Roatan was the most beautiful stop along our cruise. The lush mountain jungles of the island and the beautiful water were amazing. We took a catamaran and snorkeling excursion with Jolly roger catamaran and loved it. The crew was great and took us to French Key and we snorkled on the reef for about and hour in any where from 5 to 45 ft of water. It was like swimming in an aquarium, I saw so many fish it was amazing. Now I will say the snorkeling will tire you out and is a bit more physical because there is a current and fresh springs coming out of the reef so if you are elderly or out of shape I don't recommend it. Once back on the boat the crew fed us a good lunch which was quite tasty, and then we cruised along the shore and some of the local fishing villages and got to see the island and the local people outside of the tourist area. My wife had never been to a third world country before and this was a little eye opening for her. Overall a great day and great experience would do it again in a minute.
Beautiful clear water with much coral. Fewer fish but crew was very friendly! Even though there was just the two of us that day, they still treated us royally. We had the Reef Snorkling and Mayan Princess Beach excursion. Though the West Bay end had many hotels close together, the beach was very nice with chairs. The grounds were immaculate and the MPB hotel very upscale. Beach vendors were numerous but not pushy, in fact they were colorful and added to the charm!
shipwreck snorkel and beach break. We didn't get to see the shipwreck as the water was too rough, but they did take us to the reef where the water was just as rough and expected everyone to swim against the current. It eventually turned out ok, but wasn't fun in the beginning.
Good Catamaran boat and crew. Good lunch with Caribbean Chicken and rice lunch. Lots of spice rum punch after tour. Took boat to snorkle and 10ft rolling waves on the ride to the other side of island. Almost got sea sick.
Took the tour and saw some fish, blue, green clown fish, and some yellow tails.
lots of brain corral. Prob would not go again because 120 people were in the water at the same time from two boats.
This was our first Costco excursion. We cannot say enough amazing things. It was us and one other travel group of 8 people. They took us to a small diving resort where we were going to snorkel. Once we got there, my boyfriend actually got to go scuba diving instead and said it was one of the best dives he ever had. They let him scuba dive even though we didn't have quite enough money to cover the difference between that and snorkeling. I loved the snorkeling and the resort had a small beach straight out of a Corona commercial - completely empty with small tiki huts with chaise lounges. People were so friendly and it was a highlight of the trip.
Maya Key Private Island, Snorkeling and Lunch. Best for last. Walk off the ship to the pier, meet the group, board the vessel and a short ride to Maya Key. Very cool island with its own zoo, presumably rescue animals and birds. Hundreds of chaise longues, collect your snorkel equipment, walk out the pier, and do your own thing. There were staff on the pier to help out. A ladder into the water and then: definitely saved the best for last. We did three 45 minute snorkels before exiting the water at 1:12 pm for our 1:30 boat back to the ship. Lunch was fine, if a little slow to get started and hampered by a long, slow line that wasn't particularly well set up or managed for the number of people. But back to that reef: ooh la la! Absolutely fabulous with a deep drop at the edge that featured large schools of beautiful blue fish. After our excursion, we visited Mahogany Bay, Carnival's very own Disney-style beach with loungers, food, drinks, lifeguards, swimming and snorkeling from a pier, as well as all sorts of rental equipment such as kayaks available. We swam out to the pier and met Bryan Goodman, who was lifeguarding. After a brief chat, he offered us two masks and snorkels that he keeps on the pier, and away we went for our 4th snorkel of the day. A very nice conclusion to our visit, followed by a sample of local beer.
In Roatan, Honduras we took the Jolly Roger Catamaran & Snorkel excursion. This was the best snorkeling trip we've been on and we've been on at least 10. The crew is so much fun. They had two divers in the water with us and one on a kayak watching the group. There were probably 60+ of us on the boat and it didn't seem chaotic or crowded at all. They took us to a lovely reef with loads of fish.
The shuttle buses run all day. Stay as long as you want, just be mindful of "Back Onboard" time. Crystal clear water, snorkel equipment available by local vendors. Unsanitary. Bring your own if possible. Do utilize the kayakers who will pull you out to the colorful reef. For tips, mind you. Ask for Albert. Don't be afraid of the reviews about aggressive vendors. Not true. There were a few, not many, and they did not bother you after a "No thank you". Can't fault them for trying to support their families. I have to say I haven't seen this much color and sea life in quite a while. Take advantage of the opportunity.
This was fun because we got to see Roatan as it really is away from the port. The Weather could not have been better. The bus took the long way through the land, so we got to see Roatan as it really is away from the ports. Unfortunately the catamarans arrived half an hour late with the party before us. Some of the teens made the best of it and swam along the shore. The crew was very friendly and went above and beyond the call to make sure we were safe and entertained.
It was snorkeling at the 'underwater museum'. The water was very murky, and there really was not much to see. The coral was nice and would have been nicer if the water was clearer (better snorkling in Belize or Cozumel). We ate a fish sandwich at the ONLY restaurant at the beach, and my husband and I are both very sick, with a rash and nerve problems in our hands. Would not recommend a Snorkeling excursion in Roatan and PLEASE be CAREFUL with eating the SEAFOOD.
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