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Roatan Shore Excursion: Hanging Bridges Eco Tour and Beach Break

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Roatan, Honduras
Roatan Shore Excursion: Hanging Bridges Eco Tour and Beach Break

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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When your cruise ship sails into the port of Roatan, explore the lush Caribbean jungle during an exhilarating half-day shore excursion. Satisfy an appetite for adventure as you walk across eight vertiginous bridges suspended high over the jungle canopy; gaze at tropical tableaus of swaying palms trees and exotic birds during a guided nature walk; and recline upon the silken sands of West Bay Beach, plunging into the turquoise waters and sipping a fruity complimentary beverage. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 10 people.
  • Half-day shore excursion on Roatan with jungle eco-walk and beach time
  • Follow your guide on suspension bridges and paved walkways
  • Spot lizards, iguanas, birds and other tropical wildlife in the forest canopy
  • Relax at West Bay Beach and dip into the Caribbean Sea
  • Sip a welcome beverage as you sink your feet in the sand
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Professional guide
Welcome beverage
Port pickup and drop-off
Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
Food and drinks, unless specified
Locker rentals
Gratuities
Beach chairs and/or snorkel gear rental
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Roatan , Roatan, Roatan, Bay Islands
Port of Roatan Cruise Terminal
1/10/2020 - 12/31/2023
Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Disembark your cruise ship then climb into a comfortable vehicle for the short journey to Roatan Island’s tropical jungle. On arrival, embark upon your exciting eco-walk around the fascinating flora and fauna of the landscape; follow paved pathways that lead to eight dynamically designed suspension bridges and gaze at the lush canopy below.  

Ascend to heights of up to 85 feet (26 meters) and scan the landscape for camouflaged creatures like iguanas, lizards and exotic birds. Allow your guide to direct your attention to rare plant species like the Gumalimba tree as it sways softly in the gentle ocean breeze. 

After an hour of enriching exploration, return to your vehicle and venture to the soft sands of West Bay Beach. Spend up to three hours luxuriating in the idyllic surroundings, sinking your toes into the powdery white sand or plunging into the crystal clear waters of the ocean. Rent beach chairs and snorkel gear in order to explore below the sea’s surface and revitalize with snacks and drinks at a local restaurant (own expense). 

