At Gumbalimba Park you will find many things to spark your curiosity and love the outdoors. Stroll nature trails or walk across the pond via a rope bridge and interact with the parrots and macaws in the Bird Sanctuary.
LOVED the monkeys! The tour was quite long as we learned about pirate history and visited the "insect room" in addition to the monkeys and birds. We were able to return to "Monkey Town" (or any/all of the park or the beach - whatever your preference!) on our own after our tour ended which was also very cool. This tour was a favorite for all of us.
Monkey's and Parrots and beach! This was a history lesson as well as a walk through lush rainforests. We got to get up close to Iguanas, hold a MCaw as well as have a monkey jump on us. Lots of walking so if you have trouble walking this isn't for you. No need to rent a locker if you have smaller bags/drinks. They have a place you can put your belongings before going to see the monkeys. These lockers are not locked so any personal items should be kept on your person or rent a locker. One of the best parts of this excursion was the beach that they have at the park. You can gain access without having to book for more $$ through the cruiseline. You will have time to catch the bus as they come every 30 mins or so. The beach was calm, quiet and you could snorkle the reef. There were people coming up to us trying to sell, but once I told them no a couple of times, they backed off and we were able to enjoy our time.
-bring a small bag so you won't have to rent a locker. Keep cash on your person.
-Don't book the excursion with beach! The beach if free if you go to the park
-Check out the pool at the park
-snorkle here. The cost is minimal, but so beautiful!
- bring bug spray. They have these tiny black flies that will bite the heck out of you!
Try to get the beautiful and talented Denise Mackenzie as your guide. She does an amazing job explaining island life, history, flora & fauna while on the 45 minute bus ride there. You get to spend time with free range monkeys who will take your glasses and cameras. There are photo ops with parrots too. Please support the native people and tip them. It will help keep costs down for cruisers in the long run. Bring $3 for the locker rental, money for lunch if you want it, purchase a video if you want, and gift shop. This is one of the few places left that lets you take your own photos. Challenge yourself and take the rope bridge across the river. I am old and over-weight. If I can do it, you can too. After the park, they shuttle you to the beach.
At Roatan, Honduras we purchased a tour that took us to see the Monkeys and a stop at the beach. It was worth every penny, you actually get to get into the cage with the monkeys and they sit on your shoulders. It was one of (if not the best) excursion I’ve ever done. The beach was very nice as well. Beautiful water.
This was a really good excursion. It was close by, so we got to spend a good amount of time there AND have quite a bit of time exploring the port. It was interesting and not too taxing physically. The birds and monkeys were super cute and although they have a photographer taking pictures of you holding them, they have no problem with you taking your own pictures.
The famous "monkey island." Dirty small bus took us there. Only a short time with the monkeys. Warning - if you can't stand for long period of time or walk don't go on this excursion. We are ok, but there were older folks huffing and puffing. Also, you really don't have time to buy the photos at the end. The woman is sooooooo slow.
We booked "PIRATES, BIRDS & MONKEYS OF THE CARIBBEAN" for our excursion. The main reason we chose this excursion was because it was something different than what we had done in other ports. It was a fun day with plenty of opportunities for photos with birds and monkeys.
If you bring a backpack with you, you will need to rent a locker for $3 to keep your belongings in while you take the tour -- monkeys are prone to steal anything you are carrying.
The worst part of this excursion was that there were four shuttles from our ship there at the same time so we were constantly waiting for another group to finish viewing an area so we could see it. It seems obvious that the start times for each group could be staggered to prevent the crowding we experienced.
We walked thru the flora/fauna; went into a manmade cave showing the history of Roatan; visited Macaws with park staff taking time to poise them on people while pics were taken and then on to the monkey area with additional opportunity for pics. There were less monkeys than we expected but it was still good.
Gumbalina is an animal adventure which is GREAT for kids and adults. Have a photo of a parrot on your, a monkey on your...all cute and fun. Very nice morning and worth it. Then to Tabayana Beach which was terrific and plenty of time at the beach.
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