I'm totally stumped on this myself. Will be there in a month on NCL Sea. I've no idea what I'll do in Roatan. Will play it by ear and if all else fails....will stay on the ship and make use of the "private pool" that is usually so packed you can't get near it, much less in it.
I've gone to the book store to look up info on this island in both Fodors and Frommers travel guide books...both recommend taking a taxi to the "west end" or "west bay" for good beaches, but warn to take bug spray (looking for a combo bug repellent/sunscreen). Like I said, if it's not attractive when I get there...it's back to the ship for the day.
We were there about a year ago - may have changed since then. We book the west end island tour through carnival - I don't recommend it - very boring. Friends of ours got off the ship and hired an English speaking driver (from the many, many that will be waiting at the gate) and he became their tour guide for the day. He showed them the island, stopped at beaches and at a restaurant so they could have lunch. They had a wonderful day and highly recommended it. If I was ever to go there again, I would probably do that.
I agree with Bo....Tabyana Beach was awesome!! Very large beach area with beautiful palm trees, soft clean sand, lounge chairs, clean spectacular water (you can swim out to the reef to see some amazing fish), buffet, bar, live music, massages on the beach!
I am so happy to finally find someone who has done the Canopy Tour at Tabyana Beach. Can you please tell me of your experience? My daughter (12yrs) and I will be there on July 13. Is it safe for kids. How strenuous is it, etc? Thanks for any info you can share.
The canopy tour is not strenuous at all and it is quite safe. After the first zipline, you will be a pro. Your daughter will love it! It took us about an hour to get through all the ziplines. Please email me if you have any questions.
I was just in Roatan last week. My friends did the zip line and loved it. I stayed on the beach at Tabayana. I was not nearly as impressed as what I thought I would be. Several from the ship rented a tour guide for the day. This guy took them around the whole island, took them snorkeling in a private area, etc.. They had a blast and it was really inexpensive- I think he said including tip it was about $100..and he tipped him about $50.00. So, the zip line is great, but I might try another beach option next time. Roatan is a very poverty stricken area, so don't be shocked at what you see when you first start going around town. It's a third world country and that' s the sites that you will encounter.
Enjoy your cruise. We had a blast! Bring bugspray for Roatan!!!!