Adventure Garifuna Tour,
a unique Garifuna cultural

Experience

Enjoy with your friends a beautiful private villa with accommodation for groups of up to 10 people on the beach located in Camp Bay, in Roatán, a magnificent island with fine white sand beaches, whose name means “kingdom of heaven” and facing The second largest coral reef in the world crosses its coasts, behind Australia’s, which descends from Cancun to Belize and Honduras.

Spend great moments in the private pool, tasting the local cuisine prepared by your own private chef, with A/C and Wifi included in all private transportation, and discovering and living the Garífuna culture in Punta Gorda, an ancient culture that has its origins in the union of three cultures: African, Arawak and Caribbean. This ethnic group has its own language, belief system, food and ancestral agricultural practices, dances and songs that are linked to their spirituality.

Take part in an exciting zip line adventure with fantastic views of Roatán, visiting the Monkey and Sloth Hangout, a small family-friendly animal sanctuary and a safe and loving environment for many animals, where you can interact and learn all about sloths, capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws and parrots.

Explore the East End of the island sipping your favorite cocktail at a floating bar, relax at an impressive resort like the Infinity Bay Spa & Beach Resort and discover the underwater world via the Glass Boat at the West End of the island.
Come find your next trip with Imni International Tours!

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Highlights of the Adventure Garifuna Tour on Roatan include:

Garifuna Cultural Center

Enjoy a cultural Garifuna experience at the cultural center, where you will learn about historical events as well as, dive deep into some of the cultural and spiritual practices that have been passed down through generations that have helped shape Garifuna today.

Monkey/Sloth Sanctuary + Ziplining

Explore Victor’s wildlife sanctuary where you will be able to interact with Monkeys, Sloths, Parrots, & other wildlife animals. As well as, enjoy beautiful views of Roatan as you zipline through the jungle.

Punta Gorda Night Out

Experience a sunday night out in Punta Gorda, celebrating Semana Santa- The Arrival of the Garifunas.

Tiki Bar

Enjoy an amazing cruise of Roatan on a floating bar as you sip on your favorite cocktails and spend some quality time with your friends!

Mangla Tour

Enjoy an awesome Cayuco boat ride through the mangrove angel as you learn about Roatan’s beautiful ecosystem.

ATV Motorbikes

Explore the jungles and wildlife on an adventorous tour riding automatic ATVs.

Testimonials

Hear from Our Happy Travelers

  • I booked my first vacation to Roatan, HN with Imni Tours and I had an amazing time !. I felt safe and the tours were all fun!. I recommend them if you’re traveling alone or with a group of friends. Packages are very affordable as well.
    Livin Sabio Fernandes
  • Jeimy Martinez
    Thank You Imni International Tours for assisting my family and in having the most wonderful trip to Roatan, Honduras. If your visiting Roatan please make sure you visit Punta Gorda, the first settlement of the Garifuna people. The rich culture, beautiful people and hospitality will make the experience an unforgettable one like it did for my family and I. The staff is very professional (in particular Yandra and Chapin) and knowledgeable of the Island. They made sure we were safe at all times. Very attentive to our needs and no question went unanswered. Pickup/drop off were timely. I plan on visiting Roatan again and again and will always choose Imni Tours!!! Thank You!
    Jeimy Martinez

Garifuna Culture

Garifuna

The Garífunas are an ethnic group descended from Africans and Carib and Arawak aborigines originating from various regions of the Caribbean, mainly residing in Honduras and Guatemala, where today their culture is highly celebrated. They are also known as Garinagu, Black Indians, Black Caribs, or Black Caribs. It is estimated that there are more than 600,000 residents in Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Actually, the term “Garífuna” refers to the individual and his language, while Garinagu is the term used for the group of people, being an ethnic group established after the arrival of Columbus in the New World. There were small indigenous tribes on different Caribbean islands like Saint Vincent among others. This ethnic group mixed with the African slaves who escaped from the English slave ships and were transferred to the coasts of the Central American Caribbean by the same slavers to the coasts of Honduras.

As for the highlights of Garifuna musical culture, this Afro-Caribbean community likes the energetic and captivating rhythms of the drum and its rhythm. The Garífuna participate in peculiar and relatively competitive chumba and hunguhungu dance competitions in which most of the movement revolves around a circular rotation of the hip. The Garífunas also enjoy their traditional gastronomy. Their typical dishes commonly feature green plantains, such as machuca, which combines the fruit in the form of a puree with coconut milk, fried fish, and dharasa, a Garífuna version of the tamale that takes advantage of the fruit’s versatility to achieve a sweet or spicy flavor. bitter. However, ereba (cassava bread) is the staple of the Garífuna diet and is served as an accompaniment to most meals.

