At Gumbalimba Park, witness the beauty of nature as you stroll though the nature trails. Interact with the parrots in the bird sanctuary or frolic with the monkey's at the monkey refuge. Explore the history of the pirates of the Caribbean inside Coxen's Cave, home of Captain John Coxen, and his stolen treasure, along with murals of the history of Honduras. Roam through the Botanical Garden and learn about the indigenous plants of the region.
Note: Meal is available at the outdoor kitchen for an additional charge. The cave you will be visiting is not natural, but man-made.
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Rating Snapshot(3 reviews)
3 of 3(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Gumbalimba Park & Pirate Cave
This sanctuary is beautiful. We started with a show by the hummingbirds before meeting the parrots and then the monkeys. The pictures that we got were terrific--up close and personal with the wildlife.
The young teens with me loved this excursion, especially the monkeys & freshwater pool. Fair warning - I use a seat-cane to maintain balance & sit down when I need a short rest. So I packed a small daypack to keep both hands free for my cane and camera. When we arrived, I was told I MUST leave my little backpack on a table or rent a locker to keep it safe. This really got me ticked off, as I had no warning this would happen. When we returned from the otherwise delightful tour & hike, it was clear I was actually expected to TIP the woman who sat at a little table collecting the locker rental I hadn't planned for. A mild irritation, but I would have appreciated knowing ahead to use a waistpack instead for camera gear, SPF lotion, towel, etc.
We had booked this excursion and after reading some of the reviews here, I was beginning to regret it. I suppose maybe the different times of year and/or different tour guides might be the key to this excursion.
To begin with, the area around the Roatan Port is really quite scary, once you get outside the boundries of the little shopping area. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have an excursion planned at this port. Especially one with the ships approved tours. Venturing out on foot beyond the ships port can be downright frightening.
We boarded a bus and drove through the scarier parts of Roatan. The tour guide showed us the school and explained why the school had barbed wire around the top of the schools walls. Its the only school that is right on the beach. There are a lot of dogs roaming around the town, they were not dangerous, but if your really sensitive about animal right it can be disturbing. The guide did say that they had homes but that there are no leash laws.
Once outside the city things changed drastically. The drive goes up a mountain on winding roads, with many opportunities to view the ocean from on high. The views were breathtaking.
Once we were at Gumbalimba we were instructed that we could not take any lose articles or bags on the tour because the monkeys and parrots might steal the items or get into bags and steal items and take them up the trees. You are able to take purses that are zipped up. Locker rentals are only $3.00 so we went ahead and got a locker to be safe. You did not have to rent a locker, the guide said you could just leave your stuff on the table (I suspect that is because of all the complaining from people feeling like they are being forced to rent a locker....but its $3.00 people, get over it) I would recommend not leaving your bags on a table because your gone for over an hour and anyone can come into the park. Do not be cheap, pay the $3.00 and get a locker.
The first part of the tour goes into the Pirate Cave, this is the one and only reason why I did not rate this tour as excellent. The cave is interesting enough, it is a replica, but there is too much talking by the tour guides in that cave. Thankfully, it has AC but I imagine in the summer, even with the AC, its uncomfortable. The tour guide was very good but there was just far too much time spent and talking going on in, what is essentially, a fake cave.
The tour gets really good after that cave. We were taken over to a suspension bridge. If you are afraid of heights to the point of being unable to move your legs, you can and should use the walkway (or chicken walk, as it was called) to get over the river. Otherwise, this bridges scariness has been over exaggerated. I am a larger gal and was slightly afraid of it being instable, but it was a really solid, well-made bridge. It was really quite comfortable to walk on. The only thing I would say is to make sure that you walk in the dead center of the bridge because it can tend to tilt if you center your weight more onto one side. Otherwise, there is no reason to fear this bridge. The view is stunning from the bridge and its fun. The one thing I would caution is the walk down from the bridge once you get on the other side, it is quite muddy and there is nothing to hold onto but trees and rocks and it gets kind of steep. Just be prepared to take it a little slow if you get nervous about walking down steps without a hand railing.
Once your on Monkey Island, you are taken to the area where the parrots are. Most of them are in cages and an animal handler has one parrot out to take pics with you. This part is okay, parrots are common in the USA as pets so it was no biggie to me. I think the kids would love this though. The awe inspiring thing for me and my friend was seeing these giant parrots flying over head. 3 or 4 of them would be flying over the trees and it was just lovely to see. These are really large parrots.
Then came the good part. In previous reviews people have said that there was one monkey on a leash and that was it. Well, I dont know what was going on at the time those people were there because there were at least 9 or 10 monkeys running around free on the island that we could see. The first monkey that came to me and got on my shoulder was roaming freely. They were swinging over head on the trees and going from one side of the area to the other on the ground. There was one monkey on a leash. The handler would have you sit on a swing and let the monkey sit in your lap. The handler explained that this particular monkey (Diego was his name) was new and was still getting use to humans so we had to sit and he had to be leashed. But, Diego was the only monkey on a leash on our tour. Diego was super sweet. He sat on my lap and let me scratch his head for about 5 minutes. He did not want to get up and seemed perfectly comfortable with me. I am an animal lover, and animals tend to know that about me so I cant say this would happen to you. He would barely stay with anyone else for more than 30 second. I think even the handler was suprised.
Monkey Island also had rather large rats that hung out in the area with the monkeys. We also had a family of Guinny Hens (they look like small turkeys) follow us the entire time we were on monkey island. They were funny.
This was such a wonderful suprise and I was thrilled with this part of the excursion. After we left Monkey Island, we headed back to the place where we started. This was a hut covered seating area with a snack bar. Gumbalimba is on the beach and also has a pool. They do allow you to hang by the pool or on the beach but everyone left and headed back to the Port. We had a nice ride back to the Port. Again, amazing views and a fun ride on winding roads made for a pleasant trip back. I felt I got to see a nice chunk of Roatan and a much better part of it than what the port provides.
I highly recommend this excursion, especially if you have kids or are an animal or nature lover.