Exploring the east end of Roatan
This wonderful tour will take you to the east end of Roatan and away from the crowds to several of the lesser developed communities on the island. Learn about some of our culture and history, meet some local people, taste some local cuisine and see the real Roatan. Great photo opportunities await as we travel along Roatan's mountainous backbone. Panoramic views of of the reef and white sand beaches can be viewed on both the north and the south shores during much of the journey.
The main stop will be Oakridge, where Oakridge Charlie will take us on a 30-40 minute boat ride in an island style motorized dory around the harbor of Pandytown, Calabash Bight and Jonesville, aka "Roatan's Venice". Colorfully painted houses on stilts line the water's edge and locals commute by water taxi to stores, restaurants and even to school. Oakridge is a charming fishing community and large shrimp and lobster boats may be seen in port.
*Other stops or activities can be added to this tour time permitting
Pick up at specified location
Drive east to Oakridge stopping for photos at several vista points and at a few roadside souvenir stands (optional)
Arrive in Oakridge
Mangrove tour on motorized dory
Stop for lunch - several options available (cost not included)
Drive through the Garifuna community of Punta Gorda with optional stop at the YUBA Garifuna Cultural Center (extra cost)
Return to specified location
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel, rental house, cruise ship terminal or airport.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAHOGANY BAY
When you exit the ship, walk through the shopping area past the fountain to the red topped building on the right. Walk through corridor and out and past the parking lot for taxis. Take a left down the hill and I will be waiting at the bottom of the hill with a sign reading "Steve's Island Tours" .
End location: Your hotel, rental house, cruise ship terminal or airport.
Duration: 6 hours
Transportation for most of the trip will be in an AC vehicle that can accommodate up to 10 passengers. In Oakridge passengers will board a motorized dory for the tour of the mangroves.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 USD - This will get you a nice island lunch and a few refreshing drinks. There are many other activities that we can incorporate into the trip but they will involve additional fees. Here are the costs per person for some of those possible activities:
$8.00 IGUANA AND FISH PARK
$8.00 YUBU GARIFUNA CULTURAL CENTER
$45 FOR CANOPY ZIPLINE
$10 EXTRA FOR BOAT RIDE TO OLD PORT ROYAL FOR SOME AMAZING SNORKELING (only possible when weather is permitting)
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Steve was a great guide. His in depth knowledge of Roatan, some due to his family's long history on the island, was valuable. The East Side tour with a boat ride into the mangroves & the beautiful bays was wonderful. Loved stopping at Hole in the Wall bar -- we were the only customers that morning so had delightful visit with the bartender. We went to lunch at Cal's Cantina. What a view! Excellent fish tacos and jerk chicken. Steve drove us into French Harbor for a look around, too. Highly recommended!