During the 45-minute sightseeing drive, your knowledgeable Roatan Shore Excursion guide will entertain you with stories of Roatan's colorful history which includes Indians, pirates, slaves, and buried treasures. On a clear day, you may well see shipwrecks on the coast too.
Your panoramic ride will take you thru the fishing towns of French Harbor and French Cay before heading up into the mountains for great photo opportunities of this lovely jungle island off the Honduras coast. You will arrive at Oakridge, where you will discover a traditional Caribbean fishing village where the houses are built on stilts. Shrimp and lobster boats bob up and down nearby in the clear Caribbean.
At this point, you will board an authentic Cayuco boat, to cruise through tropical mangroves on a canal dug to connect the harbors and bays. A Cayuco is a rustic, motorized canoe making this a true experience of what the locals use in their everyday lives. Make sure to keep an eye out for wildlife along the banks including a wide variety of birds. The cayuco boat ride takes about 1 hour. You can also choose to stop at the famous Hole in the Wall restaurant afterward. This is a traditional stop; the restaurant offers tasty burgers, fresh seafood, cold beer, and more available at an additional cost.
Then, your air-conditioned transportation will be waiting to take you on a 30-minute ride to the Big Bight Beach and Restaurant. This is your Roatan horseback riding excursion base camp. You will be matched with a horse that suits your riding skills and weight, and after brief instructions, you will be riding your horse to a secluded beach. Your Roatan horseback riding guide will lead you on a calm pace ride along scenic roads and through the green rainforest. Then, time allowing, enjoy a slow-paced ride on the beach along the water. Sometimes, weather and time permitting, you may well head into the hilltops for stunning views. Your ride will take about 45 minutes and small children can ride along with their parents or a guide. Please check the restrictions for more information regarding weight and age.
Once back on Big Bight Beach, it's time to cool down by snorkeling out over the Meso-American Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world so you are in for quite a treat. The boat is docked right at the beach's pier and it is a fast ride out to the coral reefs. Your guide will provide the snorkel equipment including a life jacket (optional). Your snorkel excursion guide will point out areas of interest and it's not unusual to spot stingrays, porkfish, and king crabs along with the myriad of colorful tropical fish. The water has amazing visibility, so you are sure to see it all. The snorkel portion of this Roatan shore excursion takes about 30 minutes and it is not necessary to have previous experience or be a good swimmer, just feel comfortable in the water, relax and enjoy this great Roatan nature combo cruise excursion. Please note that guests will be snorkeling from the boat in the deeper water and may not be able to touch the bottom.
Then, you'll find yourself back on the dock in Big Bight Beach, enjoy 30 minutes to catch your breath, buy a cold drink or simply enjoy the view at this pristine Roatan beach. The Big Bight Beach Restaurant offers tasty traditional dishes and fresh seafood for purchase. Lounge chairs, restrooms, and other facilities are available on-site at no additional cost.
When your Roatan Mangrove Cruise, Horseback Riding Beach, and Snorkel Excursion is completed, you climb aboard your transportation for the return trip to your Roatan cruise ship pier. Sit back and relax as you are driven, once more, by the beauty that is Roatan Island.
Maximum guest weight for Horseback Riding is 300 Lbs (136Kg). Guests will be weighed on-site.
Come with us and experience the best of Roatan island. Boating through the mangroves, snorkeling over the barrier reef, and horseback riding through the lush tropics. This special sightseeing and nature Roatan shore excursion will help you make memories that will last a lifetime.