Best Of Barbados
Your first stop on this unforgettable Best of Barbados tour will be the spectacular East Coast, considered the most scenic side of Barbados. Famous for its rugged beauty, Atlantic rollers break on large rocks at sea to form beautiful mist and foam. After a short drive to see breathtaking views on this Barbados excursion, you will make your way to the Welchman Hall Gully for a glimpse of those mischievous Barbados green tail monkeys.
The Welchman Hall Gully offers the unique opportunity to stroll freely while watching the animals at close range and in their own natural environment. The monkeys are wild, so sightings cannot be guaranteed, but monkeys are seen on most tours. A rare sight outside of West Africa, the Barbados green monkey is responsible for 70% of the world's polio vaccine. These charming, funny and fascinating animals will be a highlight of your Barbados shore excursion.
Then it's off to Harrison's Cave, one of the island's incredible highlights. You will board electrically operated trams that take you through the extensive cavern system, while guides fill you in on their history. The caves are a true natural phenomenon. An amazing gallery of stalactites hangs from the roof of the cave, stalagmites reach up from the ground; emerald pools and pillars formed where the stalactites and stalagmites joined over thousands of years. The dramatic lighting will very much enhance your visit.
For the second part of your day, you'll spend the afternoon at Pirate's Cove, where you have lunch and enjoy the flavor of Barbados with local cuisine. After lunch, you will take a glass bottom boat trip to swim with the turtles. While wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed, turtles are seen on most trips on this snorkeling tour. The boat is equipped with a bar, bathrooms, and a fun waterslide. Then enjoy free time at the beach, including a beach lounger and umbrella, a complimentary drink, and use of the washrooms and freshwater shower. Please be sure to wear your swimsuits and bring a beach towel for this excursion. After your beach time, you will return to Bridgetown.
Please Note: The boat is boarded by wading out and climbing on board via the boat's ladder. There is no dock. In the event that there are high seas and the boat trip is not available, or a guest is not comfortable with sea conditions, they may opt out of the boat portion before boarding the boat, and receive a refund of $15 US for the boat portion only.
We loved this day. It had lots of adventure. Quamee was great. It was relaxing. No worries. Quamee took care of everything. Lunch was great. The beach was beautiful. And the two guys who took us out to swim with the turtles were super fun! Loved the small group size.
Went on the 7 hour tour in early December while on the Norwegian breakaway cruise. Quamee was an informative and fun tour guide. Went to Welchman hall gulley, Harrison's cave, then after lunch waded thru waist high water for a quick boat ride to swim with turtles. Lunch was delicious fish at a beach area. Also got a tour around the island in air conditioned van. Arrived in port 8am /Tour met at 8:30 /got back to ship in plenty of time/all aboard was 4:30 and left port at 5:00. This tour covered more spots and was cheaper than those on board the ship. Will use them again for sure.
Reviewer: Allison McFarland
Even though we got a late start, the day was wonderful. Our guide/driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot about the island, and culture. Very enjoyable day! Would highly recommend this tour.
We had my whole family with us and they all enjoyed our experience. Great enthusiastic tour guides
We really enjoyed this tour. The caves, the wildlife reserve and swimming with the turtles were a great combo. lunch was okay, nothing exotic or extravagant - as they say in Australia ""it filled the hole"". only real complaint was that lunch was served at 11:30 AM, a little early for my taste.