St. Thomas was full of trash on the sidewalks and road. It was the only island on this trip like that. Our snorkel trip was to Honeymoon Beach on St. John Island on a catamaran. We had about 1 hour in the water and the rest a rum punch slow 2 hour ride back. There was too much waiting around and only one hour snorkeling for a 4 1/2 hour excursion was pitiful!
This place was one of the most beautiful places on the earth! The rainforest gardens are amazing, the tour of the resort was very educational. The caribe lunch with flying fish and tamarind juice was spectacular. The sulfur springs and complimentary rum punch were wonderful, too. We want to go back to Dominica...it was a beautiful island and pristine. The taxi cab ride was pretty expensive ($20 per person for 7 miles away).
We caught a taxi ($7 round trip per person) to spend a fabulous day at the 5 star Hilton resort. We were able to use everything...just as the regular guests...even wifi. All I can say is go to their website and you'll understand why it was such a treat. Finally a beach that you have always wanted to see in the Caribbean! The lunch, towels, plush beach chairs and umbrellas were all included. Snorkeling was impossible due to the waves. Was it worth $55? ABSOLUTELY!!!
We had already been to St Lucia before for a week and just wanted to snorkel. We went with a well known private tour group suggested by TA and CC (Spencer Ambrose Tours) Nice guy, but a tough tour to work out for cruisers. We couldn't even board his speedboat due to a large fishing boat tied at the only dock. St. Lucia needs to extend that dock for more business. After lots of screaming the big boat finally moved out so that we could get on our boat. Our snorkeling boat also had people on a hiking tour, resort tour, land tour and snorkeling tour. After our boat broke down and we coasted at slow speed for at least 45 minutes until we were rescued by another of his boats...then we had to drop off the other tours at Anse Chastenet and then Soufriere before finally arriving at the Jalousie Plantation. We were not allowed to use any of the resorts facilities unless we rented a $20 beach chair. The ones Spencer provided were fine, but we had planned on buying frozen drinks and getting a massage...which was impossible. The snorkeling was good. The lunch was tasty and consisted of a piece of BBQ chicken, curry spaghetti noodles, potato salad, rice, a 1/2 inch piece of fried plantain and a little piece of yam. Then we had to wait for all the other tours to be picked up before they came back for us. It was a very nice speed boat, but we only had time for snorkeling at Sugar Beach when the internet description promised Anse Chastenet also. We rushed back with all the various tour people and then were delayed by another large boat blocking our chance to dock. There was a line of three other boats behind us. We stressed out over missing the ship, but Spencer took care of us and yelled the other boat off the dock. If I were staying on the island...it would have been fine. Most of our group were in their fifties and got a bit tired of hearing the "Big Bamboo" song (a bit inappropriate) played at least 4-5 times! We did see some large row boats carrying folks to various snorkeling spots for $65, but the sea were too rough for those slow little boats full of people(like sardines). You feel safe in Spencer's nice boat. The tour may be totally different if the boat doesn't break down.
We arranged a beach break at the lovely Holland House on Great Bay. We paid $6 for a four minute round trip ride almost to the hotel on the water taxi. The water was beautiful, but we were almost run down twice by the wave riders. The Holland House was terrific and only cost $7.50 per person for a luxurious beach lounge and umbrella. We had wonderful Roy to wait on us all day and bring delicious drinks and a fabulous lunch. Drinks and lunch were extra, but reasonable with no sanitation worries like some beach bars. The hotel is lovely and the people treated us like royalty. I hate to say it, but we all kept our heads above water...got too many sniffs of sewage from somewhere.