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“Excellent Driving Tour of Roatan Island”

Channin Bodden Tours
Ranked #8 of 20 things to do in Sandy Bay
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Owner description: Channin Bodden Tours is eager to provide you with a fantastic cruise ship day tour, personal tour, or a special chauffeured service tour around our home, Roatan Island, at your own pace, custom designed just for you and your family. We love our Island and have a lifetime of experience to share with you!Come experience the real face of Roatan.
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Channin was a great guide. He answered my call right away, showed up to pick us up on time and spent 4 hours driving us all over Roatan. He had information about the plants and animals, the history and culture, the neighborhoods and landmarks. He was willing to include any of the attractions that we wanted to see. He also gave us advice on places to eat, beaches to check out and stores to shop. He brought us a cooler of water and soda and his vehicle was comfortable and safe. He was friendly and professional and we felt very confident in his care. When we return we are going to spend a whole day with Channin and see even more of the island!

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

After reading the Trip Advisor reviews, I decided to go with Channin Bodden Tours. My husband and I wanted a very personal tour experience with the person we booked with and not an alternate guide with a large company, and that is just what we got. For our week's stay, we decided to have Channin also pick us up from and take us back to the airport, which also included a trip to a grocery market and fish market to pick up food and supplies for the week. Channin actually went in with us, and helped us find items and even pushed our shopping cart. We also used this time to discuss our island tour later in the week.
For our tour day, Channin picked us up around 9 a.m. and we visited the Victor Bodden monkey farm first. We were able to take photos with adult and baby monkeys, McCaws, and green parents.
Channin even served as our photographer so that both of us could be in the photo with the monkeys on our shoulders. We also visited the Underwater Museum for a day tour and later that evening for night snorkeling. We toured the island all the way to Punta Gorda with stops at Parrot Tree Plantation and Temporary Cal's for lunch (excellent spicy chicken wings). We stopped at the Iguana Farm for the noon feeding and purchased some items at the gift shop. With the night snorkeling, we did not get back to our lodging until after 8 p.m. For senior citizens that sounds like a very long day, but with Channin the whole day went by fast. He is a fifth generation citizen of Roatan, and knows so much about the island and about the people. We even met his wife, girls, and mother. It was more like touring the island with a friend or relative than with a tour guide. We feel like we have made a friend for life with Channin. You can't go wrong using him as your tour guide, and I recommend him highly with no reservations. Thanks again Channin for making our trip to Roatan the best ever!

Thank GrandmaP2
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Just got back from an amazing week in Roatan. The owners of the house we rented connected us with Channin and his Wife Kemberlee when we asked if they could help us find a good babysitter for our 3 year old Son. Channin and I exchanged emails leading up to the trip and when we arrived Channin and Kemberlee came to meet us so we could get acquainted. We knew right away that Kemberlee was going to be great and would be much more than just a "babysitter". Kemberlee then came 4 or 5 times throughout the rest of the week to watch our little guy and also brought her four year old daugher who quickly became our sons amiga. In all seriousness it could not have been a better set up. We were able to dive during the day without any worry that our Son was in good hands. I cannot recommend Kemberlee enough and if and when we return to Roatan we will most definitely contact Channin and Kemberlee again. Thanks for being so great!!!

Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

I met Channin about three years ago on my first trip to Roatan. I can't speak highly enough about him and his love for his culture and the island. He goes above and beyond on his tours and will incorporate anything you are interested in seeing. I recently took a trip with a party of 7 and we were on the island for a week. We spent a day with Channin and he took us to a local spot for lunch which was fantastic! He also taught us a lot about the native plants and how they are used in their culture. Our party found all this very interesting, we even stopped on the road at many places so he could show us plants, (ask him to show you a cashew), now we all understand why they are so expensive. :) We tried Cashew wine, and other local delicacies. Channin also ended up taking us to the grocery store at the end of our day and even helped with finding the stuff on our list. He is very warm, and personable, as well as knowledgeable about the island. I would absolutely without hesitation recommend him for a tour even if you are just there for the day on a cruise ship. He is worth every penny and you will get a much better personal experience than being booked on a cruise tour with 100's of others. I look forward to our next trip and seeing Channin again!

Thank travelbumpkinn
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

We mentioned to our dive operator that we wanted to take an island tour one afternoon and he recommended Channin Bodden Tours, a tour and transportation operator he uses regularly for transporting cruise ship divers to West End. We learned a great deal about the native plant life and wildlife, the local cattle industry, the history of the island and day-to-day life on Roatan. We mentioned several places we were interested in visiting and he incorporated all of them into the tour. Channin is professional and personable and what stands out above all is his genuine love for this beautiful island. We were transported in a spacious, air-conditioned van and cold drinks were provided. We had not yet arranged return transportation to the airport from West End and he gave us a very good price. He picked us up promptly both for the island tour and for our trip to the airport. We highly recommend him and felt like at the end of our journey we made a friend.

Thank 93scuba
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