Roatan: Mayan Princess

Welcome to Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort Kids Sea Camp vacation

Mayan Princess is a wonderful resort on the Honduran island of Roatan.  Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands, and one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Privileged by its location along the Mesoamerican Reef, this 77km-long island is known for its beautiful white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, breathtaking sunsets, and to divers from all over the world who come to explore the treasures buried beneath the sea.

2019 weeks: July 6th to July 13th  

Our vacation packages include 7-nights stay in your choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villas. All meals, snacks, and beverages are included. Dive package for the kids includes dive gear, private boat, private dive instructors and private training.  We offer packages for kids age 4-18 and adult family members. Kids Sea Camp Roatan includes Zip-lining, kayaking, learning about marine life and Roatan.

Welcome to Roatan- Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort family dive vacation 

Soak up the sun and relax on pure white sands with swaying palm trees and clear turquoise waters located on Roatan’s world-famed West Bay Beach. Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort offers spacious and luxurious interiors, enjoy beach & poolside canopied lounging, experience world-class snorkeling and diving on the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, and indulge in fine dining at 4 restaurants with á la carte & buffet style menus, as well as unlimited premium drinks including domestic & international liquors, beers & wines and take in daily entertainment with live music and cultural shows.

This family adventure is one you do not want to miss! The local marine park has refreshed this area and the marine life is healthy and thriving. The water is warm, the viz is clear and marine life abundant. Even the non-divers can have fun with yoga, nature walks with a guide, guided kayaking, snorkeling and spa relaxation. Everyone in the family has a place at Kids Sea Camp at Mayan Princess. 

If you cannot make the dates for this event, allow us to book your family's individual customized vacation at another time that fits your schedule. 

The Mayan Princess package

  • 7 nights oceanfront or garden accommodations
  • 6 days of diving w/ Mayan Divers- 2-tank in morning, 1-tank in the afternoon w/ family
  • All-inclusive meals, snacks, and beverages
  • PADI SASY program: 6 mornings of activities from 8 am -1 pm daily. SASY kids to keep fins, mask and snorkel
  • PADI SEAL TEAM: 6 mornings of activities from 8am-1pm daily includes all 5 aqua missions. SEAL kids to keep fins, mask and snorkel
  • PADI Open Water: All dives needed for certification (eLearning is not included.  For eLearning, you will have to pay PADI directly.  The link will be sent to you 4 weeks before departure to be completed prior to arrival.)
  • Optional additional specialty certifications that can be arranged are: Digital photo course or AOW with eLearning completed prior to arrival (eLearning is not included)
  • Gumbalimba Park
  • Private meals
  • Welcome party opening
  • Karaoke night
  • Local speakers and presentations on Roatan
  • Free digital SeaLife underwater cameras to use during the week
  • Poetry presentation and closing celebration on Friday
  • Live music
  • Guided kayaking
  • Kids Sea Camp tote bags, t-shirts, flap straps and other giveaways (giveaways vary from sponsors)
  • All kids dive rental gear, and course materials are included, with private instructors.
  • PADI eLearning required for Jr. Open Water (not included).
  • Non-divers: yoga, nature walk with a guide, guided kayaking snorkeling, and spa relaxation.

Once you arrive on island

This is a general sample schedule that will change depending on the weather, courses offered, and location. Other activities and courses and detail will be provided on a final schedule included with your trip documents.  This schedule is also subject to changes on island.

  • Saturday: Arrival day and orientation
  • Sunday: 3 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW  training
  • Monday: 3 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW  training
  • Tuesday: 3 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW  training
  • Wednesday: 3 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW diving and Pizza Movie night
  • Thursday: 3 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW diving
  • Friday: Family dive day and closing feast and celebration, and slide presentation.
  • Saturday: Travel day — back to reality!

Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

Mayan’s incredible location offers the perfect setting for meaningful gatherings. While there is an exciting beach front, there is also relaxing and quiet tropical garden rooms available to our Kids Sea Camp families. Family's have the options of 1 Bedrooms to Suite's that accommodate up to 6 people.

Here are the rates for the Spring break and the summer weeks at the Mayan Princess in 2019.

