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Posts Tagged ‘Roatan’

Mahogany Bay is the Complete Package! Isla Roatan, Honduras

Posted by E.G.D. on May 29, 2018

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The Private Carnival Cruise Port/Beach Playground of Mahogany Bay (Photo by E.G.D.)

Last week, to celebrate my younger sister’s doctoral graduation, the two of us and our parents (Jody and Greg) went on a very nice cruise.  In the first two ports of call, we had some very specific plans that involved shore excursions, which are basically paid day-trips to specific places.  The third port of call was Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras, and I am pleased to report that the port pretty much is the destination, and it is set up with everything a person needs for a fantastic day with no real need for any sort of paid extras.  They offer the paid extras, of course, but they’re really quite unnecessary if you happen to be a regular beach-goer who doesn’t mind short uphill walks.

First things first, the walk from the dock to the beach is short and scenic, and even if you have difficulty walking between things, the path is lined with chairs, benches, and hammocks that are free for anyone to use.  If you want to pay extra, you can take what amounts to a ski-lift down to the beach, but it seems a little silly unless you have difficulty walking or unless you really want to see the walkway from above.  Once you get to the beach, there are tons of beach chairs, and if you like, you can potentially pay for ones that have little canopies.  Again, the paid option seems a little silly, since there are seriously a whole lot of chairs, and you have your pick of sun or shade.

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Ample Seating at Mahogany Bay (Photo by Jody Diehl)

We went with shade, and we had a great view, as well as easy access to the beach and the snorkeling pier.

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Our Home Base at Mahogany Bay (Photo by E.G.D.)

Speaking of which, the beach and the snorkeling pier are delightful!  The facilities are abundant and clean (lots of showers and bathroom stalls), there is a life-guard manning the snorkeling pier, and the swimming area is clearly marked.

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The Lifeguard at the End of the Snorkeling Pier (Photo by Jody Diehl)

It’s really the complete package, even without extras!  If you bring your own snorkeling gear, the only place you might find yourself compelled to spend money is in the shops, which I have to admit are seriously awesome.  There’s a market that has stalls for local craftsmen, and we all found great, hand-made souvenirs, not to mention local, organic chocolate.

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The Snorkeling Pier at Mahogany Bay (Photo by Jody Diehl)

That being said, I would definitely recommend that if you find yourself in Mahogany Bay, you should leave the ship for the beach fairly early to claim your beach chairs and enjoy the day before the really roasting heat happens.  We went snorkeling three times, enjoyed the sandy beach, and took lots and lots of pictures well before the temperature spiked, and then we went back to the ship for lunch and a shower before we went back to do the above-mentioned souvenir shopping.

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Yes, the ships really are docked that close! (Photo by Jody Diehl)

Also, as you can see, by the time we left that first time, the beach was getting pretty crowded!  It’s a big enough beach with enough seating, though, that it wasn’t really a problem.

I suppose my point is that Mahogany Bay makes for a great day at the beach, and pretty much everything you need (or really, even want in our case) is included in the price of your cruise.  If you find yourself there someday, I strongly recommend that you check the place out and make your buying decisions after you see what is available to you at no extra charge.  It was a great way for us to kick off our summer beach season!

I hope your summer kick-off is equally beachy -E.G.D.

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