We were there from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Not much time to do anything and we went to town to shop for a bit. We fell victim to the $16 Bahama Momma Yard at Senor Frogs (we knew we drank something afterwards), but it was good. With the limited time, I would stay on the ship the next time.
Great place to catch up on emails and phone calls if you live in the USA. We went to Emerald Beach (Lindbergh Bay) for a relaxing day. It was quiet, quaint, and very pretty. Not enough action for the five guys and I wish I would chosen Coki Beach (more action). The one good thing about Emerald was the proximity to the ship. We saw SEVERAL crewmembers hanging out there and the cab ride per person was $4 each way. We had a taxi for the 10 of us and the cabbie pulled over to a grocery store right by the ship and we picked up two styro coolers and some beer. This came in handy. We rented some floating mats for the bay and they were awesome. Tony (rental guy) at the Best Western was great. Oasis has their own dock and the cab line is efficient.
We chose to go in a cab to Pinel Island (about 10 minutes past Orient Beach and there was no nudity, which was a plus). The island was a grand slam. Leave the ship, no later than 8:45 (takes about 30 minutes in a cab), to insure you get to the island before the first ferry ride ($7 pp-roundtrip) at 10:00 am. The ferry runs every hour unless they need to make a run on the half hour. Some of us took the kayak over for $10 pp, but I would take the ferry next time. I will go back to this port in my lifetime because this place was PARADISE. Bring some crocs or shoes and walk to the other side of the island (awesome); it only takes 10 minutes to get to the other side. The food was outstanding and the service on the beach was awesome. It is not cheap (10 people with beers, 6 chairs, 3 umbrellas and lunch was right at $600, including tip). The cab fare for groups is much better than a cab for just two. Try to recruit some people going there at the cab line; this will help reduce the costs. This was a high point on the trip.