The cruise port I was most excited to visit during our recent Carnival cruise? Mahogany Bay in Isla Roatan, Honduras! This private retreat features beautiful beaches, shopping, TWO Fat Tuesday’s and tons of activities- from zip lining to snorkeling and the popular ‘Magical Flying Beach Chair’. There are so many things to do in Mahogany Bay – I couldn’t wait for a day of fun.
Here’s a look at the fun we had at Mahogany Bay and the activities available when visiting this fantastic port-
Time to Shop, Eat and Drink!
Upon exiting the ship, you’ll find yourself in the shopping district of the port. From jewelry, clothes, a store featuring beach shells (!) and local gifts, I wish I had spent more time exploring the shops, but my main goal that day was the beach and sunshine.
For a snack, check out the gelato shop – they also serve ice cream and the Espresso Americano brews their coffee with Honduran beans.
And who doesn’t love a Fat Tuesday’s when you’re on vacation?! There are TWO in Mahogany Bay – one located in the shopping district and one on the beachside of the port.
Also on the beachside, you’ll find the Playa Tortugas Chill n’ Grill has a large menu of food and drinks. (Pro Tip: They do not accept Sign and Sail cards, so bring cash or credit cards!) For fresh fish, check out the Hideaway Fishery for local catches.
Go On a Magical Flying Beach Chair Ride
Even though this was my first visit to Mahogany Bay, I have been fascinated with it for quite awhile. The thought of a ski lift transporting me to a beach just sounded magical. Well, I am happy to report that it did not disappoint.
For an additional fee, The Magical Flying Beach Chair takes guests from the shopping area of the port over to the beachside of the enclosed port. You’ll ride high above the trees and cross over water too.
Keep your eyes on the waterways – we spotted a stingray in the waters below us! Maggie says that it was the highlight of our entire trip.
While you can purchase Magical Beach Chair tickets at the port, there are quite a few Carnival shore excursions that include a magical flying beach chair ticket and a variety of amenities like reserved beach chairs, kayaks and more.
A few things to keep in mind about the Magical Flying Beach Chair – if you decide to buy your ticket on port day, the cost is $14 for adults and $8 for children 4-12 years old. Children 3 and under are free. Riders must be 32 inches tall and each chair has a maximum weight capacity of 600 lbs.
Relax on the Beach
My goal at Mahogany Bay was a day at the beach — and Mahogany Beach was HUGE! Tons of (free!) beach chairs and waiters roaming the area, ready to take drink and food orders. Yes, please! We snagged some beach chairs, had a quick snack and hit the waters. The water was so clear, I could see my feet – always a good thing.
The Beach Rentals building had plenty of floats and kayaks for rent, along with reserved beach chairs with clamshell covers too. You can also book these rentals ahead of time as a shore excursion package that also includes the Magical Flying Beach Chair.
Ready for More Adventure?
While we were docked in port, we had a great view of the Jolly Roger Catamarans headed out for a day of fun. So, I started reading about it and the catamarans feature scuba diving, sailing time with lunch included and an open bar – and digital photos of your day included too!
And while riding the Magical Flying Beach Chair, we could see people zip lining off in the distance down the mountainside. Total adventure and something I’m adding to my to-do list for our next visit. Tons of great shore excursions to choose from in Mahogany Bay.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing day in the sun or adventures on the sea and sky – this is a fantastic port filled with activities. For another look at Mahogany Bay Cruise Center website, they have a helpful map and calendar showing if there are other ships scheduled to be in port while you are there.
I hope to find more Carnival cruise sailings that stop at Mahogany Bay in the future. We loved our beach day and the Flying Magical Beach Chair was a unique addition to our day. Two thumbs WAY up from our family for Mahogany Bay!
Have You Visited Mahogany Bay?
** My family and I sailed as guests of Carnival Cruise Line. My family and I paid our own way on the Magical Flying Beach Chair excursion and all opinions here are 100% my own. This post includes affiliate links, if you purchase from them I may receive a few pennies. **
Sounds like you took the trip I am taking in August. I have a plan for Cayman Islands and now I have one for here. Any beach suggestions for Belize? Thanks!