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Old March 24th, 2003, 01:43 PM
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We are not beach people, what is there to do on this island besides the beach? Are taxi's available at the port to take you around for the day? What is there to buy here?
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Old March 26th, 2003, 09:42 PM
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There are tons of taxis waiting at the pier hoping you will pick them. I don't know what else there is to do on Roatan besides snorkeling and beaching, it has some of the best diving in the world.

There is an open air type market across the street from the pier with BEAUTIFUL handcrafted wood items at cheap prices. We got a handcarved mahagony salad bowl set for $23 and a Roatan door hanging that was handcarved and painted. The market area is one of those stops that made you wish you drove to the cruise so you could buy what your eally wanted to without having to worry about how it was going to get home on the airplane. Plan to spend a little time looking around at this place, they also have the typical tourist type stuff there.

You might want to do a search on yahoo for Roatan to see if there is any "special" natural attraction on the island if you are interested in looking at that.

There is a day spa on Roatan that will pick you up at the pier and pamper you all day for the price it costs to one treatment on the ship including a big lunch.
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Old May 1st, 2003, 02:53 PM
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How do you get in touch with the day spa? Is it listed on the cruise ships as an execursion? My wife and I are going on our 1st cruise July 27, we will be sailing on the Paradise. Any ideas and what to expect would be very helpful.
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http://www.santewellnesscenter.com

This was given to me in a previous thread. Enjoy. Denise

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This information was sent to me from Carnival. Hope it helps.


ISLA ROATAN, HONDURAS

Catamaran Sail and Snorkel
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Price per person: $59.00
Activity level: Moderate
Enjoy a spectacular day aboard a 68' yacht style catamaran as
you sail through
the crystal clear Caribbean waters off Roatan's coast and have a
chance to
snorkel over a beautiful living reef. A 1/2 hour bus transfer
takes you from
your ship to the catamaran dock where you will be given a brief
orientation
before setting sail. Enjoy the Caribbean breeze as you sail
along Roatan's
scenic coastline. When your Captain drops anchor, it's time to
enjoy some of
the best snorkeling along the coast. Spectacular coral
formations and beaut-
iful tropical fish will serve as your underwater scenery as you
snorkel right
from the catamaran. Once you are back on board, your Captain
will set sail for
the pier as you soak up the sun and enjoy a cocktail.





Certified Two Tank Dive at Anthony's Key
Duration: 3 1/2 - 4 hours
Price per person: $99.00
Activity Level: Moderate
Bathed in nearly perpetual sunshine, tropical jungle topside and
a profusion
of coral beneath a crystal sea, the waters off Anthony's Key
play host to
some of the best diving in all of the Bay Islands. Both reef and
wreck dives
are featured, however, it will be up to the dive master to
decide which dive
sites will be used, based on weather and sea conditions. All
equipment will
be provided and divers must present a valid C-card in order to dive.





Certified Dolphin Dive
Duration: 2 hours
Price per person: $199.00
Activity level: Moderate
Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to dive with
dolphins and witness
them in their natural environment. You will be able to witness
their playful
activity while enjoying the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
After a short
ride to Anthony's Key and the Roatan Institute for Marine
Sciences, you will
be taken by boat just outside the reef. A dive guide, a dolphin
behaviorist
and a videographer will accompany you. For 45 minutes, you will
have the
opportunity to observe, photograph and join in the play of the
dolphins. This
one tank dive takes place at depths of up to 60 feet over a
white sand bottom
adjacent to a shallow reef wall and two dolphins will accompany
you on your
dive. Note: Guests must present a valid C-card in order to dive.
All equip-
ment is provided.





Discover Scuba at Anthony's Key
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $119.00
Activity level: Moderate
Anthony's Key Resort offers the perfect setting to learn the
basic funda-
mentals of scuba diving as well as giving you the opportunity to
experience
your first dive in some of the best diving water that the Bay
Islands has to
offer. Upon arrival at the resort, your introduction to the
sport of scuba
diving begins with a short video and classroom session on the
theory and
skills of scuba diving. Following the video, you will practice
your new
skills in shallow water and once you get accustomed to the
equipment, you
will embark on your first dive. The dive will be in shallow
water and to a
depth of no more than 40'. Note: All equipment, instruction and
transportation
is included.





