Roatan Beach Day Excursion Reviews
I've also been to Roatan before. I booked our excursion directly with Carnival because I thought it would be simpler than arranging independent transportation. In the future, I will book indepedent transportation. We did the Tabyana Beach Break but I had stayed on West Bay Beach for a week the previous year. When we got to Tabyana it was so CRUISE SHIP feeling that I don't think we spent 5 minutes in their beach chairs. We spent about two hours snorkeling (West Bay beach has some of the most amazing shore snorkeling I've ever seen in my life) and then we grabbed all of our stuff and walked down the beach. We found free wi-fi, 2 for 1 drink specials, and conch fritters down at Beachers down the beach and we spent the rest of our afternoon there. We watched our time carefully since the bus departed Tabyana ever 30 minutes and the last bus was leaving at 430. We got back to Tabyana at 4:00pm and EVERYONE was gone. There were no other passengers left and nobody official from Carnival or Tabyana beach was there to inform us that another bus was coming back for us. I was really upset by the lack of communication on this excursion. If Carnival doesn't want their passengers to explore West Bay and wants everyone to only swim or hang out right in front of Tabyana - then they need to make that clear. If you stick in front of Tabyana don't expect to relax - expect loud music and LOTS of beach vendors asking if you want sunglasses, snorkeling equipment, massage, etc. There is no way I could have spent the entire day there if we hadn't gotten up and explored. In the future, I'll do my own transportation so I don't have to worry about being left behind.
Same as above-it was our only stop and did both activities there.
Let me just say Little Frech Key best place on the whole trip! Super clean and safe they take great care of you and tons to do with kids or older ones. Animals too, monkeys, birds and my fave was the Jaguar!
Water was dark and dingy, beach jammed with too many people. we purchased a canopy and we were surrounded by 100+ others with no view. I guess that is what I should expect. Won't do that again.
We chose the relax on the beach package that included 2 beach chairs, 2 floats, and a clam shell for shade. It also included rides on the chair lift from the plaza to the beach. The beach was beautiful and very clean. I would definitely recommend the a relax on the beach excursion!
We LOVED the Relax on the Beach package at Mahogany Bay (http://www.carnival.com/Activities/Excursion/518034). For $40, the two of us rode the chairlift, were given two floats and two chairs with a clam shell covering. If you enjoy snorkeling, there are some nice reefs to the far side of the dock - we saw everything from small color blue fish to lionfish. Be sure to bring your sunscreen!
We headed to West Beach, Tabyana Beach. With three ships in port, the beach was very crowded. However, if you entered the water and went out 20 yards or so, still shallow, you were all alone. The snorkeling starts just past there and it is as good snorkeling as you will find off a beach anywhere. There are locals with kayaks that will take you around or you can do it yourself, either way it is worth it.
Paid 99 dollars each to go to an 'exclusive beach / park' - the toilets were dirty the lunch was dreadful. Not worth the money. We were told by our tour guide that the island was safe but not what I read on the internet when I was back on the ship, the reason I checked was the level of poverty we saw driving back to the ship. Tourists have been mugged and robbed on other trips when they have ventured out on there own on previous cruises. Carnival never mentions this fact!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You take your life in your hands when driving or being driven round Roatan! The beach day was marred by bad weather and very annoying beach vendors at every turn.
Pirate beach. Transportation with a pirate, includes beach chair, punch, swimming, snacks, bathroom, waitperson service and it was grand for an imexpensive day at the beach. Great at 25 bucks!
Excellent Beach! Excellent Snorkeling. We had a guard assigned to our section of the beach, and he kept an eye on all of our possessions. We kept most of our valuables in a safe, however. Once in the water, men in kayaks also patrolled the water. One towed my husband and I out to a further point of the reef and then towed us back. There is no way we could have swam it. We were able to see so much more! There were a few locals trying to sell items on the beach, but once you told the politely "No thank you" they left you alone.
