Looking for paradise? Find it on our cruise to Isla de Roatan, HondurasRoatan is the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands, yet it remains small and accessible, measuring 60 kilometres in length, and less than eight kilometres at its widest point. This idyllic island and its crystal clear waters attracts many divers, as Isla de Roatan is located on the Mesoamerican barrier reef, the second largest coral reef in the world. MSC cruise liners call at this paradise isle during our Caribbean cruise holiday itineraries. Leave your luxury cruise ship in dock, step ashore and explore! Our great selection of excursion packages guarantee the best deals on outings and sights, helping you make the most of your vacation time here. Keen divers of all ages can explore the wonderful watery underworld around Roatan as an array of diving, sailing and snorkeling activities are on offer here. Those in need of true relaxation can leave the ship to lounge on one of Roatan’s many splendid powder sand beaches, which rank among the best in the Caribbean. Enjoy a dash of local culture and join an island tour, taking in Roatan’s capital, Coxen Hole and the bustling fishing villages of French Harbour and Little Venice. Nature lovers can marvel at the exotic fauna in the lush Carambola Gardens: 30 acres of preserved rainforest, incredible orchids, spices, medicinal plants and home to the scurrying La La monkeys and chattering parrots. Travelling with children? Isla de Roatan’s amazing Iguana Farm could well prove the highlight of their holiday as they pet and touch these friendly reptiles and marvel at the other protected local creatures such as monkeys, macaws and sea turtles.
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This Zip-line Adventure at South Shore Canopy has 10 stops plus other 2 optional stops, with very safe 2-line gliding cables system up to 120 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 20 meters in height. When you finish the first 10 lines, your may choose to stop or continue the rest of this adventure that consists in crossing 2 hanging bridges and 2 additional zip lines. 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.
Notes: Minimum age to participate is 7 years old and may choose to do the canopy adventure individually or attached to our 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, disposable protector plastic cap, 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.
Price per person $89.00 Adults $80.00 Children
A 1-hour panoramic motor-coach ride, will take you to see small fishermen villages, then stopping at a panoramic point to take some pictures of the views and multi-colored ocean, with also the possibility to purchase souvenirs. Then, you will continue your journey up and down the hills, while admiring amazing views of the coastline until finally reaching the beautiful main destination: French Cay —a tiny, secluded island reachable in 5 minutes boat ride, that is the most amazing little island you can imagine only in your dreams! Surrounded by tropical vegetation overlooking two very different beaches, including a blue lagoon in a breathtaking setting, surrounded by palms and mangroves. Enjoy the panorama while you watch the Garifunas (descendents of African slaves who settled here in 1797) performing a traditional dance at the sound of their drums. You’ll be offered a crispy typical yucca bread, treasure of the Garifuna tradition, called “Kazabe” and a fresh natural fruit juice. Then, you will be offered to participate in a nature walk along the island or relax on the beach and take a swim. So don’t forget to wear your swimsuit and to bring a towel. The resort’s chef will have a taste of some famous island appetizers ready for you. On the way back, enjoy a short last stop at another panoramic point to view a far away picturesque stilt-village, Oak Ridge, inhabited by pirates in the past and now the actual home of family-owned fishing companies that after many decades are still the second biggest industry of the island. Throughout the whole tour you will have amazing photo opportunities.
Notes: The whole tour is wheelchair accessible. This tour reach a panoramic point located in a secluted part of the island, the road is paved for the most part and unpaved for the last 2 miles. On site, during the stop at French Cay is possible to purchase other drinks, food from the menu’, or rent: floatable mattresses, kayaks or snorkeling equipment.
Price per person $76.00 Adults $68.00 Children
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: Current road conditions due to construction may change the stop at West End Village with a stop to Pirate Bay-Las Palmas Village.
Price per person $60.00 Adults $54.00 Children
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.
Price per person $54.00 Adults $49.00 Children
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.
Price per person $75.00 Adults $68.00 Children
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.
Price per person $65.00 Adults $59.00 Children
Price per person $60.00 Adults $54.00 Children
Your unforgettable tour combines adventure and history! After a short ride by motor-coach you are transferred to Sandy Bay at a tropical white sandy beach surrounded by lush palms and untouched coral reefs where your snorkeling adventure will start. A demonstration of proper fit and use is given along with a safety briefing about snorkeling and a short history explanation of the Bay Islands to help you better understand what you are going to see underwater. After getting your included snorkeling equipments (fins, snorkel, mask and snorkeling inflatable vest) in only 5 minutes by boat you will reach the “Underwater Museum” that is a different underwater experience, in the open ocean where you can have a general glimpse of the Honduras past till present underwater treasures. Among them, you will see many replicas and original pieces all located at the bottom of the sea, such as the Spanish Galleon Wrecks, the treasure chests, the Mayan art crafts...and more. All the while enjoying one of the most beautiful reefs in the Caribbean Sea, pretty untouched and part of the Marine protected area. After snorkeling enjoy one complimentary refreshment and then have approximately an hour to spend at your leisure on the beach: simply relax, have an extra swim in the clear water or go for a walk along the sandy beach.
Notes: Minimum age to participate is 10 years old. To participate in this tour you must be able to swim.
Price per person $61.00 Adults $55.00 Children
Pete Dye’s newest creation is a 7,200 yard, par 72, 18-hole championship course nestled among the sloping hills of Roatan and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Experience the best greens and enjoy the breathtaking views of the best blues. All 18 holes are open since November 2010 and the special Paspallum turf, genetically created to be irrigated with salt water, is looking and feeling better every day. Transportation from and to the pier is included as well as the green fee, shared golf cart and practice balls. One caddie is required per foursome as a minimum, their fees are not included and must be paid directly to them at the course in cash. Clubs are not included; Standard, Deluxe and Pro sets are available for rent at the course. Please inform your Shore Excursion desk if you will require clubs and which kind to pre-reserve, as limited quantities are available. Golf shoes are not available for rent but sneakers are allowed.
Notes: Guests must be golfers (any level). Golf attire is required, golf shorts are acceptable. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the course, outside food and beverages are not allowed. Included with the tour are: round trip transportation, green fee, golf cart and practice balls. Clubs are not included and available for rent from the golf course. No shoes available for rent.
Price per person $175.00 Adults $158.00 Children
Price per person $49.00 Adults $44.00 Children
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.
Price per person $49.00 Adults $44.00 Children
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.
Price per person $81.00 Adults $73.00 Children
Price per person $29.00 Adults $26.00 Children
The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. Full information can be found in the onboard Tour Magazine.