East Roatan Culture Tour
During the East Roatan Culture Tour, you will learn to dance Punta music, appreciate the Garifuna traditional clothing, toast with the famous Guifity drink (that allegedly has medicinal properties), and taste a sample of their cuisine.
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What's included :
- Punta music dance lesson
- Taste a sample of Garifuna cuisine
- East island sightseeing tour
What's excluded :
- Mangrove Tour
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Punta Gorda, Punta Gorda, Roatan, Bay Islands
Our East Roatan Culture Tour takes you off the beaten path and right into the heart of our Afro-Caribbean roots.
Join your local guide as we leave the beaten path behind towards the East end of Roatan Island. We’ll drive along a scenic highway, exploring the little villages we encounter and enjoying the amazing views of the unspoiled side of our island.
On the visit to the town of Oak Ridge you will explore the seat of the Santos Guardiola municipality, a village that was the home of the Bay Islands’ commercial fishing industry back in the day where houses are still built around the water and on stilts, making for many photo opportunities.
Next, your tour guide will take you to the Garifuna village of Punta Gorda, where you will be able to smell, taste, touch, hear and dance the culture of Roatan Island and discover the things that distinguish us Bay Islanders and our traditions from the rest of the Caribbean.
The garinagu (collective Garifuna language name for the tribe of Garifunas) are people proud of their history and the fact that they never worked as slaves. Their journey on this part of the word originated with the arrival on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent of West African slaves who washed ashore around 1635 while likely on their way to New World mines and plantations.
They intermarried with the local populations of Arawaks and Carib Indians, who were immigrants from South America, to become what is actually known as Garifunas or Black Caribs.
The Afro-Caribbean Garifunas lived for a while peacefully alongside French settlers who reached St. Vincent later in the 17th century, until the British troops exiled them in 1796 and eventually shipped them off to Roatan, where they established little fishing villages and started to develop crops of cassava, a mainstay of traditional Garifuna cuisine.
From Roatan, the Garifunas branched out to Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, where they still live according to their ancestral traditions of artisanal fishing, and farming with a mixture of South American and African music, dance and spirituality.
UNESCO declared Garifuna language, dance, and music to be a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” in 2001.
During this tour, you will learn to dance Punta music, appreciate the Garifuna traditional clothing, toast with the famous Guifity drink (that allegedly has medicinal properties), and taste a sample of their cuisine.
Come as a valued guest, leave as a friend. Our passionate, local guides can’t wait to share personal and entertaining stories of our rich history and lifestyle with you!
Duration: 2 hours
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
We pick our passengers one hour after the cruise docks in port. Detailed pick-up instructions for Port of Roatan and Mahogany Bay will be emailed to you upon confirmation of your reservation.Ports
- Berth 1 - Port of Roatan, Main St, Coxen Hole, Honduras
- Roatan, Mahogany Bay, Mahogany Bay, Honduras
Departure Time :Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. East Roatan Culture + Mangrove 3/15/2020 - 7/30/2022
East Roatan Culture Tour 3/15/2020 - 7/30/2022
Monday - Sunday: 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM Monday - Sunday: 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.