Roatan Hiking Excursion Reviews
By far the best excursion and best port for us this cruise. We want to return to Roatan on vacation at some point.
We did the hiking and archeology tour at the Mayan Eden Eco Park. Our guide on the smaller shuttle out there was very helpful and kind. She talked to us about Honduras -- the culture, people, economy, history and even the animals.
At the park, another guide led us around and did short talks at a butterfly lab enclosure, Mayan replicas and MOST FUN let us interact with various animals. We were allowed not only to take photos with kinkajous, monkeys and snakes, we could hold them too.
After we left the park we were brought to a nice bar in town on the water. It was easy to walk around town and people were friendly and we did NOT feel any solicitation pressure which sometimes happens with overeager vendors at various ports.
We had booked with Little French Key for Roatan on our own and not with the cruise line. You have to go outside of the pier area to get picked up by them, where you will get crushed with offers of people willing to drive you somewhere or take you on a tour etc. I would probably use the more reputable people that are inside the pier area offering the same sort of thing rather than some guy who happens to own a car. We missed meeting up with the Little french key people, as we weren't going to stand out in that crush of hawkers outside the gate for long, but it was seriously raining at the time, so we didn't feel to bad about missing it. When the rain let up later in the day, we walked the 10 minute walk down to Coxen Hole. Alot of aggressive vendors, and Coxen hole looked like a very poor area and not a very pleasant touristy area. While not as frightening as Jamacia is when you get off the beaten path, I certainly wouldn't be in that area at night if we had a late departure time. My advise when walking outside the pier area is to keep walking, if you stop moving the more aggressive ones really come on strong. We bought a few nice trinkets from the non-aggressive vendors, and then wondered back to the ship. A few people we talked with later said they just negotiated a taxi for a couple of people to do a tour of the island since it was raining and they really enjoyed it and it wasn't much money (like $15-20 a person I think).