BIM is one of many nicknames used by locals for Barbados. Just BIM is a Barbados excursion like no other. Your Barbados tour begins at Harrisons Cave where you will board electric trams and travel through the winding tunnels viewing majestic caverns and the stalactites and stalagmites which have been growing in them for many centuries. Another special feature of the caves is its streams, waterfalls and pools. Harrison's cave is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.
You will then drive towards the center of the island for your next stop, which is your choice of either Hunte's Gardens or the Flower Forest. Located in a gully, Hunte's Gardens is a lush rainforest garden full of tropical plants, birds, and other wildlife. The many-tiered garden features a great variety of ambiances, from bright and open to deep, dark, and magical. The Flower Forest, a fifty acre botanical garden with an amazing array of plants and species in infinite shades of green interspersed by colors that only nature can produce. Exotic birds and local monkeys can often be spotted as well.
After the garden, continue on to the town of Bathsheba and the scenic East Coast well known for its rugged beauty. Atlantic rollers break on large rocks at sea to form beautiful mist and foam. After driving along a part of the East Coast, you will stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
Following lunch, you will make your way to your last stop, up Cherry Tree Hill, and on to St. Nicholas Abbey. It is likely the last remaining authentic house of the 17th Century that exists anywhere in the "New World". When this residence was built around 1658 of brick and limestone, many of the structures in the North America were made of timber, and have long since perished. The residence was built only 30 years after Barbados' settlement by the British in 1627, so it is of significant historical value to the island. The Plantation also has a small but very beautiful garden with large colorful hibiscus.
Please note: This tour does not visit St. Nicholas Abbey on Saturdays.
Reviewer: Kay Evans
This was an awesome tour - especially the stop at Harrisons Cave!! Our group was small and the guide was fantastic! We particularly enjoyed the botanical gardens with all the gorgeous varieties of flowers! The drive was interesting with lots of beautiful sites all around. We would take this tour again on our next visit to Barbados!
Reviewer: Susan Anderson
We enjoyed this tour of the caves and the animals in the park. It was great to see the feeding time and the antics of the monkeys, the deer and the tortoises.
Reviewer: EC, NY
On 01/17/16 our day started with the wonderful limestone cavern Harrisons Cave with all it stalagmites, stalactites, subterranean streams and waterfall (the host Hyacinth and the driver of the electric tram were so helpful). After stop for photo op at Cherry Tree Hill our guide Calvin took us to St. Nicholas Abbey (no religious connection), which is a Jacobean-style mansion built in 1658 and one of the oldest surviving plantations (with grounds that include museum, steam mill, garden and old sugar mill) - the only regret is that we didn't have to spend more time there. Calvin shared his pride of his homeland and the high percentage of literacy there. He was so kind and went above and beyond making a stop for us in front of the Parliament of Barbados and Nelson's Column.
We toured in a comfortable van with 8 people. Our guide, Ryan was knowledgeable and fun. Each of the highlights (Harrison's Cave, Flower Forest, Bathsheba and St Nicholas Abbey) were well worth the ticket price and provided a nice mixture of activities on this strikingly beautiful island. At St Nicholas Abbey we learned about making prized rum from growing and pressing sugar cane to tasting a very fine aged liquor. We saw just the home's main level only which was a bit disappointing. Bathsheba's beauty has created a lifelong memory. At time of purchase one couple had been mistakenly told there would be a stop at a pottery company. When they told Ryan of the mistake and how much it meant to them he arranged for a private driver to take them there from our last stop. Now that is service!
Reviewer: Just BIM
All six in our private tour group enjoyed this tour as it was very informative and fun. Was a good value in that it included all entrance fees and lunch.