Banana Coast, Honduras -- the only new Caribbean cruise destination under construction -- unveiled the port’s initial shore excursions. The tours let guests explore the area by land, air and sea. In addition to the signature tour, “Campo del Mar Nature Park & Beach Break,” highlights include an airplane ride to the Mayan ruins at Copan; a zipline that runs through a lagoon, rainforest and over the beach; a snorkeling adventure at a starfish bank; and kayaking in Guaimoreto Lagoon. Other options include a mountain ATV ride, a culinary tasting tour or a trolley ride through the colonial town of Trujillo.
The $30 million Banana Coast project, led by Grande Trujillo Authoridad, Desarollos Vision de Vida and Miami-based Global Destinations Development, currently is in the site-work stage with dredging, marine works and site-fill under way. Plans call for construction of a two-berth, post-Panamax dock and a 50,000-square-foot shopping facility and transportation hub on 10 acres of beachfront land. Themed “Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea,” Banana Coast is in talks with several cruise lines and expects to accept its first cruise ship reservations for the 2013 season.