Isla de Roatán

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Isla de Roatán

An island to return to

The biggest sea-related tourist attraction of Honduras are the Islas de la Bahía, an archipelago composed of three main islands and over sixty surrounding minor islands.

During your MSC cruise to the Caribbean, Cuba and Antilles, you will dock at Roatán, the biggest as well as the most developed of the islands.


With a low mountain chain crossing it from end to end, Roatán, like the other islands in the bay, has deep coves protected by coral reefs along the coast facing Honduras, which have proved a safe landing place for ships through the centuries. Its main settlement, Coxen Hole or Roatán Town, took its name from the pirate John Coxon, who seems to have anchored his ship here at the end of the 15th century. Now the times of the pirates are past; however, if you disembark here, you will be able to visit a modern reconstruction of an old galleon at Dixon Cove.


Many other more modern relics dot the coast of Roatán. Some have even become preferred diving sites for scuba divers of all experience levels. By participating in an MSC Cruises excursion, you will be able to visit the western tip of the island where you will pass a pleasant day shopping.  Disembarking from your MSC cruise ship will allow you to explore every corner of Roatán in complete safety. About midway along the island, which is 60 km long, there is a bend in the coast, which protects Parrot Tree Beach and its tourist facilities.


Just a short distance from the open ocean, you will be able to pass a serene day swimming in a lagoon with a sandy bottom, pampered by the services of one of the island’s most beautiful and exclusive resorts. Roatán also has a golf course and several adventure parks where you can have fun with your family darting from tree to tree across suspension bridges and zip lines. 

Must see places in Isla de Roatán

  • Paya Bay Beach

    Paya Bay Beach

  • Mayan Eden Eco-Park

    Mayan Eden Eco-Park

  • Diving

    Diving

Discover our excursions

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Limited number of guides in languages different from English. Should your language be not available the tour will be performed in English.
  • Certified Zip Lines Tour & Beach

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    ROA02

    This ACCT USA certificated Zip-line Adventure at Caribe Sky Canopy has 12 stops, with very safe 2-line gliding cables system up to 600 meters long. The duration of the canopy adventure is approximately 1 hour! Enjoy the tropical scenery and breathtaking ocean views as you glide from one mountain to the next in this untouched natural habitat. This adventure reaches up to 100 meters in height. You will not have to climb back up to the top of the mountain to leave this park; instead a vehicle will be waiting for you at the bottom of the hill and take you to the panoramic meeting point for a stop where you will drop off your equipment and have the possibility to purchase the photos professionally taken from the canopy staff while you were taking your tour and get some complimentary purified water. At the end, you will be able to choose to go back to the cruise ship port or stop at a nice beach and shopping complex. Here you will have another hour to spend at your leisure, before going back to the ship with the same vehicle. No extra charge. Please note: Minimum age to participate is 7 years old and may choose to do the canopy adventure individually or attached to the guide. Weight limit is 325 pounds, and 50” waist line is the biggest size available. Height restriction is Min. 3ft 8 inches, the Max.7ft 2inches. Belt, helmet, and gloves are provided. We recommend a small back pack or fanny pack, because hands must be free at all times. Guests with glasses are recommended to use a strap. Not recommended for pregnant women, guests with any recent surgery, who suffer from heart problems, have problems breathing or who are afraid of heights.
      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        4 h

    • Hiking & Archeology Adventure

      ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

      ROA06

      The Mayan Eden Eco-Park is a nature park in Roatan that brings you back to the ancient world of the glorious and mystical Mayan culture. After a very short transfer by motor-coach, our knowledgeable park guides will brief you and guide you along the Ocelot mountain trail through the virgin rain forest while learning about the Mayan history and culture. Admire old rattans and other trees, pass through a suspension bridge, view amazing replicas of the ancient Mayan sculptures found at Copan archaeological ruins on the mainland. You may easily happen to see diversity of animals such as birds, monkeys, parrots, insects and lizards moving freely near you. The park is also home of "Crystal Wings”, the only place in Central America, where butterflies and hummingbirds live together in harmony in a walk-in pavilion containing 3 species of hummingbirds (Amasilia Colirrufa, Amasilia Cianura, and Green Mango), 20 species of butterflies, and food plants for the larvae. Your tour will finish with a panoramic stop for amazing views of the Caribbean coast, the port and of the far away islands for a great photo opportunity. And at the end, a visit to Coxen Hole, the capital city, where you will enjoy a complimentary refreshment at a local bar on the ocean side, with 30 minutes at your leisure to explore the tiny "town” and visit the local souvenir shops. Notes: The trail is not a man created park. While there, please watch your head, as there are a few places where trees and branches will be in the pathway. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. We recommend insect repellent.
      • Drink included

