Travel Planning

Here we will give you our up to date information on getting to Roatan. Not the easiest place to get to has also meant that development and local culture changes more slowly than on other Caribbean Islands. If you have anything to add or spot no longer valid information please contact us to let us know. Of course its not just about getting to Roatan some planning is helpful so that you do not incur additional expense once you arrive nor bring items that you may not need.

Other High Quality Roatan Websites

Here are a few more resources (blogs and websites) on Roatan handy for you planning your trip.


Bloggers talking reality on Roatan

http://laurazera.com/2011/02/bay-islands-honduras/ - In this blog Laura talks about making the choice between Roatan and Utila and if you too cant make that Utila Vs Roatan choice then here it is. Its all you need to know really.

http://laurazera.com/2011/02/swimming-with-the-fishies-in-roatan-honduras/ - Now we get to some fish action and we know the readers of this site like them.

Discover Roatan

Native islander of Roatan, Steven Hamilton can show you round virtually via his impressive website Discover Roatan.

There is a particularly nice video page here - https://www.discoverroatan.net/roatan-video-gallery/


Roatan Online 

This is a good website if you are looking for a community.

Roatan Destination Guide

Coxen Hole

The capital and one port on Roatan still used by Cruise ships (and Carnival cruise ships too on bad weather days)

Dixon Cove

Notable for the ferry terminal is housed here its between Coxen Hole and Mahogany Bay (5 mins by car)

Mahogany Bay

The newish Carnival Cruise Lines purpose built Cruise ship dock replete with Diamonds International and other stores. Get your Roatan zip and dip and other tours as soon as you dock.

West End

Diving started the island off on its 

West Bay

Flowers Bay

Camp Bay

Sandy Bay

 

Flights to Roatan

How to get cheap flights to Roatan

roatan-runway

Image courtesy of Airliners.net

You probably can't get super cheap unless you live in a gateway city not requiring a connecting flight but you might get some value deals I love sky scanner to find your flight easily checking many airlines websites at once - a great time saver. Please help us maintain this website page for accuracy by sending us your findings on flights.

Italy has some cheap flights to Roatan that change yearly and are due to package deals - but as a european you CAN snag a great deal but plan that you might need a night layover in Milan for example. Getting to Roatan from the US and Canada is MUCH easier. For the Italy flights you need some good contacts  - ask us as we can talk to the local end here in Roatan which is much easier.

Fly with continental (now United) via Houston you will have to overnight - check the prices of hotels in the airport area against all the online booking sites. Click now to scan the best deals with a single click !

I am not sure if the following info is still true it was and I need time to check it further - it still looks official but as you get further in ?? pls check with care..***Do NOT USE the following website !!! http://www.tacaairlines.co.uk/ It is not official TACA site and worst of all they change the original quoted price and send your credit card details without https (no encryption)***

Use the offical TACA website  - http://www.taca.com/ 

In general it makes sense to fly through a North American Gateway city. These you will find about by doing a general search for flights in the sites below. For example flying from Miami gives you the opportunity to change carrier to Taca Airlines. However it may be cheaper using Continental via Houston as then you don't need to change carrier and Continental though they are fighting hard Taca for bottom spot in terms of quality just loose out as they are slightly better and less likely to loose your luggage. But in most cases unless you live in North America then you will probably have to stop overnight on at least one leg probably getting there.

From the USA or From Canada

United Airlines formerly Continental Airlines has direct flights from Houston and New York to Roatan on Saturdays. They have daily flights to San Pedro Sula (on the mainland) where Roatan connections can be made. Continental has added a once-a-week direct Roatan flight to Roatan from New York.

Delta Airlines has direct flights from Atlanta on Saturdays.

American Airlines

United Airlines has merged with Continental click here for more >>

Spirit Air Flies to San Pedro Sula, then you need to get to Roatan which can be a couple of days travel unless you land early enough to make last ferry from La Ceiba at 4:30pm.

Sunwing Airlines Canadian Tourists Connection

Sunwing flies charters from Toronto to Roatan on Mondays leaving Toronto at 6:20 AM and arrives at 9:05 AM.  Departs Roatan to Tornonto at 11:10 AM arriving Toronto at 4:15 PM. Be sure to call them for short notice rates at 800 761-1711 Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm in Toronto. 

From Europe to Roatan

To get into Roatan from Europe direct is almost impossible unless you can get on the charter but it usually requires a stop over in Milan or Rome. You can fly into Tegucigalpa or San Pedro Sula from most international carriers.
Another popular method that is enjoyable is overnight in Houston or Miami.

For the direct from Italy charter check google for 'Blue Panorama' and 'Neos Air'

There are some charter flights that leave Italy but the websites seem to come and go Neos air, blue panorama have been in the past. Obviously these flights are not meant to be booked by anyone other than Italian holidaymakers however I myself have cheap flight into Milan then overnight and resumed in the morning direct to Roatan. This was working out around the same price as going via the USA.
So flying via Miami or Houston may be the best option for you bear in mind that a transfer even if you don't leave the airport in Houston will require you to clear immigration and do the ESTA visa waiver online.

From within Central America.

Taca offers the better options as they fly into Roatan directly. You can travel by bus to La Ceiba the ferry. To note that there are around 3 flights daily from within Honduras to Roatan from San Pedro Sula or La Ceiba or Tegucigalpa.

Contact Numbers for Airline Companies Related to Roatan

  • TACA: 504 445-1918

  • DELTA: 800-221 1212 / 404 765-5000

  • CONTINENTAL: (504 445-0224)

  • ISLENA: 504 445-1559

  • RTB AIRPORT: (504 445-1880)

Departures by plane

Roatan Airport code is RTB

roatan-airport

Image courtesy of http://www.panoramio.com/photo/12083817


There is a departure tax of U.S. $38.00 per person, payable in cash.

