Really neat way to see the coral reef without snorkelling or scuba diving. It felt really long though. The tour guide was really nice and the boat was safe. Just too long for not seeing an overabundance of sea life. We heard from some other people that there was an amazing beach just a 10min walk from the dock and there was lots of sea life there.
We came back from the city tour and took a tour to red-stripe beach. Arrived at a gate, drove on a bumpy road made through a swamp!!, and came to the beach. One place to eat that served two food options. Washrooms and change rooms were ok. Had to pay $5 per beach chair. There were roots from weeds coming up all over the place. It was definitely just made for the cruise ships (and they'll tell you that). Looks kind of like the hacked down some trees, put up a couple of buildings and called it a beach. The water was amazing but the beach was small.
We did the tour first. It was nice and quick but our boys (10 & 8) were not that thrilled. A nice overview of the island and history. We were going to go out on our own but when you see how gated and secure the port is, with a whole bunch of people standing on the other side of the gate waiting to get your business, it gets a little intimidating for a first timer.
Our tour guide was amazing! The trip there and back he explained enough about the island to give us a quick overview. The turtle farm was neat. Seeing all the turtles at different ages. There are small wading pools you can walk into where little ones are swimming and you can pick them up. There is also a pool there with waterslides to go on and another side where it's a mock beach and you can snorkel with some sea life (great way for our 8year old to experience snorkelling.)
It was ok. Rocky beach, pushy vendors & beach chair movers. It was our first port on our first cruise so I wasn't sure what to expect. Got a little confused coming off the ship as to where to go. The water was beautiful and the island looked incredible. Seemed to have a lot of options of what to do. Food was provided by RCC so it was good. Washrooms were clean. Looking back after going to the other ports, it was pretty good.