Where is Mahogany Bay?
Mahogany Bay is the cruise ship port owned by Carnival Corporation, located on the island of Roatan. Roatan is a popular cruise ship stop in the Western Caribbean, typically on the same itinerary as Belize and Cozumel.
The Mahogany Bay port is located in Dixon Cove, between Coxen Hole and French Harbour along Roatan’s south shore. The port can dock two ships at a time.
Which Ships Dock at Mahogany Bay?
Mahogany Bay is owned by Carnival Corporation, so all Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Regent Seven Seas, and Oceania ships dock there. Additionally, Costa Cruises, Thomson Cruises, and P&O Cruises all dock at Mahogany Bay.
The only time ships from these companies will dock at the other dock, the Port of Roatan, instead is during strong windy weather when entering Mahogany Bay itself cannot be done. The Port of Roatan offers more space to anchor and tender guests to shore and is located in the capital of Coxen Hole.
What is in Mahogany Bay?
Mahogany Bay was built by Carnival Corporation, so there is plenty to do right at the port. There is a man-made beach within walking distance, although there is no real snorkeling out from that beach. There are a few bars and restaurants at the beach, but only one closer to the ships: Fat Tuesdays.
There are all the standard shops at the port, including Diamonds International (or Tanzanite International), Harley Davidson, a pharmacy, and several smaller local gift shops and specialty stalls. There is a zipline canopy tour at the port, as well as an ATV tour.
Should I Stay at Mahogany Bay While in Port in Isla Roatan?
If you choose to stay at the port while you’re docked in Roatan, you will find plenty of entertainment. However, you will not actually see the island of Roatan at all. The port is quite isolated so there is nowhere to walk from there to get a better feel for the local culture.
If you want to really see the island, you will have to book a shore excursion, or arrange your own adventure for the day. There are countless opportunities for adventure, with these options being some of our favorites. The drive from Mahogany Bay to the popular areas of West End and West Bay is about 30 minutes, so be sure to account for that in your itinerary.
The Ins and Outs of Mahogany Bay
Once you disembark at Mahogany Bay, you will walk along the pier, through the Dufry Store, and uphill to the main shopping area. There is a local marketplace to the far left, while the chairlift and path to the beach and restaurants are to the far right. Diagonally to the left from the central fountain is a red-roofed building – that is your exit point from the port.
If you take a shore excursion or arrange for your own taxi transportation through the sanctioned taxi association at the port, you will exit through that building. To meet any other tours or transportation pick-ups, you will exit that building, walk to the left uphill, and at the bottom on the other side you will find all other tour options. These are tour companies or individuals who do not have contracts with the cruise lines, so they are not allowed onto the pier. Most SCUBA divers will be picked up from this area, as well as island tour companies that work with smaller groups.