The best way to get to the island of Roatan from the mainland is by using the ferry. Safe Way Maritime offers a ferry service that transfers both passengers and cargo from the port city of La Ceiba to Roatan. Travelers will be happy to hear that a ferry transfer to Roatan is the safest way to travel and is cheaper than flights from the mainland to the island.
La Ceiba Ferry Terminal
Located at the main port of Muelle de Cabotaje port, La Ceiba ferry terminal is just a short ride from the Hedman Alas bus station and within walking distance from downtown La Ceiba. Keep in mind that two different ferry terminals are at the same location. In case you are uncertain which ferry to take, feel free to ask someone from the port staff.
The Galaxy Wave
The Galaxy Wave catamaran offers comfort and safety for its travelers and ensures that the transportation between La Ceiba and Roatan departs and arrives on time. The whole trip lasts for 70-75 minutes and along the way, passengers will sail across the beautiful Caribbean blue waters and above one of the largest coral reef systems in the world. Those who are lucky will have a chance to see groups of whales or dolphins during the ferry ride. Traveling to Roatan by water is definitely an experience worth having.
La Ceiba ferry departs two times a day. The first departure is at 9:30 am while the second one is at 4:30. There are also two daily departures from Roatan to the mainland. One is at 7:00 am and the other one is at 2:00 pm. It is recommended to check-in at least one hour before departure.
Adults who wish to buy a round-trip ticket need to pay $65 for regular tickets. First class tickets cost $75. A round-trip ferry ticket for seniors costs $49, while the ticket for children at the age from 5 to 10 costs $33. Children who are less than 4 years old get to ride on a ferry for free. One way ticket for a ferry ride on the Galaxy Wave costs $33 for adults, while seniors will have to spend $25.
You don’t need to pay much for ferry transportation from the island to La Ceiba or from the mainland to Roatan, especially if you are traveling in groups. Galaxy Wave Ferry offers discounts for groups that want to purchase 25 or more tickets. Keep in mind that these discounts are only available for groups that have round-trip tickets.