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“Felt Very Safe and Saw A Lot”

Murphy's Roatan Tours
Ranked #11 of 20 things to do in Sandy Bay
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: If you are coming to roatan and want a custom tour with just your group that is safe comfortable and above all personal, we pay attention to details. so if being PAMPERED and seeing a beautiful and enchanted island paradise then murphys roatan tours is for you. we offer ziplining diving horseback riding island tours east aand west if you can think of it we can make it happen. go ahead and book your tour and i will see you in roatan.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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247 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Felt Very Safe and Saw A Lot”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

The ships makes it a little difficult to take a private tour but it was worth it. Murphy met us exactly where he said he would and was very nice. We had booked a private tour since there were several things we wanted to do. He knew EVERYTHING about the Island and was happy to share information and answer questions with us. We did the West End tour, ziplining, the Cameo Factory and the shopping district. The tour we got was great and we felt we learned a lot about the area. The zipline was FANTASTIC. I do not even know how many runs there were but compared to others on the ship who had gone other places we got a lot more for our money! The Cameo Factory is not worth more than a 5 minute visit. A good size gas station is bigger. I would highly reccomend Murphy to anyone wishing to do several things on the Island and to save some money in the process.

Visited October 2012
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bigmurphRoatan, Owner at Murphy's Roatan Tours, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
thank you so much ck2694 for your great review so glad you enjoyed the zipline and it has 18 stations the best on the island and monkeys also at the zipline i was my pleasure to serve you and hope to see in the future may god bless murphy
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Deer Park, Texas
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“You made our day in Roatan FABULOUS!!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We just returned to Texas, and I wanted to tell you THANK YOU! Our day with you was even better than we expected. We paid online to save the 16%, and also used Coconut Tree Divers as John Rickert recommended. Ben at Coconut did an EXCELLENT job with our family. And Max, Jared & John at the zipline adventure were TREMENDOUS!! I'm SO GLAD you recommended them over the more commercial locations pushed by Carnival. It was truly the best $40 value I've ever received in my life! They were so nice and friendly, and getting to hold monkeys and pet parrots, toucans, and deer was an added and unexpected bonus. Everyone in our extended family, ranging in age from 11 to 48, LOVED the zipline and the guys there! The day was comfortable, safe and wonderful thanks to having Murphy's escort and advice. It was my favorite day of the entire 7-day trip. Thanks so much!!

Shannon Burke
Deer Park, Texas

Visited July 2013
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bigmurphRoatan, Owner at Murphy's Roatan Tours, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
thank you so much Shannon B for your kind and informative review i sure enjoyed my time with you guys and now you can tell your friends how wonderful roatan really is. i hope to see you guys again soon may god bless murphy
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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12 reviews
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“Wonderfully flexible private tour!”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

I'm a travel agent and recently spent a day in Roatan. I arrived on the Carnival Conquest. Since we had a group of 10 including 4 children under 9yrs old, I wanted to find a tour company that could customize a tour for us. We all had different interests and abilities and Murphy's Tour was very accommodating. I booked through the website using paypal. This was a little confusing, but Jon (the accounting person for the company) contacted me immediately after I submitted my first request. Then he even contacted me by phone and explained all our options. I told him what we wanted and he gave me his opinions and ideas on how to customize our day. When we arrived on the island, there was a bit of a walk to the "non" Carnival tour guides. Carnival does not let other tour companies park in the large parking lot at the entrance to cruise village. So you have to walk through the village, up a large set of stairs and walkway outside, and then down a large hill. Don't let this stop you from booking excursions outside of the cruise lines. It's worth the savings and the experiences of better tour options. Murphy's driver/guide was very easy to find once we got to the tour guide section. Jaime was our guide and Elvis was our driver. Jaime was incredible! Our first stop was at the Monkey Farm. The kids loved this, but it's a VERY small Monkey Farm with various animals and butterflies. It's a little unorganized, but Jaime stayed with us and helped to keep the staff at the farm on track. Then we headed to Bananarama Beach Resort. Since everything was pre-paid, Jaime walked head of us and took care of getting our wrist bands. He also helped arrange our beach chairs. I brought an umbrella because I had a 1yr old and 3yr old with us and Jaime even helped to set that up. Although, the umbrellas are only $5 to rent, so I probably would not bring one again. The only negative about the beach is that there are TONS of locals bothering you with various tourist junk to purchase. They just continue to ask over and over the entire time. It gets annoying. After playing on the beach, my husband went to grab some water. Again, he ran into Jaime who quickly showed us where the free water was. After some play time it was time for 2 of us to go diving, 3 to go ziplining, and 3 to remain at the beach. Jaime took the zipliners and Murphy showed up to drive my husband and I to dive with the Coconut Tree Dive Company. He was very professional and gave us additional information about the island and his rental properties (that I'd consider coming back and utilizing). The dive was good and the company was very professional. We are basic scuba diver certified, so Emily, the diver master joined us. But there were more advanced divers on the boat too. Again, since everything was prepaid, the transition to this activity was smooth. The original plan was to pick up the zipliners and take them back to the beach to hang out with the other families members while waiting for us to finish our dive. BUT, the dive took a little longer than originally thought. So Jaime grabbed the zipliners and then picked up the remaining family members at the beach. Again, he helped break down the umbrella and collected all the belongings and drove that group back to the cruise port. Once we finished diving, Murphy filled us in on the new plan and drove us directly to the cruise port. We arrived 1hr prior to ship departure, which turned out to be perfect. The time/activity changes happened seamlessly. Jaime and Murphy were in constant phone contact with each other, which made the whole day smooth and worry-free. I couldn't have asked for a better tour company and would highly suggest them. When you book, request Jaime as your guide.
On a side note, 2 of our family members weren't able to go on the tour because they were sea sick. Murphy was very understanding and said that we would get money back for their tour. Since we've only been home for 1 day, this has not yet been processed.

Visited June 2013
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bigmurphRoatan, Owner at Murphy's Roatan Tours, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
thank you so much Jessica W for your great feedback i strive to make every tour something to remember im so glad we made your day here in paradise ROATAN thank you for using us and hope to see you soon may god bless murphy
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Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
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“Extremely Pleased!!!”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Murphy and his team were awesome!!! I cannot recommend them enough and will DEFINITELY be booking with them on my next trip to Roatan. We had 2 groups that did 2 different things part of the day and both Murphy and Curtis were absolutely amazing. I also highly recommend the zip line. What fun we had!!! Thanks again Murphy and Curtis. :)

Visited May 2013
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bigmurphRoatan, Owner at Murphy's Roatan Tours, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
thank you so much for your great review CARODGERS89 so happy that curtis and i was able to make your day here in roatan one to remember and we hope to see you guys again soon may god bless murphy
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Bryant, Arkansas
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3 reviews
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“You won't be disappointed”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

You will not be disappointed with Murphy Tours. I booked and paid for our excursion online before we left for our cruise. When we arrived at the port Murphy was waiting for us right where he said he would be. He is very personable and a pleasure to be around. He first took us to the Monkey/butterfly farm and then to zipline. Afterwards we went shopping and to the beach. After each activity he was waiting on us exactly where he said he would be. It was really nice booking with Murphy because we were ahead of all of the cruise excursions...so no crowds. I wish we could of had more time to spend with Murphy!!!!

Visited May 2013
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bigmurphRoatan, Owner at Murphy's Roatan Tours, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
yhank you so much KELLYH im so happy that i had the chance to meet you guys and share a little bit of island hospitality with you people like you makes the world a whole lot better may god bless murphy
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