Things To Do In Roatan, Honduras
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Things To Do In Roatan Honduras


The western Caribbean island of Roatan is a magnate for cruise line passengers looking for adventure in paradise. Arguably the most diverse port of call, travelers will find a variety of things to do in Roatan, Honduras. From postcard perfect beaches to secluded mangrove tunnels, there is something for all island guests to enjoy.

Our top 10 most popular Roatan activities and places are:


The Little French Key has become the most popular destination for cruisers and travelers visiting from other parts of the world and Central America. This tropical island paradise sits across the channel of Roatan, a short two minute boat ride. The slice of heaven offers an exotic animal refuge, white-sand walkways with lush tropical plants and trees, and crystal clear beaches. A must for any first-time island guest. 

Little French Key
Partial view of the Little French Key from the VIP lounge.


West Bay Beach is by far the most beautiful beach in Roatan. The white-sand beach with crystal clear turquoise waters offers travelers some of the best rest & relaxation in the Caribbean. Resort access includes; restaurants, bars, beach chair, activity rentals, and other amenities. The reef is in close proximity to the shore, so make sure to take advantage of this world-class snorkeling destination. We recommend the Infinity Bay Resort & Spa for their day pass and all-inclusive package. 

Roatan Shore Excursions
West Bay Beach, Roatan


The Mayan Eden Eco Park is a unique animal park in Roatan. It offers the only butterfly sanctuary in Central America. The park attendees will interact with monkeys & sloths, Amazon Parrots, Scarlet Macaws, and other exotic animals found in these parts of the world. What separates Mayan Eden from other animal parks? Its comprehensive park tour…with hiking trails, replica Mayan ruins, suspension bridges, and a zipline course (zipline sold separately).

Mayan Eden Eco Park
Lady holding a macaw with child


West End is a hotspot for travelers and those wanting to explore Roatan. The waterfront village offers bars, restaurants, gift shops, art studios, dive shops, and much more. Half Moon Bay is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat, and other activities. Popular attractions in West End include the Roatan Chocolate Factory and the Waves of Art Gallery for local Honduran products. The Fun-n-Sun Tour and the Taste of Roatan Tour visit this location. 

West End Village Roatan Honduras
Half Moon Bay, Roatan


Roatan’s pitched landscape and dense rainforest canopy make for some of the best zip-lining in the western Caribbean. South Shore Zipline in West Bay has several zip-line courses and a hiking excursion with suspension bridges. Zip-line participants will experience panoramic views of the island and the reef below. Thereafter, it’s off to the famous West Bay Beach for some beach time. The Zip-n Dip is ideal for cruise line passengers wanting to spend most of their day off the ship.

South Shore Canopy Zipline Roatan
South Shore Zipline Adventures


Navigating through Roatan’s inlets, bays, and channels gives you a sense of what the first explorers experienced when reaching this Caribbean paradise. The pristine reef system just offshore gives access to world-class snorkeling. The Catamaran Sail & Snorkel visits 2-3 snorkel spots and includes all gear, drinks, and snacks. Catamaran may be chartered for larger private parties or events. 

Roatan Snorkeling Excursions
Roatan Catamaran Sail & Snorkel


There is no doubt that SCUBA diving in Roatan is the most popular water-sport. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef aligns itself on both sides of the island and is in close proximity to the shoreline. Beginner and experienced divers have access to hundreds of world-class dive sites, just minutes away by boat. A fun dive from shore or a two-tank dive is recommended. A Discover SCUBA Course is an excellent option for non-certified divers wanting to try SCUBA. 

Roatan SCUBA Diving
Roatan SCUBA diver at reef wall.


The Mangroves on Roatan play an important role in its diverse ecosystem. Legend has it, the carved out mangrove tunnels at Jonesville were the work of pirates attempting to hide and protect their loot from other pirates and the bad weather just beyond the reef. Today, The mangrove tunnels offer travelers a tranquil boat ride through their narrow channels. Look for birds, fish, and other animals living within the mangroves. The Roatan Culture Tour is best suited for this island attraction.

Mangrove Tunnels in Jonesville, Roatan


The iguanas in Roatan are a unique experience for visitors. There are over 3500 iguanas at Arch’s Iguana Farm & Marine Park! The indigenous Black Spiny-Tailed Iguana is a crowd favorite, as are the Tarpon in the marine park. Island guests are free to interact with iguanas and feed them. This island attraction is an awesome combination excursion with Daniel Johnson’s Monkey & Sloth Hangout.

Iguana Farm Excursion Roatan Honduras
Iguana feeding on leaves in Roatan, Honduras


Several underwater adventures in Roatan offer participants the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful offshore reef. No need to be a certified SCUBA diver or know how to swim! The Sea-TREK Helmet Dive and BOSS Underwater Adventure don’t require the participant to know how to swim. The glass-bottom boat tour is perfect for the entire family and the SNUBA Diving lets you freely swim up to 25 feet in depth. In general, calm seas and water clarity in Roatan are second to none and ideal for these underwater adventures.

SNUBA Diving Excursion
Children enjoying SNUBA Diving

Top 10 Things To Do In Roatan | Made The List

Our list of top 10 things to do in Roatan is generated from years of island guests feedback and quantity of bookings. We frequently analyze our information, so please check back periodically for updates on upcoming Roatan Island attractions and activities that will make our list. For questions, please use our contact us page. 

For Carnival Cruise Line, Holland American, Oceania, and P&O Cruise passengers…please also see our Most Popular Things To Do In Mahogany Bay Roatan page.  


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4 thoughts on “Things To Do In Roatan Honduras”

    1. Hello Sylvia,

      Thank you for your comment. There isn’t a designated sea turtle sanctuary on the island. However, Half Moon Bay in West End is a good place to snorkel and possibly see turtles.

    1. Hello Nelli, Yes! Parasailing is available on West Bay Beach and can be included as an add-on to any excursion.

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