Roatan Tours, Vacations & Travel Packages
Nicknamed “the Big Island”, Roatán is the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands, located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea and the second largest in the world to be experienced on Honduras vacations.
Christopher Columbus came to the island during his fourth voyage (1502-1504) and was followed by the Spanish who used the Bay Islands as a source of slave labour. This naturally had a devastating effect on the local populations who were exposed to many diseases to which they had no immunity. The English occupied the Bay Islands at various times and Roatán also hosted many traders and English, French and Dutch pirates.
After Britain abolished slavery in 1838, many people came from the Cayman Islands to settle on Roatán and they became the largest cultural group on the island. During the 1850s, Britain declared the islands a British colony but it was short-lived and the territory was eventually ceded to Honduras. The second half of the 19th century saw the establishment of various settlements with people coming from around the world.
Today, Roatán is a popular tourist attraction on Honduras vacations and is the most visited of the Bay Islands. Due to its proximity to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the island is a favourite amongst divers and snorkellers. There are many opportunities for ecotourism activities and adventure sports like ziplining and sport fishing. A beautiful island, ziplining is also well-suited for those wanting to relax and enjoy the idyllic setting.
Honduras Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to a Honduras vacation.
Learn about the history and culture of Honduras, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Honduras's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips and visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Honduras for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Honduras tours today!
Extend Your Trip
After your Honduras Tour, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island tours, Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.
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