This is a beautiful port, we did Maya Key resort with lunch. It was a nice facility, Not sure how the snorkeling portion was because we didn't do this add on. The lunch was just OK. Would choose a different activity if we went back. Probably the beach that is within walking distance.
We went to Tabyana Beach for this excursion and it was one of the nicest beaches I've been to. The water is crystal clear and the snorkelling is AMAZING! There are tons of vendors which can be annoying but we enjoyed our day a lot!
We booked independently through Pirates of the Caribbean for an extreme ziplining adventure and a private beach day at Parrot Tree resort. There were 11 of us (family members) on this excursion. We arrived at port and found the booth for our excursion. Apparently, the company sub-contracts another company to take you on your excursion. So, we all piled into this van that I wasn't too sure was going to make it to our destination. It was definitely an adventure, lol. Probably not for the uptight. You definitely had to have an open mind. Half of my family did the zipline (not me) and said it was amazing. The other half of my family went straight to the private beach at Parrot Tree. I can say this was literally my own little paradise. Blue water, white sand, and reasonably priced fruity adult beverages. We spent 3 hours here before having to return to port. Having the view and relaxation was totally worth the crazy ride to get there.
Please note that the island of Roatan is a dangerous place with machine gun holding guards at the islands fueling station as well as many desperate locals trying to peddle things to you. You cannot enter or exit the water off the beach without them bombarding you. Can you imagine floating in the water and locals standing at the waters edge calling to you to come out of the water to buy their junk? Even laying in a beach chair you couldn't look at the water because they filled the beach front roaming back and forth like caged tigers...very sad as we were on this island about 10 years ago and it was very different then.
This was a wonderful, restful and enjoyable day. Worth every penny spent. We played in the water and interacted with animals and had an amazing lunch. The transportation to and from went off without a hitch. I would do this again. Note: be sure to take water shoes as there are rocks in the sandy waters.
We did the little French Keys, booked through Little French Keys. The beach and the owner were very nice. The monkey we got to hold was super cute. I do not feel the services offered matched the price of the event. The "all you can eat buffet" was a plate of food. The two free drinks where basically in dixie cups. The best part was jumping off the 12 foot deck into the ocean.
After spending more than an hour getting off the ship, the crystal clear waters at Tabyana Beach resort were well worth the wait and shorten time there. Drinks averaged $7 and lunch was included. Nice buffet. Snorkeling was very good. Transportation left and returned within the security gates of the port. Felt safe and enjoyed a great day.
We booked the beach day through Carnival and the only complaint is when we went to Fat Tuesday's to get something to eat, we sat for 20 min before a server brought us menus. Most of that time we never even saw any servers waiting on other tables; we did however witness one person get up from her table to go hunt her server down so that she could pay her bill and leave. The service seemed to be extremely lacking and the one server that I tried to speak to said they didn't speak English, so rather than sit another 20 min before someone came back to take our drink order, then wait 20 more min to put in our food order, etc. we left and went back to the ship to eat lunch. Other than the lunch fiasco, we enjoyed floating on the water and relaxing on the beach. Also, I know a lot of people would rather walk than pay to ride the chair lift to the beach, but I personally like riding the chair lift!
Due to recent crimes on tourists in Roatan, we decided to play it safe an book a Carnival excursion. We were ready for a lazy day at the beach, so we chose the Tabayana Beach Break. The beach was gorgeous, powder white sand and clear blue water, with plenty of loungers in the sun and shade. There are locker rooms with fresh water showers. A security guard watches your stuff while you swim, and waiters come to you. Snorkel equipment was available to rent, but it wasn't needed; hundreds of colorful fish swam up to us, and the water was so clear we could see them. Drinks such as water, lemonade, and iced tea were included, but lunch was extra. It was good, but pricey. If you order the tropical fruit, share with someone because they give you a TON!
