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The most popular (and affordable) way to get to Roatán and Utila is by ferry. Boats head out twice daily from the Muelle de Cabotaje in La Ceiba, with two return trips from the islands.
The MV Galaxy Wave makes the trip to Roatán in 90 minutes and has comfortable seats, a snack bar, and a first-class level upstairs. The Utila Princess II takes an hour to make the voyage and is a smaller boat with wood benches and powerful air-conditioning. Ferry rides are subject to cancellation if the weather is bad or the waters are choppy. Stewards walk around with plastic bags for the faint of stomach.
Ferries to Guanaja no longer operate, although the Bolea Express, a private speedboat, can be chartered to and from Trujillo. Call ahead to make a reservation and set a price.
MV Galaxy Wave Muelle de Cabotaje, La Ceiba. 443–4633. www.safewaymaritime.com. $28 one way, $54 round-trip. Daily 9:30 am and 4:30 pm from La Ceiba, and 7 am and pm from Roatán. Ferry Terminal, Roatán. 445–1795.
Utila Princess II Muelle de Cabotaje, La Ceiba. 408–5163. $22 one way. No credit cards. Daily 9:30 am and 4:00 pm from La Ceiba, and 6:20 am and 2 pm from Utila). Utila Municipal Dock, Utila. 425–3390.
Bolea Express Zapata dock in Bonnaca Town, Guanaja. 9944–8571. No credit cards. From Guanaja, Mon. and Fri. at 9 am.