Our MOST MEMORABLE port was Roatan, Honduras. We really wanted to interact with animals and also experience the mangrove tunnels, so we decided on an inexpensive private tour with Island Marketing Ltd.
Our email correspondence with Monique was very informative and helpful. She let us know ahead of time that entrance fees are not included in the private tour fee so there were no confusion on the day of our tour.
We arrived via RCC Mariner of the Seas at the Coxen Hole Terminal. I don't remember seeing a sign with the Gate # but just stick to the left until you reach a gate (about 5 mins) and you will see a guide with an Island Marketing sign and they'll take care of you.
Our guide, Daniel (He is EXCELLENT! Ask for him if possible.) took us all over the island and is very knowledgeable and down to earth. We can tell the Roatan community is tightly-knitted because everyone seems to know him, which made us feel very safe throughout our trip.
Our first stop was the Monkey Park - the monkeys were adorable and well-groomed. We were able to feed them and have them jump on us. We also saw macaws, toucans and other animals. If given the chance, we would like to stay there longer so we can play with the monkeys more.
Next, Daniel took us to a local supermarket where we purchased bananas for the iguanas (and coffee for us). We arrived at the Iguana Farm where there were hundreds of iguanas. It was quite a sight when we took the bananas out. If you think monkeys go crazy for bananas, wait til you see the iguanas! We also saw large fish and a barracuda at the Iguana Farm. The man who owns the place is very friendly and you can tell how much he loves his iguanas.
We were dropped off with a canoe operator to take us to see the Mangrove Tunnels. It was a relaxing and scenic boat ride - where you can see colorful villages on stilts. The Mangroves are beautiful and a must-see!
We ended the tour at a secluded resort where we ate lunch (try the fish sticks YUM!). My boyfriend and I walked down to the beach where it was extremely quiet and it was just the two of us. We walked along the shore, where the water was crystal clear and very warm.
We arrived early and were dropped off right where our ship was located.
To sum it up, we had an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING time. We highly recommend Roatan Cruise Excursions with Island Marketing. Thank you Daniel for a wonderful experience! When we come back, we'll be sure to get in touch with you.
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