Dry off and return to your vehicle for the journey back to the port and arrive well in advance of your cruise ship’s departure. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to your cruise port in Roatan for this activity. In the 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Roatan
When your cruise ship docks, your guide will transfer your small group to Roatan Island’s tropical jungle to begin your leisurely eco-walk through the Caribbean forest canopy. Stroll along paved pathways, up wooden steps and across eight uniquely designed suspension bridges – varying in length from 150 to 200 feet (45 to 60 meters). Take in the amazing views from 20 to 85 feet (6 to 26 meters) above the ground as you learn about Roatan’s flora and fauna from your guide.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY South Shore Zipline Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-2
Could have been a 5 but...
Maurice_R
, Jan 2019
Our excursion started with being driven by our diver Victor (I think was his name) in an old minivan along with another family to the suspension bridges/zipline tour. We did the bridges while they did the zipline. The tour was ok. The bridges were not as high as I thought and hoped. The guide seemed in a rush and cold but warmed up once we started talking to her and asking questions. Once the tour was done, we needed to wait for the other family. We were taken back to the starting point where the driver drove us to the beach part of the tour. Before walking to the beach the driver asked us how long we wanted to be there and he would pick us up. We decided on 2 hours as we wanted time to get to the port on time. The beach was beautiful, definitely a 5 star. We spent time there and at the pool. Ordered some drinks which I was surprised that I had to pay for as the tour was supposed to include welcome drinks which I never received. I asked the waiter and was told I needed to pay and i did. We were waiting with the other family for the driver who never showed up. We called the tour company office and the said the would look into it and nothing happened. We saw his minivan but no sign of him. We called again and was told he is on his way but never saw him. Finally after waiting for an hour another driver for the same company told us he can drive us. He was not sent for us but said he is able to take us but needed to make one stop first. We got back just in time. I wanted to walk around the port a bit but no time for that. To sum it up, the excursion was good, beautiful beach, the service from the driver and tour company was horrible. Also, not sure what happened to my welcome drink? I would suggest that Viator use a different tour company for this excursion.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Absolutely loved Roatan, and this...
KAREN F
, Jul 2018
Absolutely loved Roatan, and this trip. Unfortunately we did not see much wildlife, but the vegetation was wonderful and my guide's commentary very interesting. The beach was beautiful, and I had free use of a subbed and a complimentary fruit punch. Sea was incredibly clear and beautiful. Would love to return to Roatan. Next time I will do the large zip line at the Hanging Bridges site - looks awesome!
star-4
It is about a 1/2 hour shuttle trip...
Mark_M
, Mar 2018
It is about a 1/2 hour shuttle trip to the excursion. That was good in that it gave us a glimpse of life on Roatan. The excursion itself was a pleasant, easy hour-long walk through a tropical jungle. Our guide kept up a patter about the wildlife and the plants including information on how some of the plants had medicinal qualities. The jungle walk was followed by a long stay at one of Roatan's white sand beaches. Don't forget your swim trunks!!! We did and so we were restricted to wading into the clear, warm water. There are vendors selling from sheds and others walking up and down the beach selling drinks, sea shells, hats, and various trinkets. Be sure to bargain if you buy as asking prices start at as much as 4X what you'd pay at a gift shop. When we took this excursion, one drink ticket was included in the tour. Sitting in the shade of a palm tree, watching the waves come in, and sipping a cold beer is an experience you will remember fondly. This was a relatively inexpensive and enjoyable way to spend time on the island.
star-3
The eco tour is quite short, 30...
Norman_C
, Mar 2018
The eco tour is quite short, 30 minutes top, and really not much to see. I can't say anything about the beach, as I did not go to the beach. Instead, I paid extra for the zip line, which is quite good. My advise is to skip the eco tour and go for the zip line.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
For Naturalist we were looking...
Jesus V
, Mar 2018
For Naturalist we were looking forward to seeing birds, snakes, and other numerous wildlife. The area is surrounded by the many tourist zipping across overhead, screaming at the top of their lungs. The guide was very knowledgeable of the plant life in the area, I would assume of wildlife if there was any. One small red butterfly the whole tour. Now the swinging bridges are well maintain and we enjoyed them, except the broken serenity of tourist screaming over head and destroying the chance of seeing any wild-life..
star-4
Pick up booth was easily located...
Debbi P
, Feb 2018
Pick up booth was easily located, personnel helpful and informative. They have it down to a system. Enjoyed being taken care of and not worrying how to get around an island that had some political issues brewing for Saturdays protests. 87 steps on the way back up so participants need to be very mobile. Bus ride was along a potholed highway so those with back issues should not participate. The staff did inform us that due to the zip lining activity above the bridges the animals were no longer that visible and were in hiding. We did see 1 iguana high in a tree. Enjoyed the informative flaura and fauna information from the tour guide, leaves that seep milk, bat poop, poison and healing medicinal leaves and herbs. Buses brought us to beach for hours of beach fun that you can do at a separate cost to the beach vendors such as snorkeling, massages, etc and then back to ship in a timely fashion.
star-4
Very knowledgeable friendly helpful...
Kathleen M
, Dec 2017
Very knowledgeable friendly helpful guide! We enjoyed the stroll through the jungle. The only problem I personally had was with many steps. If you truly have problems with stairs this tour is probably not a good choice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
had to wait 40 minutes before tour...
Kathleen O
, Dec 2017
had to wait 40 minutes before tour started after arriving at location. Not enough staff available. Hanging Bridges was just ok. Beach was wonderful and how driver to the beach and back to shore was great.
star-5
Rained most of the time .... making...
John W K
, Dec 2017
Rained most of the time .... making the wooden areas a little slippery .... gotta be careful, but the experience above the trees was exciting. Really neat to over look the trees to the depth below .... I recommend this excursion.
star-5
We had 4 of us that booked this...
gibranger
, Dec 2017
