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“Bodden Tours Is a Wonderful Resource”

Roatan Culture Tours - Day Tours
Ranked #10 of 21 Tours in Coxen Hole
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Victor Bodden has a variety of tour activities. If none of them meets your needs, you can design your own "Best of Roatan" tour. We have used his guides for private tours twice, from cruise ships.

First, if you come into Mahogany Bay, you have to walk over the hill to meet your private tour, but there is a $2 a person taxi service from the port, if you so desire. Bodden Tours was waiting for us when we arrived.

Our guide this year, Tex, speaks English as his first language, which was helpful. We had done some research and knew basically what we wanted to do, but took Tex's advice on order and recommendation for lunch and some other sights. He is a native of Roatan and full of information about the culture, history, current economy and lifestyle, most informative.

We went to a school in Punta Gorda first, with three backpacks full of school supplies that we brought down with us. Check www.roatanchildrensfund.com for information on clinics, schools, orphanages that need supplies and volunteer power. There's a link on Victor Bodden's website www.boddentours.com. We went to a school last year with supplies and the "Gracias" we got from children in such need was hugely rewarding; so we decided to do it again. This school is mostly Garifuna children. Every American kid should see this environment so they can appreciate what we have! No electricity, windows with no glass, tables and no chairs, books that are shared and worn beyond belief. But the teachers are dedicated and start the day with songs and upbeat activities to engage the children. School is not mandatory, but those who go are dedicated. We spent about an hour there, then went to an exhibition of the Garifuna culture. This was very contrived for tourists, but interesting nonetheless. We arrived before the main tour group from the cruise ship, so had a chance to chat with the historian and ask a lot of questions.

When we went to the tour company office to pay, we chatted with Victor briefly . His attitude is that there are no strangers, only friends we haven't yet met. He is very dedicated to customer service and satisfaction. Adjacent to the office is another activity that is contrived for tourists, "Victor's Monkey Business." It's a small zoo through which a guide takes you and tells about the caged animals. The highlight is going into big cages with white faced Capuchin monkeys to play. They hop to and fro, landing on your head, neck, shoulders, arms, handbags, whatever, and are really fun. Worth the $5 extra fee.

We saw a lot of other sights on the small island of Roatan, and had a wonderful lunch at a restaurant overlooking Half Moon Bay. Our last stop was at the cameo factory. We didn't buy anything, but were interested in how they are made. The sales girl was part of the owner's family and delightful. She knew we weren't going to buy, but was very friendly and informative.

The cost for the tour was $40 per person, just two of us, for the day. We had our own guide, for a personally designed tour in a comfortable air conditioned van. We did pay for Tex's lunch and tipped him in addition. This is definitely the way to see the most in Roatan, and the guides are friendly, proud of their island and knowledgeable and ready to share with tourists. I'm sure there are other good tour companies as well, but we've had great luck with Bodden Tours two years in a row, so would definitely use them again and recommend them.

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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Cinthia was a fabulous tour guide. She showed us all areas of the island and informed us about the locations, people, culture and history. We visited the Iguana Farm and the Monkey park. We enjoyed interacting with the animals at both of these locations. Irwin was a wonderful host as we played with the monkeys. We also visited "Pirates of the Caribbean" and met the monkeys there. Unfortunately we were unable to make time for the zip line. The kids (12 and 15) said that Roatan was there favorite stop on the cruise. We would definitely like to return. If and when we do, we will definitely return to this excursion and request Cinthia.

Thank Cindy M
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

This tour offers to see the best of the island. It lasts about 4 hrs (depending on the weather) but gives you a well-rounded picture on the history of the island, its people and its connection with the main land. You will have an idea about their political environment, educational system, traditions, agricultural specifics, highlights of flora and fauna. You will be able to interact with iguanas, parrots, turtles, monkeys. Highly recommend a shot of local rum with coconut water!

Thank Ollie D
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Cynthia, Shelly and Penny are THE most knowledgable, punctual and fun drivers on the WHOLE island! They love to tell the history of Roatan as well as share it's secrets with you. No matter the situation the ladies can see it through with a joke and a smile. I have been going to Roatan for over 7 years and we have always hired them to drive us around. If you are in Roatan and want to have a great time and see the island... Give Shelly a call!

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Reviewed April 13, 2012

We arrived on the Carnival Glory April 6th and had pre-booked on-line with Roatan Culture Tours. We had an amazing day on Roatan. The only negative issue was the fact that we had my mom in a wheelchair. When you get off the ship you have to walk up a very steep hill and then back down to reach the off-ship tours. I wished we had of known this and would have booked a taxi right from the pier to take us up the hill with the wheelchair.

Our tour guide was Maryann and she was a delight. She told us all about "her" island and took us to West Bay and round the tip of the island. She then asked what we wanted to do as it was Good Friday and lots of things were closed so I said to take us to a beach. She took us to Little French Key. We board a plantoon boat and for $18 US each you go over to the island. Needless to say this was the highlight of our vacation. It is simply a little piece of heaven. We would have spent the entire day there if we had of known. Beautiful beaches, lots of loungers, crystal clear water, amazing staff, great swimming. Didn't want to leave.

BUT, we did leave and headed back to the ship. Maryann was again very insightful and was able to take us right back to the pier (the off-ship tour companies are not allowed to come in to pick you up bu are allowed to return you to the pier).

We could have done the whole island but ran out of time as the beach was just too nice to leave. The price per person was $25 US and well worth the money. Cynthia was very good about e-mailing me with answers to my questions and they take you anywhere you request..


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