History

Discover the Garifuna culture

The best-known version of the origin of the “black Caribs” (garínagu) dates from 1635, when two ships carrying slaves to the West Indies sank near the island of Saint Vincent. The slaves escaped from the ship and reached the island, where they were received by the Caribs, who initially enslaved them, but over the centuries they mixed with them and even, when more Africans escaped from the white haciendas arrived, the slaves Caribs (and Black Caribs) offered them protection. The marriages between them formed the Garinagu people, known today as Garífuna. This name was derived from “kalipuna”, one of the names used by the Caribs to refer to them. In addition to the African shipwrecks, it must be taken into account that the Caribs captured slaves in their fights against the British and French on neighboring islands and many of those captured were inserted into their communities.

When the British took the island of Saint Vincent in 1783, handed over by France in the Treaty of Paris, they opposed the French settlements and their alliance with the Caribs who rebelled in 1793, led by Joseph Chatoyer. Upon surrendering to the British in 1796, the “black Caribs” were considered enemies and deported, initially to Jamaica and then to Roatán, an island that today belongs to Honduras. The British separated them, distinguishing between those who looked more indigenous and those who looked more like Africans, the latter being declared the “real” enemies to be deported while the others were allowed to remain on the island.

More than 5,000 Black Caribs were deported, but only about 2,500 survived the journey to Roatán. Since the island was too small and infertile to support the population, the Garífuna petitioned the Spanish authorities in Honduras to be allowed to settle on the mainland. The Spanish allowed it in exchange for using them as soldiers and thus they expanded along the Central American Caribbean coast. Today most of the Garífuna have settled in the Gulf of Honduras and, in particular, in the south of Belize, on the coast of Guatemala (around Livingston), on the island of Roatán, in the coastal cities of Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as in various cities in the United States.

The Garínagu speak English, Spanish, and Garífuna. The Garínagu of Honduras and Guatemala speak Garífuna and Spanish, while those of Belize and the United States also speak English as their mother tongue. Some Garínagu Americans tend to have English as their only native language, just as some in Honduras and Guatemala speak only Spanish.

Adventure Garifuna

Itinerary

day 1

Arrival to Roatan, Honduras

● Arrive in Roatan. Meet your driver outside the Airport to transport you to your Hotel.

● Check into your Resort. Enjoy a couple hours of leisure time whether it’s taking a nice swim in the pool or taking a walk around the scenery.

● Enjoy a nice dinner by the pool.

day 2

Adventure Garifuna project Settlement DayKeys

Opening ceremony
7:00 a.m. Participate in the reenactment of the Garifuna landing. Witness the arrival of traditional dugout canoes and immerse yourself in the historical significance of this event.

● 8:30 a.m. Clients will enjoy a nice breakfast.

● 9:30 a.m. Garifuna Settlement celebration, Witness the 227 years of the Garifuna people arriving to Punta Gorda stage performance. Listen to speeches, watch traditional dances, and enjoy a taste of local cuisine.

● 11:00 a.m. Guest will head down to the Garifuna Cultural Center where you will be greeted by your tour guide who will be excited to have you experience a glimpse of the Garifuna culture.

● 12:00 noon Punta Gorda Walking Tour;
Embark on a guided walking tour through Punta Gorda’s historical landmarks, where you’ll uncover the town’s rich past and its significance to the Garifuna people. Stroll along cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses adorned with intricate carvings, each step revealing a story of resilience and cultural pride. including a quick tour of the first Garifuna Chief Satuye statue.

● 1:00 p.m. Lunch Time. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant or enjoy a picnic by the beach. Relax and savor the flavors of the Garifuna cuisine.

● 2:30 p.m. You will be taken to Yurumei Restaurant where they hold many tools and instruments that were utilized throughout the history of the Garifuna to cook traditional meals, herbal medicines, and learn other cultural practices such as dancing ‘Punta’.

● 3:30 p.m. Afterwards, you will visit the Garifuna Ancestral House where you will have the opportunity to taste freshly prepared herbal teas that have been produced for medicinal purposes.

● 4:30 p.m. Indulge in a traditional Garifuna drumming workshop, learning the rhythms and techniques that form the heart of Garifuna music and culture.

● 6:00 p.m. Savor a delightful dinner at a waterfront restaurant, embark on a culinary journey to delight your senses. offering a unique opportunity to savor a delicious dinner with breathtaking sunset views.

