We arrived into Mahogany Bay in Roatan from a Princess cruise ship and were provided very clear instructions on how to meet up with Ana, the GM who was already waiting for us. She took us to the arboretum and told us about the history of the island and BHTA during the trip. The actual tour of the arboretum was done by Helen who was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the entire arboretum. She showed us the hydroponics and was able to answer every one of our many questions thoroughly. We then got to see their aviary and animal sanctuary with tropical birds, iguanas, and other native animals. She then took us to the ornamental garden which was landscaped with exotic plants from all over the world. A lot of them we had never heard of, and some were common like vanilla, black pepper, etc yet very interesting to see how they're actually grown and harvested. We then moved on to the orchards which had countless varieties of fruits, and Helen was extremely knowledgeable about every tree and type of fruit. You could tell that she is heavily involved with the hydroponics, ornamental garden, and orchards every single day. She has a wealth of knowledge and is not just tour guide - she is very hands on and involved with the development of the hydroponics, ornamentals, and orchards. At the end, we got to taste the "Mata Sabor" which is a crazy experience. After we ate it, she cut up an un-ripe lime for us to try, and it tasted as sweet as a Sonic Limeade...incredible! At the end of the tour of the arboretum, we paid a little extra for a tour around the island and Ana showed us several attractions - not just the touristy beaches. You can also tell that Ana is incredibly involved in the local community and cares a lot about Roatan and making it a great place for locals and tourists. Every where we went, people knew Ana and would greet her by name, and she knew the ins and outs of the whole island both from the tourism perspective and the perspective of a local. Both Helen and Ana were extremely knowledgeable and gracious and we had a wonderful experience at BHTA. Definitely recommended and a great value, too!
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