Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan

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With silky-sand beaches and diamond-clear seas, Roatán, Honduras, is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. The largest of Honduras’s Bay Islands is a real beauty, built on a backbone of volcanic rock and ringed by the world’s second largest coral reef. Carnival® cruises to Roatán, Honduras promise superb diving and fishing and swoon-worthy beaches. The lush landscape of the wildlife reserves and pristine marine parkland of Roatán awaits you on your cruise to Honduras.

  • Swim in the sparkling turquoise seas off West Bay.
  • Snorkel or dive the coral reefs encircling the island.
  • Ride the Magical Flying Beach Chair on the castaway island at Mahogany Bay.
  • Dine on savory Honduran specialties in local West End restaurants.
  • Watch resident capuchin monkeys cavort in Gumbalimba Park when you cruise to Honduras.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

Leave your cares behind when you board your Carnival cruise to Roatán. A sunny, relaxed island vibe reigns supreme on the largest of the Honduran Bay Islands. With quintessential white-sand beaches, blue-green seas, and charmingly rough-around-the-edges towns, Roatán has a vintage Caribbean feel. Come to Roatán for old-fashioned and low-key fun in the sun.

  • Pet giant lizards at Sherman’s Arch Iguana Farm, home to four species of iguanas.
  • Kick back to the leisurely rhythms of West End Village.
  • Take a ride on a zipline above a rainforest canopy in Gumbalimba Park.
  • Thrill to a dance performance by the Garifuna people on the northeast shore.
  • Explore the coral gardens at Coral Cay Marine & Nature Park.

Fun Facts

  • The native Honduran gumbalimba tree has the remarkable capability to resprout from a broken branch. Keep an eye out for gumbalimba fence posts growing new green sprouts.
  • The village of French Harbour once held one of the Western Caribbean’s mightiest fishing fleets.
  • The Garifuna people—Black Caribs deported from St. Vincent island by the colonial British—arrived on Roatán in 1797, an event celebrated annually on April 12, Garifuna Day.

Within Walking Distance

Around the Port Area

The area around the Coxen Hole piers holds few sights, but plenty of souvenir shops. The new Mahogany Bay private-island facility sits on 20 acres of waterfront property. A chair-lift system—the “Magical Flying Beach Chair”—delivers cruise passengers from the cruise terminal to white-sand Mahogany Beach.

Beyond the Port Area

Explore and experience the adventurous side of Roatan with Jungle ATV Adventure. Travel through a hidden tropical oak forest and see iguanas, deer, and tropical birds. Your adventure winds down with a ride on the beach. On Roatán’s northeast shore, you can experience the culture of the Garifuna people during dance performances, crafts demonstrations, and a visit to the very rustic Garifunas Museum with an excursion from Discover Roatan & Beach by 4 Wheel Drive.

Beyond the Port

In West Bay, Gumbalimba Park has several attractions including a tropical bird and animal sanctuary with resident macaws and capuchin monkeys. Strolling trails take you through a botanical garden blooming with orchids and heliconia. The Pirates, Birds, & Monkeys of the Caribbean excursion can take you to the park, or add a zipline through the forest canopy to your park visit with Canopy & Gumbalimba Park excursion. Roatán, Honduras sits on the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world. This tiny island is one of the world’s top diving destinations, with some 130 sites just offshore. Hook up with Certified Dolphin Dive, or Certified 2 Tank Dive and visit shipwrecks, volcanic tunnels, and vertical walls.

Beaches In Roatán

Caribbean Beaches

A chair-lift system—the “Magical Flying Beach Chair”—delivers cruise passengers from the cruise terminal to white-sand Mahogany Beach and welcome center. Relax on the Beach Package provides you with floats, and a shady spot with lounge chairs once you arrive on the beach. For a more private experience, Beach Cabana Rental offers an air conditioned cabana and semi-private beach. Just a 30 minute bus ride Tabyana Beach Break takes you to a place where jungle meets powdery white sand beach and crystal clear waters. Escape to Maya Key’s a private island with powdery white sand and a reef for snorkeling. Maya Key Private Island Snorkeling with Lunch excursion includes a visit to the Maya Interpretation Center and Honduran Art Exhibit Centre.

Shopping in Roatán

Caribbean Shopping

On your Roatán cruise, you’ll find the best souvenirs in West Bay, whose single-lane dirt road has a variety of shops selling Honduran-made jewelry, ceramics, and paintings. Be sure to check out Yaba Ding Ding, in Coxen Hole, for its excellent sampling of locally made black and white Lenca pottery.

Travel Tips


  • Spanish is the official language of Honduras, but most people on the Bay Islands speak English as well.
  • The local currency is the Honduran lempira, but U.S. dollars are widely accepted throughout the Bay Islands.
  • Roatán’s sunny tropical climate has average year-round temperatures between 77 and 84 degrees.
  • Cruises to Roatán dock in Coxen Hole, the island’s largest community.