● 7:30 p.m. A Relaxing Journey Back, Reclaiming Your Energy:
After a day filled with adventure and exploration, the thought of returning to your comfortable hotel room for a well-deserved rest is undoubtedly appealing. As you step aboard the air-conditioned bus, a wave of relief washes over you. The comfortable seats and ample legroom invite you to sink in and unwind, leaving the excitement and discoveries of the day behind. The gentle hum of the engine and the rhythmic sway of the bus lull you into a peaceful state, allowing your mind and body to de-stress and recharge.

day 3

The Tiki Boat Getaway Swim, Sip, & Sail:

● 8:00 a.m. Guests will savor a delightful breakfast at the La Palma Hotel. They are invited to indulge in a delectable breakfast experience that sets the tone for a day of adventure and relaxation in Roatan’s paradise.

● 10:00 a.m. Embark on an unforgettable journey to Oakridge aboard the Imni Tours Bus, where you’ll seamlessly transition to the Tiki Boat Cruise for an exhilarating adventure on the turquoise waters of Roatan.

● 11:30 a.m. As the Tiki Boat gracefully sets sail: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as lively music fills the air, creating a captivating ambiance that invites you to sway to the rhythm. Open Bar( with alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks) Sip on refreshing cocktails and delectable tropical beverages as you mingle with fellow adventurers, sharing stories and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

● 12:00 noon Embark on an Eco-Adventure:The Mangrove Tunnel Tour is a captivating journey through the majestic Mangrove Tunnels. This unique tour offers an unforgettable blend of nature exploration, cultural immersion, and exhilarating activities. Keep your eyes peeled for playful monkeys swinging from the branches, iguanas basking in the sun, and vibrant fish darting through the clear waters.

● 12:45 p.m. A Glimpse of Hope: Sea Turtle Rescue Efforts in Roatan. Roatan, Honduras, is not only known for its stunning beaches and vibrant coral reefs, but also for its dedication to protecting endangered sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Rescue Tour offers a unique opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures, witness their rehabilitation, and contribute to their conservation.

● 1:30 p.m. A Feast for the Senses: the Buffet Lunch on Your Tiki Boat Cruise.

● 2:30 p.m. A Refreshing Dip at the Queen Conch Sandbar: a Paradise Found
Imagine yourself sinking your toes into the soft, powdery sand of the Queen Conch Sandbar, a pristine stretch of white sand amidst the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The gentle breeze whispers through your hair as the sun warms your skin, inviting you to take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters.

● 4:00 p.m. Dive into the Underwater Paradise: A Snorkeling Tour of 3 Enchanting Spots in Port Royal.
Port Royal, nestled on the eastern tip of Roatan, boasts some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the Caribbean, teeming with vibrant marine life and offering unparalleled underwater adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned snorkeler or a curious beginner, This 3-spot snorkeling tour invites you to explore three distinct snorkeling sites, each revealing a unique underwater world. Look out for angelfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, and even the occasional barracuda gliding through the crystal-clear water.So, grab your mask, fins, and a sense of adventure, and let’s delve into the captivating underwater treasures of Port Royal.

● 6:00 p.m. Savor the Sensational, A Culinary Journey with Sunset Views:
As the sun begins its descent, painting the Caribbean sky with fiery hues of orange and pink the Tiki Boat will cruise to a local waterfront restaurant to embark on a culinary journey to delight your senses. offering a unique opportunity to savor a delicious dinner with breathtaking sunset views.

● 7:30 p.m. A Relaxing Journey Back, Reclaiming Your Energy:
After a day filled with adventure and exploration, the thought of returning to your comfortable hotel room for a well-deserved rest is undoubtedly appealing. As you step aboard the air-conditioned bus, a wave of relief washes over you. The comfortable seats and ample legroom invite you to sink in and unwind, leaving the excitement and discoveries of the day behind. The gentle hum of the engine and the rhythmic sway of the bus lull you into a peaceful state, allowing your mind and body to de-stress and recharge.

Additional Tips for What to Wear on a Tiki Boat Cruise Tour in Roatan:

  • Sense of adventure and fun: Bring your positive vibes and get ready for a memorable experience!
  • Sunscreen: Apply generously and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Sunglasses and Hat
    Swimsuit and Towel:You’ll likely want to go swimming or snorkeling, so pack a swimsuit you feel comfortable in.
  • Shoes: Wear comfortable sandals or water shoes that you can easily slip on and off.
  • Camera: Capture the memories of your tiki boat cruise with a camera or waterproof phone case.
  • Waterproof bag: Protect your belongings from water damage by packing them in a waterproof bag.( optional)

day 4

Explore the West Side of Roatan

● 7:00 a.m. | Enjoy a nice breakfast by the pool.

