Snorkel and Rum Tasting
Escape the crowds as you snorkel and relax at a small, intimate Grand Turk resort offering beach, bars, water activities, and the best restaurant on the island. After taking a taxi from the port area, you will arrive and be welcomed as a guest.
At check-in, the staff will schedule your snorkel departure. There are hammocks under palm trees, an uncrowded beach to comb, and a small beach bar where you can purchase a fruit punch or just sit and let the world melt away.
At the appointed time, you will meet your snorkeling boat at water's edge and head out in your small group, usually fewer than eight, to the famous Grand Turk Wall, 300 yards directly off the beach. Total time for the boat snorkel is approximately one hour. You will have the chance to see colorful sponges, coral, an abundance of tropical fish, and you may even catch sight of an eagle ray, stingray, turtle or dolphin. Your snorkeling gear is included.
In addition to snorkeling, your Grand Turk excursion also includes a tasting of the local Bambarra rums. The rum takes its name from the home of the African settlers who were delivered on the local shores aboard the wrecked slave trader Trouvadore in 1841. You will sample the a light rum, amber rum, including information of how to taste / appreciate these smoothly blended sugar cane rums. You will finish your tasting with a reserve rum that is a select blend of Caribbean rums aged in American oak barrels. After your tasting, you will be treated to a cocktail made with the rum you liked best from the tasting.
As this special site is not designed for crowds, there is a maximum number of spaces available each day for this Grand Turk shore excursion. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Tour duration is up to guest's discretion based on when they arrive and depart. It is the guest's responsibility to return to their ship by the ship's posted all aboard time.
We couldn't snorkel because of the weather, and Ginny the owner graciously refunded that portion. The beach was beautiful. We did taste the rum, however, which was nice. The RUM PUNCH was OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD! Order a glass or Rosie's Rum Punch.
Reviewer: Bob Burgelin
What a beautiful spot! Quiet beachside family owned resort, away from the crowds. We snorkled the reef with a total of 6 in our boat then returned to an informative rum tasting by the owner, followed by an included drink made with our favorite rum. Afterwards we relaxed on the quiet beach before returning to our ship. So UNLIKE your typical snorkling experience sold onboard the ship and cost about $20 LESS than cruiseship prices! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a totally chill day in Grand Turk!! We will do it again next time we return.
Reviewer: Crystal Brokaw
Grand Turk is 7 miles long and not very developed past the port. We took a taxi for ~$20 to the other end of the island to a small family-owned hotel with ~17 rooms, a bar, a small swimming pool, and a small boat. Snorkel equipment was in good repair and we shared the boat with one other couple. The reef was beautiful and full of life (the weather was a little overcast, but it was still enjoyable). Then we went back to a small bar where we sampled three different rums from the Turks and the bartender made us each a rum drink of choice. Lunch is not included but I hear the food was very good, if a little pricey. They gave us chairs on the beautiful sandy beach and we enjoyed the waves and a beer or two before we made our way back to the ship. There are donkeys roaming wild on the island! :) If you're looking for an opulent, fancy experience, this is not your excursion, but we found it private, personal, and enjoyable.
Reviewer: Ashley Kilcrease
WOW-what an experience. The water & snorkeling is beyond belief. The facilities, staff, beach, service were all top notch. We enjoyed a day of snorkeling off the boat at the wall, incredible snorkeling off the beach as well, relaxation, and rum tasting. Would definitely recommend & do again.
OMG we had such an amazing day. The snorkeling was so surreal, the fish came so close to your hands. The wall was something you don’t see everyday. The rum tasting was the best. I had no idea how strong rum could be. The private beach with the animals I would go again.