Roatan Gumbalina Park Excursion Reviews
******** THIS IS A MUST DO **********
Roaton Honduras is a very beautiful place that like most port countries are very poverty stricken. We took the ship booked tour of Gumbalimba park. DO NOT miss this tour. It was so informative and amazing. It was not only our favorite excursion we have ever taken, it was also our kids and my mother in laws favorite. You get some great one on one activity with Iguanas, Macaws, and White faced cappuchion Monkeys. What a cool thing to do!
After we walked out of the fenced gated guarded carnival compound we entered a gauntlet of tour operators who were very hungry for business. a very pushy woman names Ivy approached me and asked " what I want to do today". Mike the 4 wheeler guy had given a name and I told her I was already on the hunt for someone else. It had no sooner left my lips when 7 of the 8 people Ivy excluded sais "oh no she is the best" pointing to Ivy and "she is better than us even" one guy said. So being pointed by majority rule to "the best" I entered negotiations with my newly found guide Ivy.
I will just say this about Ivy... She can come stay with me and my family any time she wants to visit. She was a singularly kind and generous person who, even without the excursion would have been worth the money just to meet her. She offered to take us to her house and cook dinner for us.. and stay!!! What a beautiful and kind sprit she has!
In Rotan they funnel you threw a gauntlet of Caravel owned shops. Watch out the prices are jacked up. just out side the gauntlet is a nice 4 wheeler tour for $50 per and $80 for a double. If you tell the guy its way to much he will come down to $35 for one (Firm) and $60 for double riders. The guy was great and the hour trip turned to 2 hours long after I tipped the money I negotiated him down to back to him and he took us to see his green sea turtles and I actually got to pet and feed them.
Beautiful park, excellent and knowledgeable guide . The beach so-so.
We had booked the beach break but on the recommendation of the cruise staff we changed it to the Gumbilina Preservation Park. This was such a great day. A short bus ride through town (a great exposure to local culture and living conditions) the park is immaculate and beautiful. We weren't told to take swimmers/ towels and it was a shame as there was a beach and pool available for us to use. We got to hang out with Macaws and have monkeys climb all over us. Great excursion for kids. Its educational and fun. Food was available and they cater for people with mobility issues. Buses depart at intervals in the afternoon so you can stay as long as you want!
The park was nice and they seem to have a good handle on the salespeople in that area, which was an improvement over the docks.
This park is so beautiful with waterfalls and lush vegetation. The monkeys would come out of the trees and sit on your shoulder or head…but only if you wanted them to. The guides were very good about knowing who wanted to handle them. The monkeys were friendly, well cared for and we were told they received annual vaccines so I feel they were safe to be around.
we did our Snuba here at the park and afterwards the kids stayed behind to do the monkeys and tour the grounds. i cant really say to much about this part ads i headed back to the ship but the kids had a blast and said it was really cool to have the macaws and monkeys sit on them.