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“Breathtaking”
Review of Upachaya

Upachaya
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Just minutes away from both cruise ship terminals. Upachaya offers small, personal tours. Our experienced snorkel guides will show you the hidden wonders of our fabulous reef system and for those on kayaks and paddleboards you will also experience the mangrove tunnels. Transportation, a meal with beverage and snorkel equipment are provided, as well as a Roatan Marine Park Day Pass. Pontoon Snorkel tour for those wanting more comfort - $78.00 Kayak and Snorkel tour for those a bit more adventurous - $78.00 Stand Up Paddleboard tour new and great fun - $68.00 All tours are approximately 4 1/2 hours in length from the time we pick you up until we return you. All guests are provided a short botanical tour of our gardens. Contrary to some of the pictures from reviewers on this site, we ask guests DO NOT TOUCH THE MARINE LIFE. YOUR FINGER OILS COULD KILL IT, OR YOU COULD GET STUNG. WE RESPECT ALL MARINE LIFE AND ASK YOU TO VIEW IT ONLY. SCHEDULE YOUR TOUR FROM JULY 22nd TO SEPTEMBER 30th AND RECEIVE A 15% DISCOUNT ON ALL TOURS IF YOU MENTION YOU FOUND US ON TRIP ADVISOR. Get away from the crowds and discover Roatan's undeveloped north shore. Just minutes away from both cruise ship terminals. Upachaya offers small, personal tours. Our experienced snorkel guides will show you the hidden wonders of our fabulous reef system and for those on kayaks and paddleboards you will also experience the mangrove tunnels. Transportation, a meal with beverage and snorkel equipment are provided, as well as a Roatan Marine Park Day Pass. Pontoon Snorkel tour for those wanting more comfort - $78.00 Kayak and Snorkel tour for those a bit more adventurous - $78.00 Stand Up Paddleboard tour new and great fun - $68.00 All tours are approximately 4 1/2 hours in length from the time we pick you up until we return you. All guests are provided a short botanical tour of our gardens. Contrary to some of the pictures from reviewers on this site, we ask guests DO NOT TOUCH THE MARINE LIFE. YOUR FINGER OILS COULD KILL IT, OR YOU COULD GET STUNG. WE RESPECT ALL MARINE LIFE AND ASK YOU TO VIEW IT ONLY.
Reviewed 26 August 2014

My boyfriend and I were referred to Upachaya by our concierge at Villa de Playas. What a treat! Barb and her team have made it a magical spot. We kayaked through the mangroves out to the ocean and snorkeled with Mario and his nephew. We felt safe and well cared for. When we returned we had an amazing meal prepared for us and truly enjoyed our adventure!
I highly recommend staying or visiting this beautiful sanctuary.

Thank okieheather
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

First I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful morning in Roatan, our driver was full of information and facts as we drove to the Resort or should I say Upachaya B&B which was about a 10-15 minute drive. It is a good walk to meet the driver but you can always take a taxi for $2 pp if you are unable to walk up a hill and stairs. There will be other people offering you tours as you walk and you just tell them no thank you but they generally seemed nice. Beth met us at the van once we arrived at the B&B and gave us a tour of her property, which was beautiful and she was full of information. We made our way down to the dock to get ready for our snorkel. It was only my husband and I doing the excursion that day which turned out to be a blessing!! Our guide was Mario who is a PADI certified and snorkeled with us the whole time. Our first mate was Manuel and he was in charge of our equipment and the boat. The boat is a pontoon boat that was very nice and we had lots of room to move around. The boat ride out to the first snorkel site is only 5-10 minutes from the dock and was very enjoyable to see the shore and mangroves. We have our own snorkel equipment but both guys were always checking to make sure we were ok and treating our mask so they wouldn't fog up. My husband's mask was new and he puts out alot of hot air through his nose, so his fogged up every 5 minutes. Mario never left our sides while snorkeling, he guided us through the reefs to point out where each creature was hiding and would take my camera down and take pictures of them for us. He seemed to know those waters very well which is how he knew where to take us for each creature. He would also point out different species of coral and fish for us. The waters we were in were relatively calm and easy to snorkel. Once we got back to the dock the guys rinsed off our equipment for us and we rinsed off and made our way to lunch. Beth sat with us and chatted as we ate our delicious vegetarian lunch. We then changed out of our wet clothes and headed back to the port. I believe we made it back around 12 or 1 so we had plenty of time to explore the Mahogany bay area. We would definitely do this excursion again or any excursion with these wonderful people again. A few things to note, I would love to go back to Roatan one day and spend a week there and swim with the whale sharks. The people there seem very friendly but the bugs are not. It is common that some of the Caribbean islands have these tiny bugs called noseeums. Just be prepared and wear repellent.

2  Thank ae g
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

While we were in Roatan we wanted to see another area of the island (we were staying in West Bay) so we booked the Mangrove Kayak & Snorkel tour with Upachaya. The morning came for our tour and we were not feeling well. I called Barb to see if we could reschedule and she was very understanding on such short notice, and we re-booked. Finally our second day came and the driver picked us up at our resort and took us to Upachaya. Barb met us at the van and took us on a brief tour of the property, explaining to us what some of the trees and plants were, what fruits came from them and what medicinal uses they may have.

After walking along the boardwalk through the mangroves to the dock, we climbed into our kayaks with our guides and headed out. In addition to the guide who was the 'lead' there was a second guide. While we were snorkeling the second guide stayed in the kayak and followed us around in case any problems arose or we got tired - this proved to be very helpful once when I somehow inhaled some saltwater and had a bit of a coughing fit. It was nice to have something to hold onto instead of having to tread water.

Anyway, when we left the dock at Upachaya we paddled a bit through mangroves before heading out to the area where we snorkeled. We clipped our kayaks to a buoy and snorkeled around for quite some time. It was nice to see a different section of the reef, as well as snorkel in an area that was not crowded like it can be in West Bay. We were the only four people around.

Upon returning to Upachaya, lunch was ready and waiting for us. Our lunch consisted of a rice/bean/pepper salad, a green salad, chips and salsa and mango (grown on the property and so tasty!). It was so nice to have such a fresh healthy lunch after our tour. Often what was available near our resort was heavy foods and this was a welcome change. Barb sat and chatted with us during lunch and when we were finished we headed back to West Bay. We really enjoyed our tour and would definitely recommend it.

1  Thank Anne987654321
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

First time snorkeling experience. Copy the instructions that will be emailed to you. If you did not take the instructions, pay to get online to print out the instructions. This is not an experience for people with walking or breathing difficulties. You must walk up a steep hill to meet the van driver because Carnival owns the port and independent drivers are not allowed close to the port. The drive is a long way to the location. You will get to see Roatan. You must walk down a long hill to get to the kayak site. The location of the Bed and Breakfast is worth the drive. The lodge is lovely. The grounds are well-maintained. The Kayaking is strenuous when the tide rolls against the kayak. There is a motorboat version so take the motorboat if you are out of shape. The kayak tour is amazing. The water is crystal clear at times. The water is beautiful. The guide is able to dive deep to find good things to see. He seems to love finding good things to see. It's always a surprise. If you are inexperienced with snorkeling I suggest going on a ship excursion for beginners. The vegetarian lunch was refreshing. There is a pool to swim in if you want more swim time. Take non-deet insect repellent. Little tiny bugs bite. Then take sunscreen for your back and forehead and ears which will burn terribly if you go during the summer. Get a sunscreen that is not toxic to the sea life. Nice people. Felt safe. Suggest you take an extra drink and snack but please don't pollute the area with your trash. Not for kids under 10 because there is nothing for them to do. If you want to see the real Roatan and do an eco-tour - and kayak - and snorkel - for one low cost, then this is the the private excursion for you.

Thank living&learnin
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

From the minute my daughter and I arrived, the owner greeted us and immediately started our tour of the B&B lodge (almost entirely sustainable) and the surrounding vegetation. She explained every single tree, bush and ground cover - what it grew and how she uses or prepares it. Afterwards, my daughter and I donned our fins, snorkels and precautionary life vests and headed off with Mario to kayak through Mangroves, around the island and finally anchor at a beautiful reef area. Here we saw starfish, stingrays and a barracuda as we took our time 'looking' around for an hour or more. Mario, as well, pointed out island and ocean highlights and was gracious enough to tie our kayak on to his on our way back since the water was getting choppy......aka: we couldn't keep up! We returned to a delicious meal (prepared by Rosario) of peanut Thai noodles, fresh papaya, chips and salsa, cold slaw and more! I would highly recommend this approx. 3 hour trip,

Thank Karen L
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