The worst part of this excursion were two women who were loudly complaining about the road conditions, the poverty of the country, and how wonderful they are by bringing their kids along on cruises so they can see how lucky they are compared to other people, all in front of the tour guide and driver. I hope they don't think all Americans are like that :(
Was nice, but if you don't order the snorkels ahead of time expect to either not be able to purchase them there or get a lot of pushback/delay before you are able to purchase them.
Our excursion was to Tabyana Beach, but we first walked to Mahagony Bay and snorkeled and enjoyed the beach for the first hour. Lovely. We then went to our Princess booked excursion to take us to the West Bay / Tabyana Beach. What a disappointment. We read many reviews talking about this excursion and beauty of the beach, that it was one of the best in the Caribbean, the great snorkeling, etc. When we arrived after a 50 minute taxi bus ride, the guide told us everyone was required to pay him for their first snorkel (if they wanted to snorkel) and if we did anything wrong (touch the coral, etc.) we would be immediately put on a bus and returned to the ship. What?? We always bring our own snorkel gear and have snorkeled in many, many places. We absolutely appreciate the concern for corals, but not the threat. We chose this beach day to avoid a snorkel excursion and the excursion information said nothing about extra fees, required guides, etc. He then walked us to the area where they sold products and spend time talking about why we should purchase these items. After this, we walked ourselves to the beach, where a security person introduced himself. Within seconds, beach vendors began harassing us to buy different items, ask if we wanted a massage, etc. There were continually people between us and the water, and at one point, there were probably 10 people between us and the water. And they kept asking, even after we said no. We are familiar with beach vendors in our travels, and are usually not bothered by this, but this beach offered no relaxation. We picked some lounge chairs and decided to proceed with snorkeling on our own. The snorkeling was decent (not the best we have seen), and is better if you swim out a distance, but we thought Mahagony Bay snorkeling was just as good (if you swim out). They provided a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers, and glasses of water or lemonade from jugs. We skipped lunch and decided we just wanted to return to Mahagony Bay, however, there were no return buses for awhile - so we had to wait. Upon returning, we heard (then read) about a shooting of a cruise individual in Coxen Hole 2 days prior, and a family that was held up at a beach (not sure which beach) a week or so prior to that. We also read that NCL Cruise line cancelled this port on their ships. Princess did not disclose this and they should have, allowing passengers to decide if they wanted to stay in the Mahogany Bay cruise area or continue with their excursions. We understand there can be safety concerns at any port, however, Princess should have communicated these recent events so each passenger could make individual decisions based on this information. The Mahogany Bay area appeared to be a for cruise ship individuals only (except security and those working in the restaurants/stores). We had to show our cruise cards a second time to get to the beach (a nice 10 minute walk from the cruise ship on an improved path with local plants/flowers, etc.). There are shops, an open-air area to buy locally made goods, restaurants, the beach, lounge chairs, etc. You can also walk to a zip-lining area, rent kayaks, etc. You can walk to the beach or take the air tram (for a fee). Although we normally enjoy exploring new countries and areas, we wish we had skipped Tabyana Beach and stayed in Mahogany Bay or taken a different excursion.
Maya Key Snorkeling with lunch was our favorite excursion. Relaxing, plenty of beautiful fish, nice lunch. Lovely beach for just relaxing if you want, under the shade trees. I saw others had complained about the size of the beach, don't know why, it is plenty big, and very pleasant. No, it is not Malibu, but intimate and peaceful. We got to hold a monkey, a crocodile and a parrot and take photos with them. We did not see the ruin replicas, we had just done a Mayan ruins tour. The pool looked very pleasant, we preferred to snorkel. Some others commenters had complained about getting cut on the coral, don't be a dumb tourist, there are guides on the end of the pier, LISTEN to them, they will tell you where to swim, it can get very shallow and there is a lot of coral. That is WHY the snorkeling is so great!
