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“Custom private tour was very worthwhile”

Rony's Tours - Private Guide
Ranked #18 of 229 Tours in Roatan
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

My husband had a hip replacement, so we were not interested in zip lining or some of the other more athletic things to do. We were savvy enough to know you can save a lot by booking your own tour rather than by taking a tour for the cruise ship. When I looked at the reviews of tours, I was looking for high ratings, flexibility in the tour and getting back to the boar tin time. The reviews of Rony showed he met all of those criteria. We walked through the gate out of the port and there was Rony's group holding signs-one a bus tour with his people, the other a private tour with Rony himself. For $40 each for the two of us, Rony spent 4 hours driving us around the island while giving a detailed history of the island and teaching us about the culture. Rony used to work for Celebrity cruise line and worked for the cruise director, so he had a good understanding of what we would want. We did visit the monkeys (but did not do zipline), went to the ruins, went to West End, went shopping, stopped to buy souvenirs at the side of the road and learned a lot about the educational system history, and other things about the country. I highly recommend his services.

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

My husband and I recently visited Roatan on our honeymoon. We booked Rony's Tours prior to our trip due to the prices of cruise line tours. We didn't regret it one bit. We were greeted by Arnold just outside of the port. Arnold took us to a gorgeous site overlooking island. My husband and I booked the Maya zipline/Monkey excursion tour. It was wonderful. The zipline itself was an extraordinary experience. Worth every penny, this tour included at least 10 varying lines. The guides were informative and concerned for our safety. They also taught us how to do tricks, like ziplining upside-down. After our zipline excursion, we had a chance to have a hands-on experience with monkeys. The zipline company had several monkeys that were very friendly. Seeing the monkeys up close was amazing. Finally, Arnold took us West Beach, were my husband and I enjoyed the beautiful beaches that Roatan has to offer. It was the highlight of our cruise and, hands down, the best experience a person could ask for. We will be booking through Rony's Tours again when we return to Roatan in the future.

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Left the cruise ship and made our way out of the gated port area. Easily found Arnold holding a sign for us. He walked us to our waiting van and went over the private tour plans we had made. Since it was raining, he recommended the best order for the day.

First stop was the Iguana Farm. We were the only people there and the children didn't mind the rain while hand feeding giant stock leafy greens to 100's of Iguanas. Arnold was very patient with and allowed us to pace the day. He offered us his umbrella to use, but I had brought ponchos. Checked out the fish, monkeys and little shop too while there. Good prices on hand made items and great selection for a tiny store there.

Next stop was a cold drink at Rony's while the rain was heavy. Also an opportunity to see the different neighborhoods. Rony's little store also had some hand made items. My son enjoyed shopped there while we finished our drinks and waited out the rain.

Next stop was the monkey reserve and butterfly farm. Another fun stop and Arnold was again patient as we explored. The rain finally stopped. Arnold helped the kids rinse off some of the mud and clean up before moving on. One monkey "Jake" decided he loved my husband and wasn't getting off his head. Great photo op for us and everyone else there! Another great adventure for the kids! We still joke about Jake.

We made our way up a little mountain for a photo op and another quick shopping stop at the local venders there. My husband needed to buy a new t-shirt as his little monkey friend got him muddy! Arnold was very patient and friendly, always sharing information and helpful suggestions, but never rushing us. Bought some great coffee there. Again wished I had bought more as we love it.

A quick stop at the orphanage to drop off some donations and then on to the beach. The kids swam while we enjoyed a cold drink on the beach. Arnold was great and shared a great deal about the island, history, culture as we drove from place to place. He also made sure we got back to port at the time we wanted so we could shop before getting back on the cruise ship.

The individual attention, ability to adjust the itinerary and pace, and private tour was great for us. Having two sons-7&10- we like booking private tours for those reasons. Arnold was a wonderful guide. Very patient, friendly and kind. Even when we got a lot of mud in the van from the heavy rain in the morning. He said to not worry about it and he would take care of it. He checked with me through out the tour but was never pushy.

The contact with Rony via internet, answering our questions, booking the tour and follow up from him was also very good. We would highly recommend using Rony's Tours again!

Some thoughts about the island and tour... Don't let the rain stop you! As we were told by Arnold, morning rain is very common. Come prepared for the rain & mud. Ponchos are a good insurance to keeping everyone dry and happy. Pace yourself. Arnold was great in adjusting our itinerary to our needs and what were enjoying. Had we canceled we would have missed out on one of our favorite stops on that cruise.

Thank you Arnold and Rony for a wonderful tour of your island. We hope to come visit for a week next time!

Michele, Brian & boys

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We highly recommend Rony's Tours! Angel, our tour guide, was the best! He drove us everywhere on that island and provided a wealth of information regarding the different sights. You cannot go wrong with Rony's Tours. Book ahead on the internet and your tour guide will be waiting near the dock when your cruise ship arrives. It is easy to book. It is not expensive. It is a fabulous tour! And the great part is that you define your tour.... you select what attractions your tour includes! Also, the transportation supports the size of the group. You are not grouped with others to make up a minimum group size. My wife and I were the only persons on the tour. Amazing!

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We booked with Rony's Tours after looking at other great reviews. We walked to the meeting location and were greeted by Rony, himself. We lucked out and were escorted for the entire day by his father, Cameron. What a treat! Cameron was an amazing driver who made us feel totally safe, cared for, and had tons of great information about the beautiful island of Roatan. He took us to the monkey tour, the orphanage, and to two fabulous snorkeling locations, one of which had the best fish dishes! The snorkeling locations were perfect - clear water, hardly any people around. We beat everyone to the good spots, because we were in our own vehicle and weren't hampered by a bunch of other tourists. The price was very reasonable, and we felt like we couldn't have gone with a better guide or company! Hats off to Rony's,and to Cameron! Loved it - and we definitely will recommend Rony's Tours to anyone!

Thank Chy M
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