Discover the True Roatan
For a small island, Roatan, in the Bay Islands of Honduras, is amazingly diverse and culturally rich. There are many tours and activities to enjoy here, and often some of the island’s gems are missed amidst the excitement of popular excursions and attractions.
If you’re more of an off-the-beaten path adventurer, we highly recommend Tim and Barb’s Eco Tour - a great way to see the island from a local’s perspective during your travels through Roatan.
Who is Tim?
Tim Blanton has been the resident photo and video professional at CoCo View Resort since 1998. He has helped develop the skills of many underwater camera enthusiasts and has provided video and professional photography services to organizations such as National Geographic Television and the Discovery Channel.
Don’t let his underwater experience fool you, though. As long-time residents of Roatan, Tim and his wife, Barbara, also have an in-depth familiarity with the island’s top-side and are more than happy to share that knowledge with CoCo View guests.
Eco Tour With Tim & Barb
Join Tim and Barb Blanton as they take guests on tours of Roatan’s less explored nooks and crannies. Tim and Barb are incredibly knowledgeable about the island’s history, geology, and bio-diversity and discuss the history of Roatan and the Bay Islands throughout their tour.
Visit the Iguana Park, tour the mangroves by boat, travel to the Garifuna Village of Punta Gorda, and stop to explore ancient Paya Indian sites to look for pottery shards. During this tour, you will also be introduced to the many species of birds and other wildlife that make Roatan their home.
- Iguana Farm: when Roatan’s iguana population started to dwindle, Sherman Arch began a reserve to protect them. The farm started with just a few iguanas, but visitors can get up close and personal with over 4,000 iguanas that now roam freely in this protected haven.
- Mangrove Tour: Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive to Oakridge for a boat tour deep into the thick, centuries-old mangroves.
- Punta Gorda: The Garifuna community of Punta Gorda was the first Garifuna settlement in Central America and is the only true Garifuna community remaining in Roatan today.
- Paya Indian Sites: In the 1500s, Christopher Columbus’ brother, Bartholemew, was likely the first tourist ever to share a few beers with the locals as he met Roatan’s first known inhabitants - the Paya Indians. Their pottery and small sculptures, called Yaba-ding-ding, can still be found on the island today.