Discover the Unique Things to do in Roatan’s East End
Roatan’s East End is certainly the most pristine and authentic part of the island. However, because of this, there are not so many activities available to choose from. Here is a list of things to do in Roatan’s East End
Marble Hills Farm
This lovely farm is famous for the jams and jellies it produces. They even have a free jelly tasting activity within the premises. Of course, you can purchase some of their locally made product to take home as a souvenir or for your enjoyment. Their most popular product is the hibiscus jelly, truly a different, but absolutely delicious flavor! Other interesting flavors are jalapeno, mango chutney and tamarind. Marble Hills Farm also has a kite boarding school, so if you are kite boarder, or looking to become one, you can take advantage and get a couple of classes here!
Diving in the East End
Its more remote location means no “cattle diving” in other words, you will enjoy the reefs in the company of your small group and no one else. This is what diving is all about no? Interacting with the marine life rather that with dozens of other divers doing the same thing you are doing! The best alternative for diving in the East End is out at Camp Bay, with the uDive Pangea Roatan dive shop. They are passionate about diving and service and you will absolutely love it! Paya Bay Resort and Marble Hill Farms also offer diving operations that are first class and trustworthy. They are passionate about diving and service and you will absolutely love it! Paya Bay Resort and Marble Hill Farms also offer diving operations that are first class and trustworthy.
Clothing Optional Beach
A lovely, very secluded clothing optional beach is located at the Paya Bay Resort. They have special seasons when they are clothing optional, so call in advance to make sure that they are in that mode before your visit if you are planning on some skinny dipping! The beaches are truly spectacular, with great off shore snorkeling here, so now you know; this is the ONLY clothing optional beach in Roatan. For your convenience, the resort has a great restaurant where you can enjoy an outstanding meal during your visit to the beach. Please note, however, that the restaurant and bar are not clothing optional, and you will be required to dress up for service! The Paya Bay resort limits access to its property to 15 persons per day. They offer a tour that is worth $84 US dollars per person that includes an island tour, lunch, access to their secluded beaches and their local trails. You should plan on booking in advance to make sure that you will be allowed into the resort private areas. The restaurant is open to all visitors coming in for the day.
Robinson Crusoe Beach Experience
One of the most beautiful public beaches in Roatan is located just past Paya Bay, heading east towards Camp Bay. This beach, known as Playa Barbon, is beautiful, and seldom visited by locals other than on weekends. There is a small sign showing the road that gives you access to the beach. The area around the parking is rather dirty with trash, but if you walk out a hundred yards to the east, you will find a truly pristine setting. Remember that despite being a public beach, there are no services available here, so bring your own water or drinks, as well as snacks, and make sure you take your trash with you! This is one of my favorite things to do in Roatan’s East End.
From both Paya Bay Resort and Camp Bay, you can arrange for a boat tour to take you out to explore the neighboring islands of Saint Helene, Morat and the Pigeon Cays, which are just off the south side of Barbareta, a privately owned island. The tour will take you through a natural mangrove canal that separates the islands of Roatan and St. Helene, and then along the south side of the island towards Moran, a small uninhabited island and on the Pigeon Cays, a pristine paradise where you will have a small white sand beach island to yourself. The Cays are uninhabited, so skinny dipping is acceptable if you feel comfortable doing so. The reefs are only a few feet off the beach, so snorkeling is absolutely outstanding.