Overall our stay at Omega Lodge was positive. The staff were lovely, the location is gorgeous, the accommodation was fine for the cost (free private room with shared bath with tours, $20pp if you're not doing a tour - which is reasonably expensive by local standards but you're paying for the beautiful location). We liked the place itself so much that we decided to stay on an extra night after our tour and just hang around. The only problem we had was the tour itself - as others have mentioned in their reviews, the river is low and as a result, when people book the rafting trip, they actually get a mixed white water swimming/rafting trip. So, instead of a 4 hour rafting trip (as per the website), what we ended up doing was about 1.5 hours 'white water swimming' (swimming in the river, climbing rocks, jumping off rocks) and 1 hour rafting (+ travel time - making the tour almost 3 hours). Personally, I quite enjoyed the white water swimming - it reminded me of the stuff I would've loved doing as a kid. My husband enjoyed it a bit less, and probably wouldn't have agreed to the trip if he'd known what we were in for. But, the main thing is that we signed up for (and paid for) rafting (more expensive), under the understanding that we would be doing the tour as described on the website. Not until we were at the lodge, ready to go on the tour did the guide explain to us (vaguely) what was going to happen. Never in my e-mail communication with the owners did they say that we wouldn't be able to do the rafting tour as described, nor when we checked in and the owners showed us around. I actually felt a little sorry for the tour guide when I heard him giving the same spiel the next morning. My husband and I aren't complainers and try to make the best of every situation so we just took it as it came and tried to enjoy the experience (which we mainly did, on the whole). I will say that rafting and 'white water swimming' are quite different animals - I think the skill level you need for rafting is much lower, and I could imagine some serious accidents happening on the rock climbing/jumping in the 'white water swimming'. Running on wet rocks to jump into the river doesn't seem particularly safe, and we had a bit of a scary moment when my husband slid down the rock only to be stopped by a rope being held by a staff member who was about half my husband's size.
Apart from that, the food & bar were decent but a bit expensive by local standards (although this was expected).
As I say, overall the place was really quite lovely. I was tossing up between 3 and 4 stars but I feel 4 stars would have missed the point a little bit given that the whole reason we ended up at the lodge was to go rafting and the rafting itself turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The OMEGA TOURS ECO JUNGLE LODGE is nestled between two breathtaking National Parks, and just 10 km from the Caribbean coast. we are in the middle of tropical rain forest with one of the biggest collection of different fruit- and ornamental- plants in Honduras. There is a cool freshwater pool and heaps of hammocks for your relaxation but also jungle trails on the lodge grounds for you to explore. In our Restaurant "La Jungla" we try to serve the freshest, most organic and healthiest food possible. Come and enjoy the relaxed and chilled atmosphere of the lodge and start your outdoor adventures from here: rafting, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, MTB, animal- and bird- watching.... tours from a half to 21 days! Join us in nature! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Omega Jungle Hotel La Ceiba
- Omega Tours Eco Jungle Lodge Honduras/La Ceiba