My husband and I booked this excursion through our cruise. We were not expecting anything spectacular because it was the least expensive excursion of all the ports. The price was incredibly reasonable... and more than worth it!
Our guide, Lena, picked us up at the port in a very nice, clean, air conditioned van. There were about 18 of us in the group. We drove across Roatan for about 15-20 minutes and Lena pointed out everything from the local grocery store to the Mayor's office. It was fascinating to learn about the local culture and the island is gorgeous!
When we got to the Underwater Museum, it was paradise. It is a little piece of beach front shaded by trees. When you look out, all you see is gorgeous, turquoise blue water! I couldn't wait to jump in! On the grounds they have a bar (with cheap soda, water, and booze), a pizza grill, a restroom, a place to change your clothes, and a large shared locker. (We left everything from wallets to iphones without worry.)
So, when we got there, we were given a quick run though of the snorkeling expedition and were told a little about Mayan history. We then walked down the pier and got in to a boat to go to the landing out by the reef. Once there we got our snorkel equipment, which was very high quality equipment. The people with less snorkeling experience were given different colored life vests so the guides could help them out easier. The guides led us through the snorkeling tour but we were pretty much on our own to explore. The snorkeling was amazing! There are some historical replicas but the best part was all the marine life we saw.... fish, starfish, and even octopus! The coral garden was so gorgeous!
Once we were done snorkeling, we went back to the beach and had about an hour to relax and enjoy the grounds. We got some pizza and soda and just layed around on the lounge chairs. It as a perfect day!!
I found out after we left that they have a cabana on site they rent for the week... We loved it so much, we are actually going to look in to visiting again! I highly recommend this excursion :)
p.s. This is a lot of swimming.... there were a couple older folks on the trip that could not swim the whole way and waited on the dock. You don't have to be a good swimmer, just have some endurance.
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