Roatan Island Tour Excursion Reviews
This was the best tour i have ever taken. We booked a private tour with Victor Bodden Tours and this was amazing. We did the Fun-n-Sun tour. This Island is amazing, beautiful, etc. We saw the real island from the slums to the Rich and spent time on the beach. What a great island, Cant wait to go back.
In Roatan, we took the "Botanical Gardens, West End Village, Cultural Show & Cameos" excursion, booked through Princess. This provided a nice view of the island as you drove around to four different locations. I'm not sure what they expected us to get out of the West End Village & Cultural Show stop. Mostly, that seems to be a place for scuba divers, with every third business being a dive shop. The "Cultural Show" included a few traditional dancers, not much different than what you see right off the ship in the shopping area for free. The Botanical Gardens and Butterfly/Bird/Animal sites, however, were very interesting and well worth the visit.
We had booked driver for the day (Juan Carlos). He wasn't at the gate where the independent operators meet with the tourists. However, the independent operators called him and we got set up with Ismael Matute firstname.lastname@example.org. He was great. We told him that my wife wanted to take some scenic pictures around the island, we wanted to see the monkeys, butterflies and get in some shopping.
At first he took us to some of the normal tourist traps to shop. But, in the end we found the best deals to be at the monkey park (they were about half the price of the other locations). We handled monkeys at both the monkey park and the butterfly sanctuary. The guides at both locations were great and gave us all the time we wanted. We did the zip-lines at the butterfly sanctuary and was one of our best memories of the trip. They took pictures and video of us on the zip-lines and then sold us a dvd for only $10.00. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
We arranged for a van to pick us up and take us to several locations, including an iguana experience where we could feed dozens of iguanas that were walking around freely and another small wild animal park where we could interact with capuchin monkeys, a gentle sloth, and several varieties of tropical birds. Our day ended at Parrot Tree Plantation Resort, which is situated next to a beautiful lagoon near the ocean.