We messed up the time change and the location of this excursion and we were about 25 minutes late getting there but luckily, they waited for us. We had a driver named Karen and a total of 8 people in our group. She took us to Bananarama resort where we were given a lounge chair, a free drink ticket and use of the beach. The water was gorgeous and we did a little snorkeling off the rocks on the left side of the beach. Our bar was playing music and it was a very carefree and fun atmosphere...very different from the small, quiet, uncrowded island from the day before. We purchased lunch and rum punch at the bar (Thirsty Turtle) which was very good. We really enjoyed our stay. There was plenty of security on the beach and Karen kept a watchful eye on us. We were on the beach for about 4 hours and really enjoyed it!
Reserved a clam shell shade at Mahogany Bay--included Magic Carpet ride. Our weather was VERY HOT 90+ degrees. Clam shell which seemed idea at 9am became unbearable by noon and quit shading the sun shortly there after. We retreated back to ship for late lunch and shade. WHY ISN'T LUNCH PROVIDED ON SHORE LIKE AT OTHER PRIVATE FACILITIES ON CAYS??? This is supposed to be a Carnival exclusive development, but lunch was extra $20.
A gem. Shallow and extremely calm beach, though you arem't allowed to go out very far. Perfect for small children; we were totally comfortable letting our 6 year old go out to the water while we watched from our beach chairs. The best snorkeling from shore I have seen outside of Hawaii, and several interesting birds and big cats.
We had originally scheduled a snorkel trip but the seas were to high. This beach trip was O.K. Police presence and paid safety patrol. Beach filled with people selling trinkets (some made in india/china). No shortage of bartenders. The band was good.
Little French Key - Honestly, we'd give 'em 10 stars if they let us. Best excursion / location we have had yet
Initially about 20-25 of us got in a school bus converted into an excursion vehicle (turquoise in color with fish all over it. It is not air conditioned, but then again we knew that. Jorge gave us a nice history of the island as we drove to the area we'd be snorkeling at. Once inside, we were offered a nice non-alcoholic drink then we followed Jorge out to the beach area. We were on Fantasy Island (there's a sign to prove it) and the beach time was at a beautiful beach resort.
Up to now, all was smooth, but things got a little strange. We were to fill out waivers (which in my mind should have been done on the bus) and for the next 15 minutes or so we did that and were hangin around waiting for instruction from Jorge. I need to mention that he's by himself on this part of the leg. It felt like the next 45 minutes was wasted as Jorge seemed to be disorganized, not knowing what time and order things were happening. Not too impressed by this. He took about 15-20 minutes basically giving a private lesson to a new snorkeler. He shouldn't be taking this time to do this now. Some of us decided to take advantage of the beautiful water and get wet.
went to Banarama Beach in West Bay....fantastic beautiful crystal clear water with smooth sand bottom!!!!!
Iguana park was small but fun. Nothing to do at the beach. Island scenery is pretty.
We booked with Little French Key. We were not sure what to expect since it was the first time we didn't book through the ship and first time in Roatan, but we found Larry and Dave very easily just outside the port gates. They put us in a van with a few other guests and drove us to Frenchy's 44 which was about a 20 minute drive from the port. We then took a small ferry just across the water to Little French Key. It was absolutely beautiful and ended up being our favorite excursion of the entire trip. The water was clam and clear and the staff were extremely friendly. Drinks were delish, especially the monkey la la. They also had a small zoo with rescue animals which was very cool. There were a couple jaguars that were in an enclosure that we thought looked a little small but otherwise all the animals looked very happy and well taken care of. They will let you hold the monkeys, we went into the pen in the large spider monkey enclosure which was cool but their most shining star is undoubtedly "Lisa" the monkey. She is the sweetest most cuddly animal I've ever seen, I was ready to smuggle her back to the US! Everyone should ask to hold her, it will make your trip! We also went snorkeling which we really enjoyed. There was a good variety of fish and the reef was amazing. Little French Key is definitely a place not to be missed during your visit to Roatan!
West Bay Tours was absolutely amazing - Marco was our tour guide. Very informative and personable. He would stop along the way and offer us tidbits of information about island life. We would even pull of the road for longer stories or to let us take pictures. He stopped at a local market so we could do some shopping with the locals.