Room TypeDiver rateNon-diver
1 adults in a 2 bedroom Jr. Suites$3,275$3,075
1 adult in 1-bedroom Oceanfront$3,260$3,100
2 adults in a Two bedroom Jr. Suites$2,800$2,675
2 adults in a 1 bedroom garden/pool suite$2,500$2,320
2 adults in a 1-bedroom Ocean front$2,875$2,675
2 adults in a 2-bedroom Oceanfront$3,360$3,160
2 adults in a hotel room$1,950$1,750
Sasy (Ages 4-7)$1,175
Seal Team (Ages 8-9)$1,650
JOW program (Ages 10-17)$1,650
Diving kids (Ages 10-17)$1,750

Diving with Mayan Divers

Mayan Divers is a PADI 5-star dive shop located on the same property as Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort. The location offers the best diving as it is in front of the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere - the Mesoamerican Reef. During the Kids Sea Camp week, KSC will be adding out team of PADI Pro's to the team at Mayan Divers to provide you a safe, fun and adventure filled scuba vacation for your whole family.

Enjoy stunning underwater views and be captivated by more than 850 marine species will create one of the best family diving experiences. From turtles, stingrays, to possible whale sharks, this exotic reef filled with a variety of colorful hard and soft corals, sea fans, sponges, and more will make this family adventure a lasting memory. The reef itself begins just minutes from shore, with plateaus at 10ft, 20ft, and 45ft and then the fantastic wall that drops away in places to over 2000+ feet. The crystal clear waters, warm weather, and weak currents make up the perfect conditions for any diver, at any level.


Dive Training

  • PADI SASY program: 6 mornings of activities from 8 am -1 pm daily. SASY kids keep fins, mask, and snorkel.
  • PADI SEAL TEAM: 6 mornings of activities from 8am-1pm daily includes all 5 aqua missions. SEAL kids keep fins, mask, and snorkel.
  • PADI Open WaterAll dives needed for certification (eLearning is not included.  For eLearning, you will have to pay PADI directly.  The link will be sent to you 4 weeks before departure to be completed prior to arrival.)
  • PADI Dive Master course: RSVP 14 DAYS REQUIRED $675 add-on to package price/Contact Margo 803.419.2556 for more information. PADI C Card, E: learning and Crew Pack included
  • PADI Dive Rescue Diver: RSVP $175 add-on to package price/Contact Margo 803.419.2556 for more information.PADI C Card, E: learning and Crew Pack included.
  • AOW (PADI): PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. eLearning needs to be completed before arrival (eLearning is not included) and young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor. If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. Here are the seven of the most popular Adventures Dives – including the required Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, plus Boat, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist and Wreck Adventure Dives.

See more about Kids Sea Camp dive training


Best dives in Roatan

Dolphin Den: This site offers a cave-like swim through that takes you from one side of the reef to the other side. It takes a winding path through a cavern-like underwater maze, yet it’s simple enough to be a comfortable dive for all levels at only 15 to 40 feet. There are lots of sea life like eels and silversides. The dive site gets its name from a tragic incident where many dolphins became disoriented in a cave and perished.

The Sponges: This site offers a wall that starts at 15 feet and drops off from 60 to 130 feet, with views of unbelievable corals, sponges, and elkhorn corals at the safety stop. Often visited by turtles, eagle rays, and nurse sharks. The Labyrinth Dotted with towering rock formations and canyons, this dive has something for all levels of divers. Starting at about 15 feet and sloping down to 60 feet, divers will find exciting swim-throughs, lots of corals and schooling fish.

Odyssey Wreck: This is known as Roatan’s largest underwater wreck, and sits in 110 feet of water. The center section has collapsed, but the bow is upright and offers exciting views of the rest of the ship, the surrounding reef wall and a nice flat sand patch next to the wreck.

Prince Albert Wreck: A 140-foot island freighter that sunk in 1987, the Prince Albert remains relatively intact and its large hull is home to many species of fish life. It offers reasonably easy penetration without lights and sits in about 85 feet of water on a sandy bottom. There is also a DC-3 airplane wreck nearby.

Mary’s Place: Probably one of the most dived sites in Roatan, diving at Mary’s Place is now regulated, and only one dive per diver at this site can be done each day. Created by prehistoric volcanic activity, a huge fissure was formed in the reef, allowing the steep walls to make a coral and sponge-filled labyrinth at more than 100 feet deep. Here you’ll see rare black corals and delicate sea fans.

