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Take a 4-hour shore excursion into Roatan’s mangrove forests and explore the island's remarkable plants, wildlife and tropical birds. Navigate narrow channels in a small, shallow-draft boat, pass Garifuna communities on stilts and learn how mangrove trees survive in the brackish coastal water. Watch for the sea turtles, monkeys and crocodiles that thrive along the island shoreline as you take in sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea.  


  • 4-hour mangrove shore excursion on Roatan
  • Visit Oak Ridge, the island's oldest fishing village
  • Explore mangroves and see amazing Caribbean wildlife, including crocodiles, turtles and monkeys
  • Complimentary port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by our worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Roatan Shore Excursion: Mangrove Cruise

Roatan Mangroves

Admire tropical Caribbean landscapes as you boat through beautiful mangroves on this relaxing Roatan shore excursion. After private pickup from your cruise ship port, you’ll be transported by air-conditioned vehicle to Oak Ridge, one of Roatan’s oldest fishing communities located on the quiet east end of the island. Along the way, pass the seaside village of Punta Gorda. This small village is one of the oldest Garifuna settlements on the island. The Garifuna is a unique cultural group, which is prominent on Roatan, as well as several other countries in Central America.

Hop in dory, a small shallow-draft boat, and relax as your guide takes you through the pristine waters surrounded by colorful houses on stilts. Enjoy a calm ride through the mangroves and watch for wildlife as you weave your way through the tunnels. Spot crocodiles, turtles, monkeys and exotic birds all while taking in gorgeous tropical views.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Roatan port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Our guide was excellent. He took us places we would not see with regular guide. He addressed our needs.

Our water guide was very nice and helpful. Our excursion was great. I recommend it to the people that want to see the island like it really is. I would go again.

Brian D

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2014

Very difficult to meet up with the scheduled tour when you first arrive in Roatan. You must leave the port and walk across the street to find the driver with the sign that identifies the tour operator. Sounds easy enough, but there were at least 100 locals between the port exit and the other side of the street and no one wanted to allow you the opportunity to walk across the street, let alone allow you to take the time to read the signs that were being held up by the various tour operators across the street. Taxi drivers, shuttle drivers, tour sales, and walking guides were all extremely aggressive waiting right at the port exit. You have to be willing to take a deep breath and jump into the crowd to find your tour driver. I don't know how to make this a better experience, other than having the customer hold up a sign with the tour operator's business name and have the tour guide look for the customer rather than the other way around.
Once you meet up with the driver, it is quite a sense of relief as you can leave the aggressive crowd behind you and move on to experience the beautiful island first hand. The island is full of beautiful scenery which can be viewed from the van as the tour includes a long drive to the dock to board your boat for the mangrove tour. The mangrove tour is much shorter than expected. There are lots of different mangrove sections in the water, but we only went down one tunnel of the mangroves and turned around and headed back down that same tunnel. More time was actually spent in the bay areas on both ends of the mangrove tunnel, rather than in the actual mangroves. A seabird and some crabs were seen in the mangroves, but not much else in the way of wildlife.
The rest of the tour involved a stop at the Garifuna tourist attraction, a souvenir shop in town and back to the port. I thought the east end of the island would be more secluded, but it had a lot of traffic on the main road and never really felt off-the-beaten path in this tour.

David J

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2013

The itinerary stated that the tour would begin at the arrival of the cruise ship. We rushed to the meeting point only to not have anyone meet us as the paperwork said. Fortunately we were helped by another person who knew te tour company and called for us. An exact time needs to be clear on the paperwork as we would have given up and returned to the ship had we not been able to contact the company as our phones and internet did not work in a foreign country.

The tour did deliver as promised and we enjoyed the personal touches that were presented. It was clear that the tour guide was known and respected in this country. The mangroves were amazing but the tour offered so much in the understanding of the culture and beauty of the East-side of the island. Definately a tour for clients who want a personalized, small group tour experience.

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