5 Things to Do on a Western Caribbean Cruise to Honduras

by Natasha Jervis

If you're planning a Western Caribbean cruise, choose one that allows you to stop at the island of Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands in Honduras. The island of Roatan is situated between the islands of Guanaja and Utila, and is known as a tropical vacation haven and premier diving destination. Take time to explore and learn about this beautiful Central American country.

Visit an Iguana Farm

When you visit Roatan on your Western Caribbean cruise, take an excursion to Sherman Arch's Iguana Refuge and Fish Nursery. Historically, iguanas were used as sources of food, and were found in many stew recipes across Honduras. Today, they're considered a protected species, but there are still some hunters who break the rules and hunt them. Sherman Arch's iguana refuge, located in French Cay, started over 18 years ago as a haven for these herbivorous creatures; today, it's one of the island's most popular attractions.

When you visit the iguana refuge, you can get up close with these amazing creatures and can even try feeding them. While you're there, keep your eyes peeled for monkeys as well as tarpon, turtles, and lobsters.

Scuba Dive at the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the Atlantic Ocean and the second largest coral reef in the world. It extends from the Yucatan Peninsula all the way to Honduras. On a scuba diving excursion, you can experience this magnificent coral reef for yourself. The warm, clear waters that surround the reef are home to myriad prismatic sea life, including eels, sharks, tropical fish, and eagle rays.

Experience Garifuna Culture

The Garifuna people, who descend from Black Carib Indians, have inhabited Honduras since 1797; today, approximately 98,000 Garifuna live on the island. On a visit to the West End Village, you can watch Garifuna dancers perform their heritage dance, then walk the streets and absorb the local culture.

Tour Ancient Mayan Ruins

The city of Copan is an interesting archaeological site that's popular among ancient history lovers. Visitors can learn about the ancient Mayan civilization, as well as see intricate hieroglyphs and stone sculptures — in fact, this site's Hieroglyphic Stairway is known to contain the longest inscription found in the Mayan world.

Sync Up at the Oldest Clock in America

The city of Comayagua houses the oldest clock in America, and it's visited by over 200 travelers every week. Listed as one of the 30 Wonders of Honduras, Comayagua attracts people from all around the world because of its many breathtaking churches, sights, and extraordinary restaurants.

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Copan Mayan ruins in Honduras.
Ancient ruins at the Copan Mayan ruins in Honduras.