Getting to West End or West Bay from the airport.

It takes approximately 40 minutes from / to the airport, so allow yourself plenty of time. You can walk out and up to the main road (with the airport at your back traffic heading left goes to the west and via coxen hole and if you want to get to west end for example just head in that direction) which is close by and get onto a local bus - IF you have a lot of luggage then a cab hailed from the road will be cheaper than one hired from the airport but its all about negotiating and if you share the cab depending on the space left after you and your luggage get it. Even from the airport it isnt too expensive but backpackers should go for a better deal from the road or just find others at the airport and share the cab.

Roatan Trip Planner

Roatan Essential Items

When is the best time to visit Roatan?

The first things to decide is when to go ?

The Rainy season is best to avoid ? Well depends if you mind a bit of rain and cloud breaking up the monotony of heat. It would be unlucky of you to get caught out at this time of year without much sun on ANY day. So if you are around at this time it may not be too bad. It starts mid October but could start to get wetter during August and can finish as late as January. Having said that New Years is a busy time. June and July can have a mini rainy season as well. It can be hard to predict what it will be like anywhere in the tropics and Roatan is no exception. It is predicted that on any given day there will be warmth and sun ! Summer can be very hot indeed and so is not considered a high season as its very hot and humid. Beware the week of easter (easter week) and surrounding for the Spanish festival Semana Santa things get fully booked on the island but it can be a fun time to arrive especially if you like to party.

Getting to Roatan and Utila

See the FLIGHTS TO ROATAN page.

Cruise Ships to Roatan - here is a link to take you to the schedules if you like to Caribbean island hop on a cruiseship !
Cruise Ships to Roatan 2017
Cruise Ships to Roatan 2018

From mainland Honduras- take the ferry from La Ceiba. Here is the ferry schedule for Roatan

It is now possible to arrange private sea borne travel between Utila and Roatan daily. This is only saving you time as it is more expensive than hitting La Ceiba and back out to the other island. Time vs Money !

Findng your ideal Roatan accomodation

Finding a place to stay and planning what to do.

For a place to stay on Roatan click here > Places to stay in Roatan.
For a list of things to do on Roatan click here

What should you take with you ?

Bug spray will make your stay more comfortable and it can be bought on the island but it is more expensive so bring a can for your first couple of nights so you don't get caught out.
Seriously don't leave it a moment the bugs will taste your 'exotic' ness and really make a mess of you. If that happens read here for some tips on what to do after sand flea or fly attack.

 

Getting to Roatan by Ferry or Boat

Ferry to Roatan from La Ceiba

La Ceiba is the port on mainland Honduras where you can catch the daily ferry to Roatan. La Ceiba is an interesting destination in itself - beware you are now in CA (Central America) proper so take a little extra care how you present yourself. We are here to discuss getting to Roatan for the moment and so here is the latest schedule from the wave.

galaxy-wave

 

From La Ceiba To Roatan: 9:30 AM & 4:30 PM

From Roatan To La Ceiba: 7:00 AM & 2:00 PM

Please DO check the schedule on their website for changes (and price updates correct below at Jan 2017).

And please let us know if they have made a change - thank you.

ROUND TRIP TICKETS

  REGULAR CLASS FIRST CLASS
CURRENCY US Dollars ($) US Dollars ($)
ADULTS US$ 65.00 US$ 75.00
CHILDREN (5-10) US$ 33.00 US$ 39.00
CHILDREN (0-4) US$ 0.00 US$ 0.00
SENIORS (60+)* US$ 49.00 US$ 57.00

ONE WAY TICKETS

  REGULAR CLASS FIRST CLASS
ROUTE La Ceiba to Roatan Roatan to La Ceiba La Ceiba to Roatan Roatan to La Ceiba
ADULTS US$ 33.00 US$ 32.00 US$ 38.00 US$ 37.00
CHILDREN (5-10) US$ 17.00 US$ 16.00 US$ 20.00 US$ 19.00
CHILDREN (0-4) US$ 0.00 US$ 0.00 US$ 0.00 US$ 0.00
SENIORS (60+)* US$ 25.00 US$ 24.00 US$ 29.00 US$ 28.00

* Senior discounts apply for Honduran Citizens and Residents only

Arrival in Roatan is at the main road in Dixon Cove right by the Mahogany Bay cruise ship terminal 5 minutes away. Its a lot better than when it used to dock at Coxen Hole.

If you are looking to get to Utila from Roatan you can get a sailing charter for $50 one way and takes about 6 hours or you will be forced to get the first boat to La Ceiba then transfer to the Utila Princess then a ferry which travels from La Ceiba to Utila. the Galaxy schedule coordinates with the schedule of the Utila Princess for passengers making connections there. The Utila Princess costs$25/adult each way call 2425-3190 or 2408-5163

Utila Princess Schedule

La Ceiba to Utila
Departs daily
 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM

Utila to La Ceiba
Departs daily 6:20 AM and 2:00 PM

i.e. if you want to get to utila from Roatan you need to get either boat, the morning boat and the 2.00pm boat arriving at La Ceiba 3.15pm gives you an easy 45 mins before the last Utila Boat of 4:00pm departure.

Travel Between Roatan and Utila

There is a route you can take to get between Roatan and Utila

Capt. Vern

Daily Trips Between Roatan and Utila. Leaving Utila from Bush's Supermarket at 6:00 a.m. Roatan from Coconut Tree Dock at 1:00 p.m.

Phone: 9910-8040/3346-2600 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if this info no longer works please let us know.

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