Carnival Magic could not dock in Mahogany Bay due to weather, but our tour guides, Daniel and his mother, Diana, expected as much because of the strong winds, so we were easily able to connect. Most of our original group were going on different tours, so we had to tag along as they were dropped off, but Daniel told us so much about Roatan that the time spent was worthwhile. Diana took my friend and me (the only two people) on the Garifuna, Mangrove, and Iguana Farm tour. Diana was very accommodating since both of us have issues that can make walking difficult. She stopped at a supermarket so that we could buy snacks, and she gave us a hand whenever necessary. While the island of Roatan is not somewhere that I would probably go as a destination unless I were very interested in diving or snorkeling, what we learned about its way of life was very interesting. We drove through an original Garifuna village; I had never heard of Garifuna before this tour. The iguana farm was not quite what I expected as the iguanas were free-ranging, but we did see a lot of the little creatures, including an albino, and we were able to feed them leaves and touch them. It seems that many of the females were missing as they were out laying eggs! The mangrove boat tour was fun and well worth taking. We ended up at Parrot Tree Plantation Resort where we sat under a palapa and had a snack. This tour gave us a great overview of Roatan, and Diana was fabulous! I think children would especially enjoy this tour (they could go swimming at Parrot Tree Plantation) while parents could enjoy sitting on the beach.
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