Popular Roatan Shore Excursions
Snorkeling and Kayaking: After paddling down the coastline at either Half Moon Beach or West Bay Beach, leave your kayak ashore to explore the magical coral reefs with your mask and snorkel. Snorkeling equipment is available for rent through tour operators, as well as dive shops, some restaurants and gift shops.
Daniel Johnson's Monkey and Sloth Hangout: Obsessed with sloths? This is your chance to hold one, along with monkeys, scarlet macaws and other exotic animals. Set up an independent tour by Googling the establishment's Facebook page and sending a private message. Transportation is provided as part of the tour cost (cash only, paid upon arrival). (French Cay; +504-3174-5185; open daily, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
The Butterfly Farm: This fun attraction is located just before the entrance to West End. Hundreds of exquisite butterflies, representing 15 to 20 species, flit around in a 3,000-square-foot enclosure. Don't forget your binoculars and camera. (south side of main road at entrance to West End; +504-2445-4481; guided tours daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Scuba-diving: Roatan Dive Center at Sueno Del Mar, voted best on Roatan by Scuba Diving magazine, offers introductory diving lessons. Certified juniors, ages 10 to 15 years, must dive with an adult. (West End; +504-8880-3736 or +504-2455-4383; email@example.com)
Horseback Riding: Kids and beginners can join experienced equestrians in a memorable horseback riding trip to various locations at El Rancho Barrio Dorcas. (on the road from Sandy Bay to West End, across from Tropico Italiano; 1-888-200-7702; guided tours daily, times set with advance notice; 1-888-200-7702; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Best Beach for an Active Day: West End offers beaches, coral reefs for snorkeling, eateries and water sports like sea kayaking, diving and sailing. At the entrance to West End is palm-lined Half Moon Bay beach. Be prepared for large crowds on days when ships are in port.
Best Beach for Families: West Bay Beach, near the southern tip of the island, features clear, shallow water (about 5 feet deep) teeming with coral and colorful fish right offshore. The entrance fee is $10, which includes either a drink or the use of a beach chair, as well as access to showers and changing rooms.
Best Secluded Beach: Camp Bay Beach, past the village of Diamond Rock, is a 2-mile idyllic stretch of white sand with swaying coconut palms -- perfect for snuggling. Rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle for the unpaved road, and don't forget a picnic lunch.