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Mangrove Tour

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Experience Roatan in a completely different way when you leave the crowds behind and head to the east end of the island where the path is less traveled and only accessible by boat.

Mangrove Tour

The East End of Roatan Island has so much to offer, from the famous Hole in the Wall restaurant to places where only the locals go, and you'll take it all in on a private Roatan excursion!

Departing from the pier on the South Shore of the island, you will make your way towards the East End. During the approximately 45-minute drive, you will hear of the island's colorful history which includes Indians, slaves, invaders, pirates, buried gold, and a charming blend of cultures, people, and languages. You may also see the wreck of ships along the coast.

Along the way to your Roatan excursion, you will pass by the fishing town of French Harbour and French Cay before driving up the mountainside. Here, a stop will be made for photos of this jungle island that measures only 35 miles long.

You will then arrive in Oakridge which, along with its neighbor Jonesville, will be two highlights of your tour. Here you will find a traditional Caribbean fishing village, where the buildings are constructed on stilts over the water, and shrimp and lobster fishing boats bob up and down nearby.

Boarding an authentic Cayuco (small motorized rowboat or canoe), your guide will navigate the boat through the mangrove canal dug many years ago to connect the harbors and bays so small boats could commute back and forth without going outside the reef. Your boat is part of the adventure. These are not deluxe boats but the authentic boats used by the locals every day. Today, some of the tunnels are barely wide enough for the small boats to get through, and wildlife can be heard and sometimes seen in the branches above.

An optional stop can be made at the famous Hole in the Wall restaurant near Jonesville, which can only be reached by boat. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the original structure in the early 2000s but it certainly didn't extinguish the restaurant's spirit. Rebuilt with the help of friends, it is once again the place for burgers, fresh seafood, ice-cold beers, and amazing BBQ on weekends.

After returning back to the dock in Oakridge, you will re-board your transportation back to the pier, bringing with you many great memories of your Roatan experience.

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ABOUT US
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$69.00 USD
Per Person
 
Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Standard
 
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
 
Tour Duration
3 Hours
 
Activity Level
Easy
 
Tour Leaves From
The cruise ship pier, or an approximately 15-minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
 
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and tennis or walking shoes. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also suggested.
 
Restrictions
As Roatan is a hilly island, guests will need to navigate on terrain that is on an incline or uneven at several stops. Surfaces may be packed dirt, gravel, or paved. Guests should also be able to climb into and out of a small boat. Children of all ages are welcome on this tour. Infants (ages 3 and younger) may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking.

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