. VB
Written March 24, 2023
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Renee2241
Ferguson, NC32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We once again booked a tour with Victor Bodden Tours for our day in Roatan. We had the most amazing day imaginable. I had requested Howard and let me tell you, I'm SOOO glad I did. He was the BEST tour guide possible. We bonded with him and felt like he was family to us. He was waiting on us at the port gates. He filled every single request on my bucket list for the day, and more! Our priority was going to Monkey Business and holding the monkeys and sloths. This was the SOOO awesome. I had asked that we go to an orphanage or school to deliver school supplies. He took us by Sandy Bay Ministries Orphanage and it was beyond our expectations! So glad we made that part of our day. He took us to the West Bay area, to a chocolate factory, to buy souvenirs, shopping, to the lighthouse, photo ops, Stone Castle Cameo factory. I am usually the time watcher on our day trips while on our cruises. I am the one that keeps a close eye on the time to be sure we get back to the ship on time, etc. Howard told us when he picked us up that he was also our "babysitter" for the day, making sure we were taken care of and back to the port on time. I must has truly trusted that he was our babysitter as I didn't look at my watch one time until about 1:30 in the afternoon. The day totally got away from me because of the awesome day I was having. I have to say that Howard made my day in Roatan my favorite day on our cruise. I can't express enough how great he was! He carried our bags when we shopped, he walked around with us, etc. He made sure we had the best treatment possible. You bet when we visit Roatan again I will be sure to line Howard up as our private guide again. Thanks Victor Bodden and Howard for your services!
Written February 7, 2020
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