Pat’s Place: The mooring for this dive is in a sandy patch at about 15 feet, but most of this dive is at deeper depths from 50 to 100 feet with canyons and fissures through the steep walls. There are a narrow swim-through and fantastic fan corals and schools of reef fish.

Shark Dive: If you want to be assured you’ll see sharks in the wild, there is one place in Roatan to find them on a regular basis. The Shark Dive is led by a team of shark divers who feed them while the rest of the dive group remains on the sandy floor at about 70 feet looking up at the action above.

Spooky Channel: The dive isn’t as scary as it is eerie. A better dive for the experienced diver, the channel is a 10-story deep underwater crevasse where you enter an underwater grotto at 60 feet. Here, the natural light slowly recedes, and you find the walls getting closer and closer. After you explore the main chamber at about 95 feet, you’ll discover pillar-filled swim-through that will lead you out to the safety stop.

Morat Wall (Barbareta Wall): Slightly out of the way from most dive operations, this drift dive follows a three-mile-long offshore reef that’s full of sponges, Elkhorn, staghorn, brain and star corals not seen in such numbers on other dives. Along the wall, there is an excellent chance to see nurse sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, and tarpon.

Family dining

Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort offers many family friendly options at their 3 restaurants. Below you will find these restaurants, bars and details on the food offered. If nothing interests you, don't worry, at a simple request whatever you want to eat, you can have! Kids Sea Camp understands that children can sometimes be picky (parents too, and that's okay!) 

Buffet Restaurant Balam

  • Breakfast 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Lunch 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Dinner 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Buffet Theme Nights

  • Monday Asian
  • Tuesday Mexican
  • Wednesday Italian
  • Thursday Thai
  • Friday Seafood
  • Saturday Honduran
  • Sunday Barbecue

A La Cart Restaurants

The Beach Club San Simon

  • American-Caribbean Cuisine
  • Open every day 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Maximum of 50 people per night

Calketts

  • International Cuisine
  • Open every day 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Maximum of 20 people per night

Luna Maya

  • Fine dining
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Maximum of 30 people per night
  • *All Dinner reservations should be made on the same day by 2:00 PM*

Bars

  • Calketts at Mayan
  • Open every day 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM
  • The Beach Club
  • Open every day 10:00 AM  to 10:00 PM

Las Sirenas Bar

  • Open Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday to Sunday 8:0 AM to 10:00 PM

Flying to Roatan

Atlanta and Houston are great hubs for Roatan. Roatan is the largest and most populated of the Bay Islands. The airport code is RTB. The only international airport for the islands is located here and services direct flights on weekends from Houston to United and Atlanta with Delta.

Taca and American occasionally fly in from Miami during the high season, but each year is different. Regional jets and small charters arrive from the mainland daily, as well as ferries and private boats from the other islands and the mainland city of La Ceiba.

A passport is required and it must have a minimum of 6 months of valid travel left on it from the day that you depart for Honduras. Please call us for any questions about flights 803.419.2556

Roatan packing list 

Part of an enjoyable and relaxing vacation is making sure you’re well prepared. Kids Sea Camp has put together this list to help you plan your trip and ensure you remember all the essentials.

  • Valid Passport. Citizens of the USA and Canada do not need a visa to visit Honduras. Be sure and bring a copy of your passport in case yours is lost while traveling.
  • Passports must have a minimum of 6 months validity prior to your passport’s expiration date.
  • U.S. dollars in small denomination bills, or Honduran lempiras (local currency). U.S. dollars are accepted nearly everywhere in Honduras. Approximately 22.00 Lempiras to 1.00 US dollar.
  • Embassy Contact Information The USA Embassy in Tegucigalpa can be reached via telephone at 011 504 2236-9320 or via email at usahonduras@state.gov
  • Prescription medications and copies of your prescriptions.
  • Emergency contact information for your family, your physician, your embassy in Honduras, Mayan Princess, and the airlines you will be using.
  • Credit card(s) are useful in an emergency but are not accepted everywhere for purchases. International fees may apply.
  • Diving certification card from PADI or equivalent.
  • Dive gear including mask, snorkel, fins, etc.
  • Swimsuits – at least two.
  • Clothing made from lightweight cotton, a light rain jacket, walking shoes, sandals, t-shirts, shorts, at least one pair of pants and a long-sleeved shirt, a hat for sun protection and sunglasses.
  • Personal items such as toiletries, medications, and copies of any prescriptions you may need.
  • Lotions including sunscreen (and plenty of it), mosquito repellent containing 20% DEET.

