The country boasts both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, as well as three paradise islands that are collectively known as the Bay Islands. These destinations are particularly popular with snorkellers and scuba divers as there are plenty of reefs, wrecks and volcanic crevices waiting to be explored. Whether you visit Honduras for the history, exotic wildlife or the dramatic and diverse landscapes, you’re sure to enjoy a wonderfully wild experience.
Popular ports in Honduras
Sitting on the Bay Island of the same name, the port of Roatan can be found to the south of the island at its capital city, Coxen Hole. Within the waters surrounding the island of Roatan is part of the world’s second-largest coral reef, meaning it’s a great place for diving and snorkelling. It also offers long stretches of white-sand beach which warm, turquoise waters gently lap while palm trees provide cooling shade.
But if you prefer to keep your feet dry, why not go horseback riding along the beach, or explore the island’s rainforests and fascinating wildlife on a guided tour? When it’s time to stop for lunch, you’ll find plenty of restaurants serving fruits of the sea, including lobster and a wide range of fresh fish. Coconut bread, conch soup and boiled plantains are just a few examples of the delicious Caribbean cuisine to be enjoyed here.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Honduras?
Start your journey to Honduras in comfort and style onboard a luxury cruise ship that caters for your every need and comes all inclusive, offering both peace of mind and great value for money.
Marella Discovery 2
Marella Discovery 2 has all inclusive as standard, meaning most of your meals, drinks and activities are included in the price. There are seven restaurants in total, so whether your favourite cuisine is Italian, Asian or something surf and turf-inspired, you’ll be delighted by the delicious meals on offer.
After the sun’s gone down, head outside for Movies by Moonlight, a chance for you to snuggle under a blanket and enjoy screenings at an open-air cinema. Or let the Broadway Show Lounge light up your evenings with its range of unique shows. A gaming centre for both adults and kids gets everyone together, as well as there being an adults-only Veranda area for relaxing and entertainment facilities for children of all ages.
Shore excursion ideas
It’s not all about strolling along gorgeous beaches and enjoying delicious Caribbean food – make the most of your trip to Honduras by exploring a little deeper into its beautiful landscapes.
Carambola Botanical Gardens and Trails
There are more than 40 acres to explore at Carambola Botanical Gardens near Roatan port, but even visiting a small area is an adventure. A walk through the tropical gardens offers a glimpse into just a few examples of the plants and trees found growing in this beautiful part of the world. Many of the trees grow cocoa beans, with guides showing you the entire chocolate-making process, from cooking the beans to producing the final product. You can also follow jungle trails to spot all kinds of exciting wildlife, such as snakes, monkeys, iguanas and many colourful birds.
Horseback riding through the mountains
A guided horseback riding tour leaves from an area close to Roatan port and leads you along paths into rustic villages before heading for the mountains and rainforest. If you ride along areas of coast, you can even take the horses through the water for an unforgettable experience. You don’t need to be an experienced horse rider to enjoy a tour, and the helpful guides are very patient with total beginners. They’re also very knowledgeable about the local area and will tell you all about the landscapes and the island’s history as you go.
Mayan Eden Eco Park
You can interact with a range of animals at Mayan Eden Eco Park close to Roatan port, including several species of monkey. A guide leads you round the park, allowing you to hold and feed monkeys and macaws. There’s even the chance to get close to kinkajous, rainforest mammals native to Central and South America. There’s also a butterfly and hummingbird enclosure. Zip-lining is available for adrenaline junkies, giving great views over the rainforest. If you prefer to stay on solid ground, eating fruit straight off the trees as you walk around and enjoying the wildlife is treat enough.
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