Tabayana Beach is one of the best places in the caribbean to snorkel. We have been there 3 times because of the wide variety and large number of fish and coral that can be seen. You must take a free guided snorkel tour first to learn the area, but after that you are free to go on your own. This excursion gives you several hours to snorkel. The beach area is also nice for kids or to walk down to see other areas and local vendors.
Lunch is served with hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, rice, fruit and drinks. You will get more than you can eat. Although it is not fancy, it is very good.
The beach is very close to where the ship docks and can be reached on foot. The beach is very nice with soft sand and clear water. Beach loungers are provided and there are washrooms and a few restaurants close by.
Las Palmas Beach Excursion-Loved it. Bring sunscreen and bug spray. I did not feel the bugs bite, but the bites are really itchy after a couple of days! I had the shrimp salad at The Texas Mule. It was beautiful and very tasty. The service here was very good. The perfect balance between being attentive and allowing me to relax. I was solo on this excursion while my husband was diving. I was concerned that I might not feel safe, but that was never a concern. I was able to return to the ship at my leisure. A great relaxing and inexpensive excursion.
Beach itself was very nice. There are many vendors offering items but they are prevented from approaching the lounge chairs by security. They walk up and down the beach by the water line shouting about their products. You have to walk through them to get to the water but a simply "no thanks" worked fine. The tour employees tell everyone arriving at the beach not to purchase their items. I am not sure why and I didn't want anything being sold but some people still purchased things. It did not appear anything fishy was going on. There was a security guard assigned to our area of lounge chairs who introduced himself when were arrived. he said he would keep and eye on our property when we went in the water. We didn't really bring anything of value but said thanks and gave him a tip when we left. The excursion included a buffet lunch which included grilled or BBQ chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, rice and beans, coleslaw and fruit. The food quality was what you would expect from a buffet on the beach in Roatan - ok, not great.
Took a private tour for $25 a person. Went to the monkey farm, toured the Island and went to Tabyana Beach. Great beach with exceptional snorkeling off the beach. Saw tons of beautiful fish. Went for a lunch a block away from the beach, which was awesome. $11 for a lobster dinner, which included 2 small lobsters, rice, beans and fried banana's. Excellent. The lobster was cooked perfectly, and was better than the lobster on the ship.
Tabyana Beach Party - was a blast!! Even in the pouring rain! LOL! You could tell the beach would have been beautiful if it hadn't been raining. However, you make the best of it - right?! Lunch was included and the drinks were reasonably priced. The two piece band saved the day! Well, so did the rum punch! We had a lot of fun singing and dancing. I would have loved to lounge in the sun by the water's edge, but that just wasnt in the cards. It's a bit of a drive by shuttle and the rain had created a lot of potholes. But the nice part was you could take a shuttle back to the ship whenever you wanted as they were running back and forth all day.
We rode the chair lift over to the beach. Once there, we had shaded charis and float for the beach to use! (all included in the price) It was excellent. Weather was warm and beautiful! We all had an excellent time! They had intenret for $5/per device. Of course we took advantage of this. It was a little slow, but it worked well and was able to upload a few pics to send back home!
This excursion included the chairlift, a kayak, loungers with shade shells and floats. The chair is SLOW so we only used it 1 time. The loungers and shells are nice if you aren't the second ship in port and can get a front row...we were too far back to even see the beach so we really didn't spend anytime in them. The waiters are great to take care of you when you are in this area. The floats are a nice way to relax in the water. The best part was that we were able to exchange the kayaks for a paddle boat for 4 to go out to the sandbar. There is a family there that has 7 giant turtles They are in a floating pen and you are able to get in the pen to feed them and take pictures. This was pretty cool!
Did Tabyana Beach excursion. You MUST snorkel at West Bay, even if beginner (I brought my gear, but you can rent there for $10). They have guides in kayaks to help you at any time. Shore excursion takes all in passenger vans on 30 min ride on their rough roads, to private beach on extended beach of numerous resorts. Lots of lounge chairs, security was excellent, lunch was good & plentiful. TONS of beach vendors but just say no and they leave you - if you say "not now", they will keep coming back until you say no; good that they are not allowed into lounge chair area and respect that (because of security). Great beach for swimming and walking, lots of rental activities.
We chose the Relax on the Beach Plus Snorkel package, which included the covered lounge chairs, floating mats, snorkel gear, and chair lift ride to the beach. The beach was a little crowded and small, but it was heaven to be able to float on the mat and know that I wouldn't be washed out to sea completely! The snorkel gear was provided, but no instruction was given on how to use it--this wasn't a problem for us, but I wanted to mention that in case it's a factor for others. If you stay in the crowded swimming area, you won't see a thing, but if you go off the dock on the far left of the beach and swim out from there, you will find amazing coral formations and aquatic life, some of the best we've seen. Can't wait to get our underwater camera pictures back! The line to go back on the chair lift was quite long when we were ready to leave, so we walked the trail back instead and that works fine too. The bar / restaurant on the beach had yummy food and strong drinks.
Weather was beautiful and private beach offered free wi-fi! The beach day was part of the Jungle ATV and Beach Tour, so our driver from the ATV tour stayed with us at the beach to keep track of time for us and get us bad safely and efficiently.
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