Isla de Roatán

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Fun at West Bay
Relaxing at the Parrot Tree Beach

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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


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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.
  • Easy Island Tour



    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

    • Duration
      3:30 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.


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.