Experience some of the natural wonders of this lush green island. Harrison's cave is guaranteed to be the Barbados excursion of a lifetime. At the cave 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.
You will then drive towards the center of the island for your next stop on this Barbados tour, 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.
After lunch, it is off to your last stop, the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, for a glimpse of those mischievous Barbados green tail monkeys. The Reserve, located in a wood full of mahogany trees, offers the unique opportunity to stroll freely while watching the animals at close range and in their own natural environment. A rare sight outside of West Africa, the Barbados Green Monkey is responsible for 70% of the Worlds Polio Vaccine. These charming, funny and fascinating animals will be a highlight of your day. The Reserve is also home to colorful parrots, flamingos, peacocks, brown pelicans and sparrows. Reptile lovers will appreciate the enclosed collection of snakes, iguanas, turtles, tortoises and caiman. You will then drive back to the pier in Bridgetown.
Overall this tour was very well done. Our lunch with the option of flying fish or chicken was good. We began our day at Harrison's Cave which is beautiful, and not to be missed, but the Staff seemed a little disorganized getting our tour of the cave started.
Reviewer: Linda Fisher
I book all my cruise shore excursions with private companies as opposed to the cruise ship. The price is always far more reasonable and service better. After much research I chose shore excursions group/ natural wonders for my Barbados tour. I could not have made a better decision. It was a perfect day. The tour was composed of 4 others and myself and we went to Harrison's cave( really beautiful) the flower forest Bathsheba had a delicious lunch!!! and finished the day at the Barbados wildlife reserve. We were there at feeding time and it was a blast. We started off the day a little unorganized / running pretty late with no apologies/ no explanation ( and made me question my choice???) but once we got going... as I said... perfect day. Great guide/ new clean well maintained van / organized tour ...once we got going!!! I had a wonderful time.. will definitely use the company when in Barbados 1/2018. Really worth the $$!
We really enjoyed this excursion since it felt like we got to see the island, the tourist spots, and some local highlights all in one. Harrison's Cave was unique and riding the tram was a nice way to see it. The Flower Forest was beautiful, peaceful and it felt like we were the only people there. Eating at the local restaurant was cool and the portions were large. The excursion was timed perfectly to get to the Wildlife Reserve during feeding time so we were able to observe all of the animals together. It was amazing to see the mama monkeys with their babies! Our favorites were the tortoises. There were so many that they'd walk over your feet/shoes if you stayed in place for awhile. It rained at the Reserve while we were there but there was a sheltered area to use. Really a fabulous excursion.
Reviewer: Joy Bender
Ryan was our driver/guide. He explained sights as we went to first stop, Harrison Cave. Within cave, Hyacinth was our guide. She was a friendly lady with a great sense of humor. Really enjoyed our time here. After cave, our group decided to go to Flower Forest. This had lots of beautiful flowers. We were given a laminated chart with pics/descrip to help us identify the flwrs. At the end, we were offered fresh juice---try the mango-pineapple. Yummy! Ryan drove us to Bathsheba where we had about 20 min. for pics along the beach. Then we went to lunch. It was delicious! I had the fish (husband had the chicken) and it came with macaroni pie, green salad, potato salad, and drink. We went by a sugar mill and to Cherry Top Hill. After this, we went to the wildlife preserve. Ryan got us there in time for the feeding-2 pm. We saw lots of monkeys, turtles, deer, etc. Ryan got us back to our boat with time to spare. Ryan was a friendly guide, and we really enjoyed this excursion!
Tour gave us a little bit of everything in which we were interested.