Ringed by beautiful beaches and vibrant corals of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, Roatan is the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands. It’s home to traditional Garifuna villages and an outstanding eco-park, while plenty of water sports are available at its lively beach resorts.
Things to do in Roatan Island
Explore below the water’s surface on a diving or snorkelling excursion to the coral gardens, walls and wrecks of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Venture into the deep blue at Coco View Wall, experience the incredible macro life at Mary’s Place and explore the wrecks of El Aguila and Prince Albert.
If you’re interested in learning about the Afro-influenced Garifuna culture, head to the fishing town of Punta Gorda on the north-east coast of Roatan. Feast on authentic Garifuna cuisine, witness a traditional dance performance and shop for unique handicrafts.
Join a guided tour through the botanical gardens, fruit orchards and conservatory of the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum, which highlights the natural beauty of Roatan. Learn about the sustainable and hydroponic farming methods, spot golden-fronted woodpeckers and a variety of hummingbirds on birdwatching walks or get dirty on the action-packed Mud Run.
Spend an afternoon relaxing on the idyllic white sands of West Bay Beach, with calm, turquoise waters ideal for swimming and unforgettable sunsets. It’s also the departure point for excursions on the Coral Reef Explorer, with large glass walls that enable you to get up close to marine life without getting wet.
Getting around Roatan Island
Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport is the gateway to Roatan and there are regular ferries from the Muelle de Cabotaje port in La Ceiba on mainland Honduras. Buses travel across the island, while scooters are available for rent.