The east end of Roatan has developed in recent times but it always retains it's identity. Few venture this far if visiting on a cruiseship unless they do a tour but stay such a short time.
A couple of old photos I found and from memory they were of the burbs of French Harbour - the burbs very misleading it feels like a big village really, one kind that you never thought could exist in a great way that just makes you fall in love with travel and culture.
An alternative to Roatan's west end.
Based out in the east end is a unique proposition a world away from the bohemian west end is camp bay. Campbay is a community in the east end and occupies the northern shore of Roatan. You can't really get much further east by road anyway. Fly fishing and sport fishing is also offered as well as kayaking through the mangrove swamps and some interesting hiking - and yes of course scuba diving courses and just plain excellent fun diving.
Featuring the differences of the east end with a strong emphasis on the fishing they can offer is Mango Creek Lodge.Tarpon fishing in Roatan is not well known yet and there are the other more regular bone fish as well as other species and methods like fly fishing or spinning.
Located towards the eastern end on the nothern shore is an area called Repúblika Paya! Its what they nicknamed their resort area (22 acres) of palms beaches and calmness..
It also is where you can get based to do some kitesurfing from or visit pigeon cay just off the south shore of Barbaretta the islet east of Roatan.
You get a quick sense that Yoga mantras and relaxation are what makes this place what it is. Its probably not openly called a retreat but it looks like it could be.
Reef House Resort is located in the east end of the island in Roatan. It facilitates it's tourists with best diving and fishing facilities. There are few places that offer both of those sports in one in the Caribbean.