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3:30 h

    • Kayak & Snorkeling Adventure

      ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

      ROA07

      Roatan's beautiful protected marine park area is the perfect setting for your Kayak Adventure. After a short motor-coach transfer along the hillsides you will reach our nice meeting point, try the equipment and leave your personal belongings. Then you will be ready to get wet and start this kayak excursion to be remembered! After a safety briefing, your guide will also explain the area's ecosystem. If you are a first timer, don't worry, as your staff will instruct you on the Kayaking and Snorkeling techniques giving you extra attention and assisting you closely while out. You will kayak along a beautiful bay surrounded by a picturesque landscape, accompanied by our professional instructors. Watch while you're gliding through our clear and smooth waters, look down, you won't believe what you will see, maybe a Green Moray Eel or an endangered Sea Turtle! After kayaking you will be ready to start a guided snorkeling swim! Admire our wonderful coral reef that is the second largest barrier reef in the world! Following the active sports, relax while enjoying some refreshments and light snacks and then you will have time at your leisure to choose between spending some time on the beach, shopping or just continue relaxing in this beautiful environment. Notes: Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Included in the package are: Honduran coffee, natural fruit juices, snorkeling equipment, paddles, kayaks and life-vests.
      • Snack included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

        Difficulty Level
        Strenuous

      • Duration
        4:30 h

    • Discover West End

      CITY TOUR

      ROA14

      This discovery-series tour will allow you to learn about Roatan's history, people and customs and enjoy free time for your favourite activity in the West End Village: relaxing at the beach, snorkeling, shopping and eating are all options. Once a quaint fishing village located right on the reef, the village is now a prosperous and bohemian dive and snorkel destination with plenty of dive shops, restaurants, bars and shops, and a very active nightlife. The scenic Western Highway will take you about half an hour from the pier to West End, and during this time your guide will provide you with all sorts of important information and a map. You will then enjoy about 3 and a half hours of free time after which you will regroup at the designated place and time to return to the pier with your guide. Notes: All water activities are conducted at your own risk and without supervision. The main road in West End, although charming is a narrow, sandy road. Handicrafts and souvenirs are readily available. Please bring swimwear, a towel, insect repellent, sunscreen and cash for purchases. Dollars are accepted everywhere.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

      • Snapshot of Roatan

        CITY TOUR

        ROA10

        First, you will stop at a panoramic point to take some pictures of the breathtaking views of the coastline with an amazing view of the hills and multi-colored ocean. Then travel to the "The Iguana Hideaway” where you will see many giant iguanas moving freely around you, some of them are more than 3 feet long! You will have the possibility to feed them directly from your hands! You will also spend some time visiting the small in-sea tarpon aquarium. The next stop will be at Dixon Cove in the area of Las Palmas. Here you will take a 20-minute boat ride along the coast admiring the tropical mangrove tree formations and to see the two biggest semi-submerged shipwrecks on the island. Following this experience you'll enjoy a musical show, performed by the Garifunas - direct descendants of island Caribs and African slaves. They will share with you their most important dances, one of which is called the Punta. Complimentary refreshment is also included. Then approximately 1 hour of free time to spend on a beautiful beach where you'll have beach chairs included, or you can simply relax in the beach club's shaded area. If you want to enjoy the beach, don't forget your swimsuit, towel and sun protection! There is also free time to shop in the local souvenir stores there.
        • Drink included

