Roatan’s Cruise Ports are located off Honduras’ Caribbean coast and offer access to the Bay Islands’ fabulous beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and upland forest. There are two cruise ports in Roatan—Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole—and each serves different cruise lines.
Roatan itself is compact (the island measures 31 miles from end to end), and both of the island’s cruise ports make convenient starting points for shore excursions. Options range from sun-soaked beach days to active jungle adventures.
Popular tours include snorkeling and scuba diving trips to Roatan Marine Park, which has thriving reefs and a wide variety of fish. To spend the day on land, book a nature tour that features stops at the Roatan Butterfly Garden, Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout, and rainforest canopy ziplines. Or, if you’re looking for a beach day, head to West Bay Beach, Sandy Bay Beach, or Gumbalimba Park.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Bring plenty of reef-safe sunscreen. These formulas—which don’t include ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate—won’t harm the coral.
- Malaria is present in the Bay Islands. Safeguard against mosquito bites with insect repellent and protective clothing.
- If you’re planning to do any hiking or zipline tours, bring a sturdy pair of closed-toe shoes.
- Many beach tours cover beach fees and offer access to facilities, in addition to providing transportation.
How to Get Around Roatan from the Roatan Cruise Port
While Coxen Hole is more centrally located than Mahogany Bay, Roatan’s compact size makes it easy to sightsee from either port. Most shore excursions include pickup and drop-off at your port. To explore on your own, you can book a car and driver before you arrive, or take a taxi, which are available at both ports and generally charge fixed rates for zones within the island.
Most Caribbean cruise lines stop at one of Roatan’s ports. Many local residents speak both English and Spanish. The local currency is the lempira, but US dollars are accepted at most tourist destinations. If you pay with US dollars, you will usually be given change in lempiras. Be aware that the electricity on the island fails fairly regularly.