Took us to a semi private beach where we paid a small fee to use the facilities offered - the one down fall to this area was that the locals bothered us constantly offering to sell us their wares. Did book with a local to take us snorkeling.
Awesome experience - this turned out to be our favorite stop.
Tabyana Beach was nice and clean, lots of lounge chairs and people and people to occupy them. Don't stop strolling the beach or the vendors will stop you. Not much food selection, only hamburgers and hotdogs. We never did see the free ice tea and lemonade.
Went to Maya Key, quick boat ride and your in paradise. Animal sanctuary, snorkeling were all good
We booked the beach cabana and private beach for the day. When we booked, we were so focused on the cabana that we did not notice the "private beach" part. We assumed it would be like Half Moon Key, where the other people in our group could just pull their chair in front of our cabana. Not so much! There was a security guard on the beach who kept telling passers by (who were walking from the public beach to the snorkeling pier) that they had to stay in the water to pass by. They could not step foot on the "Private Beach" The cabana members got wrist bands so the workers would know who was supposed to be there and who was not. It was a big let down since we had 5 adults and 4 children and there were only 4 wrist bands available.
As far as the cabana and the amenities of the site, it was very nice. An air conditioned room and padded deck chairs, a hammock and beach floaters. There was a menu that you could purchase food from. It was good and came very quickly, but still a disappointment from our cabana experience at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. That cabana came with a fruit platter, veggie tray, chips, salsa, gauc and a cooler full of soda and water.
For a price of $225 (for only 4 people), this excursion was disappointing.
One of the highlights of our trip was the beach near the pier in Roatan. We opted for the chair lift package for 2, which gives you a great view on your way to the beach . Then we got a clam shell covering 2 beach chairs, and 2 floats to use in the water. The beach was fantastic, and it was a great, relaxing excursion.
we did the Maya Key private island snorkel with lunch. Maya key is so beautiful. there is an animal sanctuary there with a number of difference species as well as a few replica ruins. it was just such a gorgeous place to spend the day, with so much to do and enjoy. the lunch they served was pretty good too, better than the buffet on the ship. the snorkelling was really pretty good too.
not the best beach area, lounge chairs crammed in like sardines
This was our favorite port. We chose an excursion that took us via bus to Tabyana Beach. The beach was absolutely stunning and the water was crystal clear. There were a lot of kids running around but we still were able to swim and relax. The buffet lunch was great and all of the staff on the beach were very friendly.
My kids said that they liked the beach day. But I think that the park was the better choice since it was a rainy day. They paid extra to rent paddle boards. A good thing is that the beach is very close to the ship. A downside is that the beach was overcrowded.
roatan magical flying beach chair with covered beach chair. This was a pleasant experience. The ride was smooth (could have walked) and the unlimited nature proved fine as we did go back to the ship and return to beach. The cost was for two persons including snorkel equipment and covered beach lounges. and the beach area was fine. Some rocks but clean and well maintained.
The flying beach chairs were fun and the beach was nice. It seemed that the island was made just for Carnival and had limited things to do on the beach, however that was just fine with us. We had beach chairs, a clam to cover our chairs and beach floats. The Honduran beer was good, but pricy. We had a very relaxing day and again our tenders to and from the island were on time and professional.
Great day water temp 86 took ski lift to beach and rented a clam shell the price was a good rate
After climbing the ruins in Belize, this was a relaxing day. I snorkeled for the first time and enjoyed the beautiful waters. I loved coming over on the Magic chairs and the view of the port.
We were picked up by a boat and taken to Maya Key beach day with lunch. I had a hard time getting around in my wheelchair but my son in-law was able to push me where I had to go. The lunch was not perfect but it was fine to hold you over until we returned to the ship. My wife loved the animals in the preserve. She had a monkey hold her hand through the fence around the monkeys. She just love monkeys so that made her day which makes it all worth it. My DD and DGD anDSIL had a great time snorkeling and swimming. Great time by all
Great experience and very reasonably priced! Had a clamshell for shade, floaties to play on, and rides on magic flying chairs!