Dolphin Encounter
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Price per person: $99.00
Activity Level: Easy
Imagine standing waist deep in the water and being introduced to
a beautiful
dolphin as curious about you as you are of them! After a short
ride to the
dolphin center at Anthony's Key, you will be introduced to the
world of the
dolphin. Learn about these amazing creatures as the informative
staff conducts
an educational orientation. Then it is time to enter the water
and meet your
new friends. A trainer will be with you and the dolphins, and
you will have
the opportunity to ask questions and play with and learn about
dolphins. Don't
miss the experience of a lifetime! NOTE: Minimum age is 8 years;
actual en-
counter time is approximately 30-minutes.




Dolphin Show and Tabyana Beach
Duration: At your leisure
Price per person: $45.00
Activity Level: Easy
The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences is home to several
Atlantic Bottle-
nose Dolphins who are just waiting to show off for you during their
show! A
short bus ride brings you to the Institute at Anthony's Key Resort,
where you
will experience a wonderful narrated dolphin show. The trainers and
their
dolphins will entertain you and teach you something about these amazing
animals in the process. After the show, you will have the
opportunity to
visit the Roatan Museum and Gift shop. From there you will
travel to beautiful
Tabyana Beach restort where a day of fun in the sun awaits you.
Note: The
dolphin show is approximately 20 minutes in durataion and the
remainder of
your day can be spent at Tabyana Beach. (Please see the "Tabyana
Beach Day
tour for facilities at the beach.) All transportation and
entrance fees are
included. You may spend the remainder of your day at the beach;
shuttles
depart for the pier every 1/2 hour.





Horseback Riding and Tabyana Beach
Duration: At your leisure
Price per person: $79.00
Activity level: Moderate
Enjoy a spectacular day exploring on horseback and then relaxing
at beautiful
Tabyaba Beach. From the pier, a short drive takes you to the
tours starting
point, where after your orientation, it's time to mount your
horse and hit
the trail. Beginning at Keifitos Plantation, you will be taken
along a
beautiful white sand beach that is lined with coconut palms.
Next, enter
Roatan Gardens where you will be able to engulf yourself in the
tropical
forest before descending the mountains to witness the
spectacular volcanic
formation of rocks that line the south shore with breathtaking
scenery. Then
stroll across Turtle Crossing and the Light House Estates
community before
finishing at majestic Tabyana Beach where a refreshing glass of
iced tea and
lemonade awaits you. Once at the beach you can refresh yourself
in the crystal
clear waters and relax for the remainder of the day. (Please see
the "Taybana
Beach Day" tour for facilities available at the beach.) Note:
Horseback riding
time is approximately 90 minutes. After the ride, the rest of
your day on the
beach is at your leisure, with shuttles returning to the pier
every 1/2 hour.




Kayak and Snorkel Adventure
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $65.00
Activity Level: Moderate
Roatan's beautiful protected bays provide the perfect setting
for your Kayak
adventure. An approximate 30-minute ride takes you to the bay
where you will
have a short orientation before your adventure starts. Gently
paddle your
kayak through the mangrove shrouded bay as your guides explain
the areas Eco
system. Stay alert, as you may spot a green moray eel or even an
endangered
sea turtle. After your kayak trip, you will be led to the beach
and outfitted
with snorkel gear and have an hour to snorkel right from the
beach. If you
are a first timer, don't worry, as the staff will instruct you
both on the
art of kayaking as well as the proper technique for snorkeling.





"Onaire Iii" Sailing Yacht and Snorkel
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $89.00
Activity Level: Moderate
This 62' sailing yacht was the last yacht built in the
Herreshoff yard in
1940. She has participated in many famous yacht regattas and won
prizes in
numerous antique boat shows. A 30-minute ride takes you to the
sailboat dock
where you will board this famous Sparksman Stephens designed
yacht and set
sail for the next hour or so. Enjoy the thrill of sailing aboard
this magnif-
icent vessel. Upon return to the mooring, you will have some
free time to
snorkel over the west end's pristine reef right in the middle of
the marine
reserve or if you prefer, simply relax on the spacious deck and
enjoy a
cocktail.





