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Gumbalimba park

Tour Description

While en route from the Coxen Hole or Mahogany Bay Cruise Ship Terminal complex, you will learn about the history and traditions of Roatan as you make your way to Gumbalimba Park, located in West End, just north of West Bay.

Gumbalimba Park is a botanical garden that features cascading waterfalls, swinging island rope bridges, plants trees and flowers that are native to the island of Roatan, an aviary containing a variety of birds and parrots, as well as a monkey habitat. It's a beautiful, peaceful place, and the monkeys are quite friendly; they enjoy having their picture taken.

The park also features a "Coxen's Cave" history tour and pirate's cave, with artwork and history painted on the cave walls, life-size pirates, treasure, weapons and maps.

When it's time to cool off, you can visit Gumbalimba's peaceful sandy beach, complete with lounge chairs situated for the sun lovers and hammocks hung between the trees for shade lovers. Showers and bathrooms are available at the beach.

Note: Drinks and snacks are available throughout the park at your own expense. Please note that no bags, food or liquids are allowed in animal areas of park. Strollers will have to park in designated area before entering monkey refuge. Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Guests with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition should take particular caution when selecting a tour. Guests who have concerns should consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.

Activity Level:


Excursion Length: 3½ to 4 Hours

40% This activity will take up about 40% of your time in port.

Tour Prices:

Royal Caribbean: Adults, from $64; kids, from $49
Celebrity: Adults, from $64; kids, from $49
Princess: from $49.95
Norwegian: Adults, from $75; kids, from $55

What You Need to Bring:

  • Comfortable shirt and pants or shorts
  • Wear your bathing suit under your clothes, if you plan on swimming
  • Bring towel if you plan on swimming
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Biodegradable Sunscreen--don't harm the reef
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug repellent
  • Hat
  • Bring cash for drinks, snacks, souvenirs and incidentals
  • Bring your camera. Amazon sells a great feature packed Nikon 13 MP point-and-shoot camera that's waterproof, shockproof and family friendly for less than $150.

Cruise Lines Offering This Tour:

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What Else You Need to Know:

Transit to the site: You'll board an open-air island bus at either the Coxen Hole or Mahogany Bay Cruise Center pier; it'll take about 30-45 minutes to reach Gumbalimba Park.

Who should take this tour:

  • Nature lovers
  • Birders
  • Folks who want to learn about the pirate history of Roatan
  • Fun seekers
  • Photographers

What you'll do


Meet guide at Coxen Hole or Mahogany Bay Cruise Ship Terminal

Board bus and take narrated drive to Gumbalimba Park (30 to 45 minutes)

Free time at Gumbalimba Park (2 to 2½ hours)

Re-board bus and return to Coxen Hole or Mahogany Bay Cruise Ship Terminal (30 to 45 minutes)

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