The Roatan Garifuna, Mangrove Tunnel, and Iguana Farm Island Tour is a wonderful way to explore the real Roatan. This small and professional tour operator provides expert local guides. They take real pride in showing you their island paradise using comfortable air-conditioned vehicles.
Head to the unspoiled East of Roatan, where you will find authentic Garifuna villages, fishing towns on stilts, lush jungle, beaches, and incredible hilltop views of the coral reefs and distant islands.
We drive from cruise ship terminal to the fishing town of French Harbor with its busy quays and shrimping trawlers, unloading their days catch, this is a true taste of an un-commercialized Caribbean village.
The Tour continues onto French Cay and the Iguana Farm, where you can feed and touch the huge green Island Iguanas. At the Parrot Tree plantation, you can take a coffee break in the lovely marina before we drive up the mountainside to photograph both sides of this 3-mile wide island and see most of its jungle-clad 35-mile length.
Next, it’s on to the highlight of the trip.! Oakridge and Jonesville. These old Caribbean fishing villages constructed on stilts over the water give a unique insight into the real Roatan. Jonesville still sports family names dating back to the days when Pirates made it their home from home!
Here you will board an authentic Cayuco, (a motorized canoe). Your guide Navigates shaded deep mangrove tunnels barely wide enough for the canoe, teeming with wildlife along your voyage. During this voyage, there will be a stop for optional drinks and lunch.
After docking back at Oakridge, you drive on to Punta Gorda Garifuna native village. Finally, there is a 30 minute Beach stop at Turquoise Bay, to swim or enjoy a drink or snack. After relaxing in these lush tropical surroundings you return to the cruise terminal after your real Roatan experience.