A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Roatan vs. Isla de Ometepe for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Roatan or Isla de Ometepe?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Roatan and Isla de Ometepe. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Roatan or Isla de Ometepe?


Your next great vacation lies just thirty miles off the north coast of Honduras. Right above the world's largest coral reef is the island of Roatan. As a popular tourist attraction and standard cruise destination, it's not uncommon to see tons of Americans during your trip. In fact, the cruising industry has had huge impact on the island's culture. While ships are in port, traffic will be heavier and prices may go up. Because of the growth of tourism, most locals speak both Spanish and English.

Isla de Ometepe

Ometepe is a dramatically beautiful island in Lake Nicaragua in the country of Nicaragua. The island is the largest in the lake and is formed by two dramatic twin volcanoes that climb high from the water's surface. The two volcanoes are Concepcion and Maderas, and they are joined by an isthmus to make one island with an area of 276 square kilometers. The island is 31 kilometers long and between 5 and 10 kilometers wide. There are several small settlements on the island as well as a few coffee plantations. It is also one of the top sights in the country and makes for a unique travel destination.

Which place is cheaper, Isla de Ometepe or Roatan?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Roatan is $38, while the average daily cost in Isla de Ometepe is $34. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Roatan and Isla de Ometepe in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Roatan $11
    Isla de Ometepe $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Roatan $22
    Isla de Ometepe $26
Compare Hotels in Roatan and Isla de Ometepe

Looking for a hotel in Roatan or Isla de Ometepe? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Roatan

Hotels in Isla de Ometepe

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Roatan Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Roatan $19
    Isla de Ometepe $11
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Roatan

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Roatan are as follows:

  • Water Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Roatan

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Roatan:

  • Transfers to West End by night from hotels in West Bay or Sandy Bay: $15
  • Roatan Island hotels to Mahogany Bay Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $39
  • Mahogany Bay Cruise Port to Roatan Island hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $39
  • Honduras Airport(RTB) to Honduras -Arrival Private Transfer: $39
  • Honduras to Honduras Airport (RTB)-Departure Private Transfer: $39
  • Mahogany Bay Cruise Port to Roatan - Arrival Private Transfer: $39
  • Roatan to Mahogany Bay Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $39
  • Round trip transfers from airport or ferry to hotel: $40
  • Catch a ride to West End & back to Port, Hotel or Airport (Roundtrip Transfer): $55
  • AJ's Sloth & Monkeys Family Excursion, City Tour & Private Transfer: $57
  • Roatan Private Sloths, Monkeys, Birds Encounters, City Tour and Transfer: $60
  • Roatan Sun & Fun, Sloths & Monkeys, Beach & Private Transfer: $63

Is it cheaper to fly into Roatan or Isla de Ometepe?

Prices for flights to both Isla de Ometepe and Roatan change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Roatan $9.43
    Isla de Ometepe $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Roatan

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Roatan.

  • Tiki Boat Sunset Cruise in Roatan with Snorkeling and Dinner : $100
  • Cooking classes from a Local!: $200

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Roatan $27
    Isla de Ometepe $13

Tours and Activities in Roatan

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Roatan are as follows:

  • Organized trips and adventures: $26
  • Shore Excursion: Roatan Private VIP Customizable Island Tour: $35
  • Roatan Fun Bus Group Sightseeing Island Private Tour: $37
  • Guided Tour to Discover Roatán Starting from the Center: $40
  • Roatan Island Tour & Beach Break: $40
  • West Side Tour - Chocolate Factory Rum Factory Views Shoppinga and Sunsets: $40
  • 4-to-5 Hour Cruise Ship Tour, Monkeys/Sloths & West Bay Resort: $40
  • Half Day Roatan Sightseeing and Jungle Island Tour: $41
  • Eco-Walk Nature Tour: $41
  • Private Tour in Roatan with Pick Up: $44
  • Roatan Island Westside Tour: $44
  • Roatan VIP Free-Style Private Tour: $45

Tours and Activities in Isla de Ometepe

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Isla de Ometepe are as follows:

  • A great tour day for the ISLAND OF OMETEPE.: $80

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Roatan $7.08
    Isla de Ometepe $8.85

Sample the Local Flavors in Roatan

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Roatan:

  • Half-Day Tour in Roatan With Brewery, Rum and Chocolate Factories visit: $46
  • Bar Crawl Tour in West End Village by Pedibike- Let the Good Times Roll: $80

When comparing the travel costs between Roatan and Isla de Ometepe, we can see that Roatan is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Central America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Roatan Expensive? and Is Isla de Ometepe Expensive?.