Parrot Tree Beach Party
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $29.00
Activity Level: Easy
Pass your day at one of the most exclusive and prestigious
beaches in all of
Roatan at Parrot Tree Plantation. Relax and enjoy the tropical
music in this
secluded lagoon with its calm blue Caribbean waters. After a
30-minute drive
to the beach, you will have the opportunity to do whatever you
choose; relax
in a lounge chair or hammock, go for a swim in the ocean, a walk
along the
beach or join in a game of beach volleyball. A complimentary
welcome drink
will be served upon arrival and a cash bar will be set up for
the remainder
of your stay.





Roatan West Side Island Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Price per person: $45.00
Activity Level: Moderate
Enjoy an entertaining and scenic adventure to the west side of
this beautiful
tropical island in the Western Caribbean Sea. An approximate
20-minute ride
brings you to the Carambola Botanical Gardens where an
experienced naturalist
guide will lead you on a 50-minute walk through the jungle
garden offering
insights into the variety of hummingbirds and tropical plants
that you may
spot along the way. After a short rest stop and fresh fruit
tasting, you are
off to the Butterfly Farm for a short visit before heading to
the West End
Village. Here, you will have approximately one-hour to tour the
village on
your own and perhaps do some shopping. For those who prefer not
to walk
around, you will find yourself welcome at the beautiful
waterfront bar
where you can relax before your return to the pier and your
ship. NOTE:
There is a fair amount of walking on this tour; comfortable
shoes, a hat,
sunglasses, and insect repellant are highly recommended.



Semi-submarine and West End Village
Duration: 3 1/2 hours
Price per person: $49.00
Activity Level: Easy
Take advantage of the opportunity to experience the thrill of
underwater
discovery as well as a chance to explore and shop in the quaint
West End
Village. An approximate 30-minute scenic drive will take you to
Half Moon
Bay where you will board a semi-submarine for your thrilling
boat ride. This
submarine does not submerge; instead, you climb a few steps into
the under-
water observatory from which you can view the treasures of the
deep. While
you are seated in air-conditioned comfort, a certified dive
master will
explain the underwater environment as you observe beautiful
coral formations,
living reefs and colorful tropical fish. Your ride lasts
approximately 30-
minutes and then you will be taken to West End Village to
explore, shop or
just relax at the waterfront bar.





Tabyana Beach Day
Duration: At your leisure
Price per person: $29.00
Activity level: Easy
Imagaine a place where jungle meets powdery white sand beach,
with crystal
clear waters and some of the world's finest, most pristine coral
at your feet.
Private sun loungers, fresh water showers with changing/restroom
facilities,
and a local gift shop, bar and great Caribbean music is
available for your
enjoyment. Snorkel in the inviting Caribbean waters with
stunning, unspoiled
coral beginning close to the waters edge and leading into the
ocean. (Equip-
ment is available for rent at the beach.) Take part in a
friendly game of
volleyball followed by a cooling glass of iced tea or homemade
lemonade, take
a walk along the beach, or just lay in the sun. This
undiscovered paradise is
yours for the day at Tabyana Beach. Note: All transportation and
equipment is
provided, an approximate 30-minute bus ride, takes you to the
beach with
return transportation departing the beach every 1/2 hour.

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Old May 3rd, 2003, 09:52 AM
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We did the catamaran sail and snorkel and had a great time. The owner of the ship is from Texas, I think. You wouldn't know he is the owner unless you sit and talk with him for a while. Their rum punch is excellent and they offer local beer for $1/can. Hubbie tried them both and enjoyed.
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My friend and I cruised on the Paradise in April and we highly recommend a day spa in Roatan - Sante' Day Spa run by an American lady, Angela. It was one of the highlights of our trip. You can e-mail her at sante@globalnet.hn

She also has a website explaining the various options available and her prices are very reasonable. You have to book early though because she can only accommodate a few people.

You'll love it I'm sure.
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