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.
It was cool. It was neat to see all the Iguanas just free roaming. I didn't realize that our kayaking and snorkeling came with this. It was fun to do after we were done with our excursion. We got to see the beautiful birds, monkeys, and a short tour of the little man made cave there. It was interesting. I would recommend it.
Gumbalimba Preservation Park. This is a privately-owned preserve with a small collection of monkeys, iguanas, parrots, and macaws. Opportunity for easy nature walks and interactions with monkeys (formerly pets) and macaws. Pleasant but not spectacular experience.
For this tour we had to meet up at 7:45am but it was worth it because we were one of the first groups in the park; while we were there, we had no crowds...very nice. The park is clean and the tour is good. We were able to take pics with macaws on our shoulders and with monkeys on our heads. They sure tell crazy stories about what those monkeys might do to you...I was scared to let them get on me. But, the monkeys are well trained and cute...no problems. The rope bridge is wiggly and fun...might be difficult for someone who has trouble walking. There are a few rock stairways to climb up not too difficult. We also saw giant iguanas. The park is on beach and there is a place to eat some burgers, hot dogs, ice cream etc..bathrooms and lockers. After the tour, there is free time to go to the beach or pool and/or get a snack. They have buses back every so often.
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.
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