        • Possibility of swimming

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

      • Easy Island Tour

        SCENIC ROUTE

        ROA15

        This is an easy and interesting sightseeing tour that offers spectacular views of this lush island while your guide briefs you on the history and culture. Following approximately 15 minutes transfer by motor-coach, you travel to "The Iguana Hideaway” where you will see many giant iguanas moving freely around you, some of them are more than 3 feet long! Following you will stop at a panoramic point to take some pictures of the far away multi-colored ocean, with a possibility to purchase souvenirs by the local vendors in a few open-air kiosks. Then, you will continue your tour to Las Palmas, a new beach complex located in the bay of Dixon Cove, where there are a few local souvenir shops some of them owned by local craftsmen (including cameos and carved wood products), a nice white tropical beach, a beach restaurant and bar, and a wonderful view of the bay from where you can see two partially visible ship-wrecks. Las Palmas is also home of the Black Pearl pirate ship and if you are lucky you will even be able to see it docked and take photos with the pirates. Throughout the whole tour you will have amazing photo opportunities. Notes: The whole tour is wheelchair accessible with ramps and accessible restrooms at Las Palmas. Beach chair included.
        • Drink included

        • Possibility of swimming

        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

      • Glass Bottom Boat & West End Village  

        SCENIC ROUTE

        ROA05

        You will see our amazing coral reef without even having to get in the water! A 30 minute scenic drive by motor-coach along the panoramic road will take you to a beautiful bay where after walking a boardwalk dock you will board our "Glass-bottom boat”, that is a semi-submarine that does not submerge. Instead you will descend a few steps into the underwater observatory section from where you can view the treasures of the deep of our protected marine park reef, which is considered the second greater barrier reef of the world! While you are seated in air-conditioned comfort, a fish identification guide will explain the underwater environment, as you observe beautiful coral formations, living reef, and colorful tropical fish and if you are lucky turtles too. After this amazing experience, you will be taken to the center of the West End village, a quaint sea-side village, and relax at our beautiful meeting point built on stilts on the water, where complimentary Honduran coffee, lemonade or iced tea will be offered to you. Then visit several tiny shops along the beach or simply relax. Last but not least, visit the one and only Cameo Factory in the Americas! See the art of cameo-making live! Enjoy watching the master craftsman create both classic and modern cameo masterpieces made from corals and conch shells. And don't forget that in case you want to purchase something, you will be paying factory direct prices! Don't forget your camera for plenty of photo opportunities. Notes: In case the glass bottom boat ride cannot be operated due to bad weather, it will be replaced with a stop at the Institute of Marine Science and the Roatan Museum. This will authomatically involve a price reduction.
        • Drink included

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

      • Las Palmas Beach Express

        SEA & SUN

        ROA19

        After leaving your ship, a short transfer will first take you to Pirate Bay at the Las Palmas Beach Club, a beautiful beach complex located in Dixon Cove, where you will be served a welcoming drink on arrival. The complex also hosts a number of souvenir shops, some of which offer merchandise made by local artisan craftsmen. The white sands of the tropical beach are the perfect spot to take to the water for a refreshing swim and enjoy views of the bay, including two partially submerged shipwrecks. You may even catch sight of the Black Pearl, a reconstruction of the famous pirate ship once captained by the fearsome buccaneer, Henry Morgan, which is docked in Las Palmas. The tour also includes numerous photo opportunities, use of a free beach chair and is wheelchair-accessible throughout, including toilet facilities. Shuttle buses return you to the port and your ship when you are ready to leave (please see timetable on the shuttle bus for exact timings). Please note: you are recommended to bring swimwear, a towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, a sunhat, sunglasses and cash for purchases.
        • Drink included

        • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          2:30 h

      • Parrot Tree Beach Break & Lunch

        SEA & SUN

        ROA16

        A great opportunity to pass your day in one of the most exclusive and prestigious beaches of Roatan! Following an approximately 30 minute transfer, you will stop at a panoramic point to take some pictures of the breathtaking views of the coastline with an amazing view of the hills and of the far away multi-colored ocean and to purchase souvenirs at the few open-air local kiosks. A few minutes in the bus again up and down the hills, and you will find yourself amazed by the view of Parrot Tree Beach: a secluded and calm blue lagoon in a tropical beautiful setting, surrounded by palm trees and mangroves, facing the ocean. Admire the sparkling-blue private waters as you sip your welcome cocktail or explore the beach looking for relaxation. Enjoy the tropical music, relax in a complimentary beach chair caressed by the refreshing trade wind breezes, have a swim or join our guide in a beach volley-ball game....or just relax and the rustle of the wind through towering palms will be the ideal accompaniment to your hammock in the shade under the palms! A few complimentary ocean kayaks are available for free use in the safe calm lagoon. With this special package you are also allowed to use the resort swimming pools, located in the midst of exuberant gardens and waterfalls. Notes: Parrot Tree Beach is a beautiful private and secluded bay and for this reason is perfect for private groups, being clean, safe and easy to control. Bring swimwear, a towel, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses and cash for purchases.
        • Lunch or dinner included

        • Possibility of swimming

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

      • Shipwreck Snorkel & Beach

        SEA & SUN

        ROA09

        Your unforgettable day combines relaxation and adventure! After a short transfer you cross a private bridge and reach Fantasy Island Beach Resort, located in a private island that offers a tropical white sand beach surrounded by lush mangroves, palms and pine trees and untouched coral reefs. Enjoy a tropical welcome fruit punch at your arrival. Then simply relax in a complimentary beach chair, have a swim in the Caribbean's clear waters or participate in the snorkeling beginners briefing held on the beach by your professional guide. The snorkeling sites in the area are amazing: a mysterious shipwreck, a beautiful shallow reef and a dramatic snorkeling reef! According to the sea conditions and the sea currents, your guide will decide where it's appropriate to snorkel, and this can be by boat from the diving center or simply from the gazebo in the shallow reef nearer but nonetheless excellent! The snorkeling equipment (fins, snorkel, mask and snorkel flotation vest) is included but it can be kept only for the approximately one hour guided snorkeling time. Finish your tour at your leisure, freely choosing among spending some more time on the beach, or joining your guide for a nature walk around this small island looking for monkeys or iguanas that live freely together along with other animals in this natural habitat. Notes: To participate to the snorkeling tour you must be able to swim.
        • Drink included

        • Possibility of swimming

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

      • Car With Driver and Guide YC

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        ROA87YC

        Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
        • No guide available

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

      • Car With Driver and Guide YC

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        ROA88YC

        Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
        • No guide available

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          8 h

      • Van with Driver and Guide 3-6 pax YC

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        ROA89YC

        Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arranged upon request.
        • No guide available

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

      • Van with Driver and Guide 3-6 pax YC

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        ROA90YC

        Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arranged upon request.
        • No guide available

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          8 h

      The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
       
      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Honduras

      An unexplored marvel
      An unexplored marvel

      Honduras should be visited without haste. An MSC cruise to the Caribbean, Cuba and Antilles can serve as a great introduction to this land. Your ship will sail off the Atlantic coast of Central America, over 600 km of which is occupied by this country.

       
      You will pass the waters were 15th century pirate ships and raiders gave chase to Spanish ships laden with silver. Most of Honduras is still covered by forests and mountains. Even its capital Tegucigalpa is located at an elevation of almost one thousand metres. Its interior contains marvels such as the Mayan ruins of Copán, along the border with Guatemala, and the spotless colonial city of Gracia, adjacent to Parque Nacional Celaque. 
       
      Even Lake Yojoa to the west and remote regions such as La Mosquitia to the northeast are destinations of certain interest to nature lovers. Most of the rivers of Honduras flow into the Atlantic Ocean, where the Islas de la Bahía are of particular interest. Until the end of the 19th century, the economy of these islands, like that of the rest of the country, revolved around banana plantations. Today, they rely mainly on fishing and tourism. In fact, their beaches and tropical climate attract the most beautiful cruise ships throughout the year. Specifically, the largest island of the archipelago, Roatan, has become a relaxing destination for a pleasant Caribbean holiday.