I'm sailing with Royal Caribbean at the end of March and we're stopping in Roatan. I'm looking for a shore excursion (booked independently of the ship or through the ship, doesn't matter to me) that DOES NOT include a sloth sanctuary. I was shocked that these "sanctuaries" allow people to hold sloths, which is a form of animal cruelty. Human interactions in this way is extremely stressful to the animals and lowers their life spans. Even though they seem to be called "sanctuaries", if they allow people to hug or hold the animals, it couldn't be farther from being an actual sanctuary and not just a way to profit from animals.
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ANYWAY, now that I'm past the shock of how popular these kinds of tours are, I'm having a difficult time finding tours that don't have a visit to the sloth sanctuary incorporated into them in some way! Can anyone recommend a snorkeling tour or any kind of other tour that doesn't involve a visit to the sloths as part of the trip? If you have a company that you can personally recommend, that would be wonderful!
Thanks in advance!!!