Mangrove Tour in Roatan, Honduras
We explored the beautiful Roatan Island from our resort to the other end of the island on about 30 kilometers of semi-paved road. From there, we turned back around and rode to Oak Ridge Village where the Mangrove Tours begin. The locals call the Mangrove Tunnels the “Venice Canals of the Caribbean“. We had briefly heard about this unique Roatan experience from the guy who rented us the scooter.
Boat? Lake? Tunnels? I’m Sold! I didn’t need to know what else was there as I have always been a lover of water.
Upon arrival, into the narrow road into this small port, we were confused as to where the tour would start as there were no signs of “Mangrove Tunnels”. A Creole man with a thick accent approached us and asked if we wanted to hire him as our water taxi/tour guide. For only 25$ for 2 people for a 45 minute tour. Sure why not.
Hopping on the “Dory” = Old Wooden Canoe
We hopped on his ‘dory’, an old wooden canoe-type motor boat and toured through the beautiful Caribbean fishing villages, with houses and shops constructed on stilts over the water. Along the water, we waved at locals on lobster and shrimp boats and happy local children wading by.
The Restaurant Called the “Hole in the Wall Restaurant”
After our Mangrove Tour, we ate and relaxed at the “Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant“, a popular local Seafood restaurant supported on stilts. It’s run by a friendly Caribbean couple with laid back vibes, Bob Marley playing in the background while kids ran around playing games.
It was a much-needed treat to be away from our resort. We rested there for the afternoon along with one other family. The sound of reggae and the Caribbean breeze settled in creating a buzzing feeling.
I ordered the Seafood Combo which is a plate consisted of lobster, fish and shrimp. SO FRESH, so Delicious! The mashed potato that came with it was probably the best I’ve ever had. The owner swore it was simply potatoes and garlic.
The sun began to set so we hopped back on our Dory towards the port where we first arrived just hours earlier to get back on our scooter.