Please note: Bugs can be a problem as with any Caribbean island. However, with proper protection, this is rarely an issue in the West End area with its cool sea breezes. We sell and provide a product call cactus juice which is organic and used throughout the islands. It is a product that our staff at Kids Sea Camp use and standby. After traveling to Roatan and Honduras for now 20 years, we have not once contracted a single illness. Margo who has traveled the world for the past 30 years also swears by Vitamin B. It kicks out a smell from the skin that in most people repels the bugs.

Resort contacts: Phone: (011) 504-9991-6412  or email: frontdesk@mayanprincess.com

There is a pre-check available to make customs easier when arriving in Roatan. 

  • At the link below you will be sent to the pre-check website for migration. The website is in Spanish, so we recommend Click Sign Up underneath the Log In the section to create an account.
  • Create log in with your email and desired password.
  • You will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to activate your account.
  • After you activate the account you can then Log in.
  • Once you are logged in, in the top left-hand corner will be a tab that says “Pre-Chequer” click that tab.
  • Fill out the questions on details of travel arrival, departure, etc. For foreseen address in this country, you can write “West Bay, Honduras.”
  • Continue through the questions on the next couple pages.
  • At the end, you will be confirmed for pre-check and ready to go!

Pre-Check Link

PASSPORTS & DOCUMENTATION:

All travelers must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket to travel out of the USA. Travelers must have a passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of entry to any foreign country.

It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper documentation to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Please check with the appropriate consulate as well as your chosen airline carrier to ensure you have the proper documentation. Always check your passport and visa requirements. US citizens may go to the US Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov for more information. The website also has information for consulates by country to assist with requirements.

There are special requirements for children leaving the US and many countries have adopted special requirements for the protection of children. If you are traveling with a child that is not your own, a single parent with a child, a child with a different last name, or traveling without both natural parents of the child, you will require documentation proving your right to travel with children. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country and visit the immigration site of the country you are traveling to for the requirements. Kids Sea Camp Reservation Office and staff will not assume responsibility for passengers not having the correct documentation.

Other family activites:

  • Culinary classes
  • Horseback Riding: This unforgettable and varied tour begins with a horseback ride to visit the ironshore - the coral reef that emerged from the ocean centuries ago, which supports a unique eco-system of cacti, palms, orchids, air plants and the graceful Gumbalimba tree. Along the way, you will see a myriad of fruit trees - almond, cashew, banana, coconut, seagrape, guava, mango, papaya, to name a few. The ride continues with a stroll through the touristic village of West End located right at the water's edge, where the street is lined with all sorts of flowering shrubs - hibiscus, mandeville, bougainvillea, oleander. The tour culminates with a walk or trot (depending on your riding ability) over a long stretch of secluded beach, with palms and pines on one hand and the crystal ocean on the other. Keep your eyes open for lizards, iguanas, and birds such as parrots, albatross, pelicans, and woodpeckers. $60 per person (1 hour and 30 minutes)
  • Bartending classes (adults only)
  • Kayaking
  • Volleyball
  • Deep Sea Fishing: Charter your own boat with captain & crew to fish the deep seas of Roatan with
    professional grade rods, reels, fighting chair, lures and live bait. Fish for: Wahoo, Yellow fin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda, Shark, Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Sail Fish. $Prices will vary (4 ppl max)
  • Fly fishing: Flats fishing with all equipment for Permit, Bonefish is also available. $400, (Full day (2 ppl max)
  • Parasailing: Located in PARADISE West Bay on the gorgeous island of Roatan, parasailing is your unique opportunity to view this islands beauty from aloft. Parasail high above the Bay of Honduras and fill your senses with awe from 800 feet looking down upon our magnificent living reefs and flying eye level with peaked jungle draped mountains. With our experienced team, our advanced liftoff and landing technology and our impeccable safety record of over 20 years of accident-free flying give you the confidence to fully enjoy your adventure. $75 per person (20 minutes)
  • Zip line, Bat-Cave, and Iguana park
  • Water-Jet-pack
  • Karaoke