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“Best of Roatan”

Channin Bodden Tours
Ranked #6 of 14 Tours in Sandy Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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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 December 31, 2013

After reviewing all the available resources from Trip Advisor, our family of four decided to hire Channin Bodden to tour the Island of Roatan. We made a good decision.

My niece who is currently attending college in London, decided to visit us in the U.S. during the Christmas break. She travels within Europe frequently but has never been to the Caribbean. We decided to take her on a cruise to the Caribbean. We chose the Carnival Sunshine because it matches her schedule. The first port of call was to Roatan, Honduras on Christmas Day. I emailed Channin two weeks before arrival to see his availability. He immediately reply to say he is available. We made arrangements through emails, he provided excellent directions on where to meet on the day of arrival. No advance payments are needed.

On Christmas Day 2013, we arrived at Mahogany Bay, Roatan as scheduled. We walked out the pier as instructed, with email directions in hand, we literally follow the crowd of tourists to the exit. After about a 10 minute walk, we saw at least 30-40 different tour companies holding up their signs. Channin was holding up his sign waiting for us. We have visited many places around the world, but the feeling is the same, "excited" when you land in a foreign place, and you saw a familiar sign waiting and greeting you. I walked up to Channin and introduced myself. He led us to his private vehicle, a white Toyota Corolla. It was clean and has air condition, it was good enough for the 4 of us. I asked Channin before he started his engine, what are the plans for the day. I believe we have about 6 hours before we have to get back to the ship. He took out a Map of Roatan and showed us where he intended to take us. I said to him, I have absolutely no idea where I want to go. He said no worries, he has a plan for us. Channin speaks perfect English as he was high school educated in the United States. He is an excellent tour guide. He is always telling us the history, the culture, and the local customs of Roatan, which I enjoy. He obviously enjoy his work and proud of his accomplishments. He is 29 and already own his own business. He plans to grow his business gradually. I enjoy our conversation as much as I enjoy visiting the various sights.

Our first stop was to to the East End. This is like the eastern point of the small island. There is a public beach there but not too many people around. The shops are also all closed because of Christmas Day. We drove around for a few minutes and decided not to stop. Next he asked us whether we wanted to visit the monkey park. We have many hours to spend so I say why not. The monkey park is very small. The entrance is US$10 each. We were provided a park guide. He led us to a couple of monkey cages where small baby monkeys climb on our heads and shoulders and photobomb us. There are parrot cages where you can take pictures up close with the birds. The tour lasted about 30 minutes. I would not say this is worth it for the cost or for the time. If you have done this in other places before, I would say skip this monkey park place. If you have small children, it may be fun for the children to experience baby monkeys climbing all over them.

My niece and my 16 year-old son want to go snorkeling next. We do not have our own gears, so Channin said no problem. He has some gears at home so he drives to his house to pick up the gears. He also pick up a life jacket for my niece who is not a strong swimmer. We next drove to the West Bay, where a really beautiful public beach is located. I think half the tourists from the ship is here. All the shops are opened for business here. Channin's first cousin runs a little operation here. He made arrangement for a boat to take my niece and my son to the off shore reef for snorkeling. Channin asked what we prefer him to do and I said, go snorkeling with the teenagers, we will just walk around the beach and get something to drink along the beach. His face lighted up because I think he really like snorkeling. I said keep an eye on my niece. Off they went to 2 or 3 different spots. The entire duration was about 90 minutes, the cost is only $25 each. My wife and I spent the 90 minutes walking along the beach and then drink some mango juice in one of the restaurants. It says free Wi-Fi but it does not work that day. My wife wanted to post some pictures on Facebook so no Wi-Fi is no big deal. Channin said they saw many types of fishes, lobsters, and a family of sea turtles. They did not see any wild dolphins that day. Overall, the teenagers enjoyed their snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea.

We next went to a semi-private harbor. I think this is the place where the boat take people out diving. We stop for some pictures but did not stay long. We drove to downtown where Channin showed up where he grew up, where his grandma still lives, and where he used to work. After about 5-6 hours of private sight seeing, the tour is over and we are on our way back to the ship. The cost is only $25 for each person. I always tip generously in the service sectors.

Roatan is just like one of the many Caribbean Islands, but I would rate Roatan is one of my favorite stops because of Channin. A good tour guide can make a place more memorable. This is my fourth cruise and I remembered all the good tour guides, Channin is one of them. The cost of hiring a private tour guide if half the cost of going through the ship operator. Since we have our own car we decide our own schedules. I would do it this way again.

Thank you Channin for a very memorable Christmas Day (in 85 degree weather). And best wishes to you when you return to Oregon next September to pick potatoes.

Thank Madison_35758
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

This was our fourth trip to Roatan in three years. We found Channin on our second trip and have not used another guide since. With Channin you get very personalized service. Most of the time you get either Channin himself or his wife Kimberly and both are excellent. If you go with a larger tour company, you do not always get your guide of choice. In addition, Channin makes a special effort to find you the exact activities that you are looking for. On this trip, Channin knew how much I liked to snorkel and how I had my heart set on seeing an Octopus, so he found me Roatan Ocean Connections with his boyhood friend Herbert Wood who not only found me Octopus while night snorkeling, but also found lobster and other sea creatures at a reasonable price. My husband stayed home, so I went with Channin by myself, and felt as comfortable with him as I would my own sons. We even bring little presents for his family when we come. If you want a Roatan experience that is far better than just taxi service or standard guide service packages, book with Channin Bodden tours. You will not be disappointed.

1  Thank GrandmaP2
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

Channin Bodden Tours - the best way to see Roatan in one day. Channin was waiting for us at our meeting point with cold beverages and a clean, air conditioned vehicle. We toured the entire island, learned about local customs, plants and island history, enjoyed a delicious lunch (don't miss the rice and beans), stopped at a quiet beach, and took lots of photos throughout the day. It was a fantastic day in Roatan with a polite, professional tour guide.

Thank Dan-Nubia G
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Channin gave us a great tour of Roatan. He knows, and obviously loves, the island (as a native) and showed us the sights with enthusiasm and lots of information. He took us all over the island, including swimming at a great beach that the natives use (it was NOT packed with tourists!). He even customized our tour on the fly for us. He also took us to great shopping, and lunch was outstanding! We feel we made a wonderful new friend and look forward to returning to Roatan and touring with Channin.

Thank KateSC353
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I've used Channin's services several times and with each visit he becomes more like family. This last visit he waited for us in the pouring (I mean it was coming down in sheets of water) rain even though we were late, he refused to leave because he wanted to make sure he didn't miss us.

He got us out of the storm and even though our dive was cancelled because of the horrible weather he had already arranged a full day of activities for us. We could do as much or as little as we wanted and he moved at our pace.

Oh! If only every tour operator cared so much about their clients!!! A visit to Roatan is NOT complete without seeing Channin's smiling face. His wife, Kimberly, is equally wonderful!!!

Whatever you want to do, however much time you have, contact Channin - he seems to know everyone and is so knowledgeable about his tiny island paradise. I can guarantee you that you won't be sorry!!!

Thank HopeHouston
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