I read a few reviews on here about VICTOR BODDEN TOURS. Let me just say. DO IT without any hesitation. It was amazing. My husband and I did the private tour, 40.00/person. We took a taxi to the top of the hill for 2.00/person. (Victor worked out with taxi for price) to avoid the long walk up the hill. You just tell taxi you are doing the Victor Bodden Tour. Be careful because there are vendors by the taxis that will say they are the Bodden tours BUT they are not. Victor will explain it in his email to you. We had no problems. We had Rick as our guide and if I could encourage all of you to do one thing REQUEST RICK. He was amazing. Rick took us everywhere, showed us the entire island, shopping, and then to the beach. Rick went in the shopping stores with us and we got better prices. He helped carry stuff for us. Rick was like one of our family members. We had so much fun with him. The Bodden Tours is owned by Victor Bodden and what a nice guy he is. You don't pay ahead for your tour, in fact you don't pay until you get to Victors home where you tour his beautiful gardens, exoctic birds, monkeys, and you play with the monkeys. You personally meet Victor. He has more to offer on this tour like a zipline and other stuff to do. Victor has a website or you can email him at www.BoddenTours.com. This is a very safe tour. You tell the guide when you want to go back on the ship. You have nothing to worry about when takiing this tour. In fact we left our purchases in Ricks vehicle and he locked it when we were at the beach. We asked Rick about a good place for lunch. WOW Rick took us to a place called "The Sunset Grill" on Half Moon Bay on the West End. It was amazing. It is a young family that managed the restaurant and the food was wonderful. Food and drinks for 3 of us was 33.00. Very clean and the owners made you feel like they knew you forever. You can enjoy eating at seaside. It was beautiful. Also this is a free beach area that was nice. You don't have to pay to be on this beach. One guy from our ship snorkeled here and said it looked like the Discovery Channel.It won't be the big fancy beach that they advertise but you pay for everything at those beaches. There is shopping at this beach area (Half Moon Bay)
Foster's beach was beautiful. Clear water, nice sand, shade cabanas and a wharf to jump or dive from. The end has a two storey sitting area that was great to dive off of (15 feet??) if you are brave (I was).
This was a great and easy excursion. It came with an all-day ride pass on the gondola which took you straight to the beach. It also included a calm shell on the beach, snorkel gear and even a locker rental. The staff and service people at the beach were nice and friendly! The snorkeling was great and we LOVED this beach!
Went on the all inclusive Mayan Princess resort excursion. What a great day at the beach and resort pools. The food and drinks were excellent. What a great time !!!
We booked the All Inclusive Mayan Princess Beach Escape excursion. The bus ride to the beach club was about 45 minutes over some pretty rough roads. We didnt think we would ever get there! The beach club was gorgeous! The package includes use of the beach chairs, pool and hot tub, a buffet lunch and unlimited drinks (local beers, mixed drinks, sodas, water). My only complaint is that it is hard to relax on the beach with all of the locals walking up and down the beach trying to sell stuff. They are incessant and annoying. Just stay in the ocean or the pool and they wont bother you.
We weren't impressed with this excursion at all. We felt like cattle being ushered to the beach. There was always someone trying to sell you something and it became exhausting saying no. I would not do this again, at any port but then again, I don't like a lot of crowds. If you are okay with a ton of people all in one place, then you might be okay.
This was the best experience of the whole cruise. My fiance and I still talk about this day! We went to a beach - Castaway Cove?? - and had an awesome beach with private chairs, security, waiters, palm trees for shade, it was amazing. The water was beautiful. We rented snorkels and saw so many fish. It was like swimming in a Disney Movie!! (My fiance was wearing his watch, so all these colorful fish were following him around....) Then, we rented stand up paddle boards - truly amazing. If you don't know what to do in Roatan, do this!