We had 4 of us that booked this instead of getting paying exorbitant prices for a cruise ship excursion. The meeting point was basically right off the boat in port, and we were on our way within 10min. We had our own private guide for this excursion, and she was amazing! She took her time guiding us through the jungle showing us all the beautiful trees and plants, and the medicinal properties that the locals use them for. Absolutely fascinating! After that, we hopped on an open air truck back to the original starting location and grabbed a cold, local beer on top of the mountain while we waited for our driver. The 2nd part of the excursion dropped us off at a beautiful resort with a picture perfect beach, complementary lounge chairs, full use of their restrooms/showers, and a restaurant we enjoyed for lunch not included. Absolutely LOVED Roatan and can't wait to come back here for a proper vacation. Highly recommended!!!
star-5
Our guide was very knowledgeable...
Miranda_W
, Apr 2017
Our guide was very knowledgeable. She took her time as we walked through telling us about the different plant and wildlife located throughout the jungle. It wasn't a difficult walk. Zipliners were going overhead so she said that usually scares off some of the animals but not seeing snakes was ok with me anyway : If you had anyone in your party wanting to zipline but you didn't, they are located at the same place so easy to split a large party but yet still be together.
star-5
I must admit i was nervous as i...
Stephen_H
, Apr 2017
I must admit i was nervous as i don't like heights and i have arthritis and i had read there was a lot of steps....no fear as the journey starts at the top and the steps going down are in stages with transport at the very end to bring us back up. As the eco forest is quite dense you can't tell how high you are .. good, so i was able to look at things our lovely, informative guide had to tell us, this is where experience counts as her eyes were all over pointing out things we would never have seen. The bridges were very supported and not bouncing all over like i expected, so we could all stand on together ...10 of us, and have a good look around. Our guide was very patient, didn't hurry us and answered our many questions, pointing out individually so we could all see things in trees etc. The directions were spot on from the cruise ship. The whole experience was relaxing and unrushed...thank you.
star-4
The Bridges walk was fun and...
Peter_D
, Mar 2017
The Bridges walk was fun and interesting. The bridges were not quite as high as I expected, but they were in the middle of the canopy. There were zip lines above us, so if you want to be above the canopy, you could buy that tour instead. After the bridge walk, we went to a private resort beach, and at the far end of that beach you could walk into the water and snorkel through some very close parts of the coral reef. We saw boats nearby that had brought groups a little further out to do a snorkeling excursion. Walking off the beach to snorkel was great, and the snorkeling was as good as another tour we paid for in Cozumel, since we were so close to the coral coming right off the beach. On the Cozumel boat snorkeling, the coral was sometimes 30 feet below us.
star-1
Not a great tour regarding the...
Steve_F
, Mar 2017
Not a great tour regarding the Hanging Bridges part, with no real feeling of being in a jungle because of the screaming zip liners whizzing through the canopy near to the trail. Not too much to see, and if you have been in the jungle before, nothing new to see. On a safety note, having guests sit in the back of a pick-up while returning to meeting point is an absolute no-no. The tour operator was lucky that that my wife, nephew and I were willing to do so, while older and somewhat disabled guests rode inside the King Cab. The beach part was OK, with a free drink included and sun loungers on the beach. Overall, no real value and disappointing. Give it a miss.
star-5
A peaceful walk in the jungle with a...
Ilkka_T
, Mar 2017
A peaceful walk in the jungle with a duration of ca. one hour. There were several hanging bridges on the way.
star-4
The Beach Break is...
Michelle_T
, Mar 2017
The Beach Break is great.......wonderful location and facilities. The Bridge tour was interesting to do once.
star-3
Tour bus time from cruise pier, ona...
Lowell_W
, Feb 2017
Tour bus time from cruise pier, ona narrow rutted road took almost as long as the actual tour, about 45 minutes. Hard to hear the tour guide due to the zip line noise. The zip lines were only a few feet feet away. Beach break consisted of visiting a semi-run down beach resort with a 15 foot wide beach. The water was practically touching the restaurant/bar area.
star-2
I chose this trip based on the other...
Paige H
, Feb 2017
I chose this trip based on the other reviews....The bridges are in great shape and very safe. The hike is a decent one, not for the disabled or sedentary in any way. I was very excited to learn about the plants and animals...we got an understudy for our tour...had to drag the little information we got, out of him...he was very nice and took pictures for us though....It had rained the night before so most of the birds were in the top of the canopy not down in the middle where the bridges are...so if you can choose attendance based on weather.....The proximity of the zip lines and the noise that accompanies them may also be a deterrent for those looking for fauna. Our driver was super nice and very informative.
star-1
Roatan is crazy! The hawkers are on...
Melynda_H
, Feb 2017
Roatan is crazy! The hawkers are on you immediately. We are not told which port we are at when docking so the directions are confusing. We eventually did find our way. The jungle walk was interesting. We learned quite a bit about the local flora and fauna but the bridges were just man made objects, put in to make money from the cruisers. The second stop was quite odd. The beach was packed. Hawkers strolled the beach, every chair was taken by the time we got there, and the worst thing was that we were given only one ticket for one drink, either a local beer or a bottle of water. No other water was offered on this trip and it was very hot on the jungle walk, bring your own for sure. We were unsure of prices to purchase other drinks or food as they seemed to offer three packages only. 10.00 got you the use of a beach chair, if you could find one, another package got you a bit more and for 65.00 you could get food and unlimited drinks, but for us arriving at 1:00 and leaving 3:00 that was not an option. Overall, we were not impressed, did not go into the water at all, no snorkelling gear provided. Would recommend another tour.
star-4
The hanging bridges tour was...
Peter H
, Jan 2017
The hanging bridges tour was interesting, although relatively short - about 30 minutes. The guide was knowledgeable about most of the plants and trees we were seeing, and their potential uses, both medicinal and culinary. Majority of the people who came off the ship were doing the zip-lines at the site, which took somewhat longer, so the tour operators provided separate transportation for the four of us to the beach. The beach was clean, with plenty of lounge chairs available, and what looked like good food we did not have any from the restaurant. Sandy beach did not offer great snorkelling, but that is no what we came for. Refreshing dip after the tour was great. The tour provided three separate departures for the ship for those that wanted to stay longer or less. We took the early van, since we wanted to walk the town a bit before boarding the ship. The reason for 4 rather than 5 stars is that the Hanging Bridges tour could have been more in depth, with more thorough explanation of the jungle flora we were seeing, and more leisurely rather than the fast run through. There was plenty of time.

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