● 10:00 a.m. | You will be transported to the West Side of Roatan where you will have a chance to shop around the variety of stores.

● 11:00 a.m. | As well as, visit the Chocolate Factory and the Tobacco Factory to see how they are all produced.

● 1:00 p.m. | Lunch Time. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant.

● 2:00 p.m. | Get your adrenaline pumping with an ATV ride through local village, Milton, Politilly and Diamond Rock.

● 4:00 p.m. | You will be transported back to your Resort to get ready for the Punta Gorda Festival.

● 7:00 p.m. | You will be picked up and transported to Punta Gorda Sunday Festival, where you will get to explore the night life, dance under the stars, try out a variety of foods, and interact with Island locals.

*We recommend everyone to prepare your bags the night before, that way you will have time to eat breakfast before your flight back to the mainland.*

day 5

Last Day in Roatan

● After Breakfast, you will check out of the hotel & your driver will transport you to Roatan’s International Airport to catch your flight back home.

Have a safe trip home! We hope to see you soon. Imni International Tours Thank you for your support

Additional Tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for warm weather and walking.
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Bring your positive vibes and get ready for a memorable experience!
  • Carry a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Respect the local culture and traditions, and be mindful of local customs and etiquette.
  • You’ll likely want to go swimming or snorkeling, so pack a swimsuit you feel comfortable in.
  • Immerse yourself in the Garifuna language by learning a few basic phrases or words.
  • Capture the memories of your tiki boat cruise with a camera or waterproof phone case.
  • Engage with the locals, ask questions, and learn more about their culture and experiences.
  • Savor the opportunity to experience the authentic flavors of Garifuna cuisine.
  • Capture the vibrant colors and energy of the celebration through photographs.
  • Protect your belongings from water damage by packing them in a waterproof bag. ( optional)

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Adventure Garifuna

Who is this retreat suitable for?

Our Roatan Yoga Wellness Retreat is designed for individuals of all ages, fitness levels, and yoga experience. Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, you will find our program accessible and beneficial.

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodations for our retreat vary depending on the package you choose. We offer a range of options, including shared dormitory-style rooms, private rooms with shared bathrooms, and private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. All accommodations are clean, comfortable, and designed to immerse you in the tranquil environment of Roatan.

What should I bring with me?

We recommend packing comfortable, breathable clothing suitable for yoga and meditation, along with personal toiletries, sunscreen, insect repellent, a reusable water bottle, a yoga mat (if you prefer using your own), a journal, and any necessary medications. You may also wish to bring a swimsuit, beach towel, and any snorkeling or diving gear if you plan on participating in water-based activities.

Are meals included in the retreat package?

Yes, all retreat packages include three healthy and delicious meals per day, prepared by our talented chefs using fresh, locally sourced, and organic ingredients whenever possible. We can accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions upon request.

Can I participate in activities outside of the retreat center?

Absolutely! In addition to our scheduled yoga classes, meditation sessions, and wellness workshops, we offer a variety of optional excursions that allow you to explore the natural beauty and cultural richness of Roatan. These may include snorkeling or diving in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, hiking in the lush rainforests, or visiting local communities to learn about their customs and traditions.

What is the cancellation policy?

Our retreat center has a specific cancellation policy that can be found on our website or in the booking confirmation email. In general, we require advance notice for cancellations, and refunds may be subject to an administration fee. We recommend reviewing the policy carefully before booking.

How do I get to the retreat center?

The easiest way to reach our retreat center is by flying into the Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) on Roatan. From there, you can arrange for a taxi or shuttle service to transport you to the retreat center. We can also help coordinate transportation upon request.

Do I need a visa to travel to Honduras?

Visa requirements for Honduras depend on your nationality. Please check with your country’s embassy or consulate for specific information on entry requirements. Most visitors from the United States, Canada, and European Union countries can enter Honduras without a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

Is it safe to travel to Roatan?

Roatan is generally considered a safe destination for tourists. However, it’s always important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings, especially when traveling in unfamiliar places. We recommend following common-sense safety precautions, such as not carrying large amounts of cash, keeping your belongings secure, and avoiding poorly lit or deserted areas at night.

What is the weather like in Roatan?

Roatan has a tropical climate with warm temperatures and high humidity year-round. The dry season typically runs from February to May, while the rainy season occurs from June to January. It’s a good idea to check the local weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly.