Heavenly Honduras: Trip to Roatan Island Offers a Slice of ‘Paradise’

Endeavor employees know how to work hard – and play hard. With travel benefits on 90+ airlines worldwide, no destination is out of reach. For DTW Maintenance Administrator Wendy Duguid, creative planning made possible a dream vacation to Roatan, Honduras — complete with snorkeling, tiki huts, and her own private beach.

What was your destination and why did you choose it?
Our destination was Roatan, one of the Honduras Bay Islands in the Caribbean Sea. I went there with my boyfriend as it has the second largest barrier reef in the world and is a major snorkeling and diving destination.

What route did you take to get there?
Unfortunately, Delta only flies to and from Roatan (RTB) once a week on Saturdays out of Atlanta. After playing around on DeltaNet, it appeared this is their schedule all year long. We felt one week wasn’t long enough but two weeks was too long, so we flew United there (DTW-IAH-RTB) and American home (RTB-MIA-DTW). For example, a ZED fare from IAH is about $65 and the return is about $125.

Where did you stay while you were there?
We rented a lower unit, private house off Airbnb called “Hummingbird Beach.” We had a beautiful shaded deck with tiki hut, hammocks, and our own private beach with beautiful views of the sunset every night. Our host, Steve, offered a special rate for stays longer than 7 days. It was the perfect location between West Bay and West End, both within walking distance or by water taxi.

What was your favorite memory or activity?
We did an all-day excursion with Aqua Adventures to Pigeon Cay, a deserted little island right off the tip of Roatan. On the boat ride to Pigeon Cay, we made two different stops and snorkeled off the most secluded areas on the East End of the island. Once we got to Pigeon Cay, we snorkeled around the island while we waited for lunch to be made: All-you-can-eat barbecue made out of fresh lobster and fish brought from the local fisherman daily, served with chicken and beef and all-you-can-drink beer and sodas! Pigeon Cay was truly paradise!

Do you have any helpful tips you’d like to share?
We rented a car, which was nice as we could explore the whole island and go to Aqua Adventures for our excursion, which was about an hour away from where we stayed. It also was nice as we could go grocery shopping and cook a meal at our house to save a little bit of money.