In Antigua we had arrange a kayak trip. The van that picks you up is interesting. It appears full, but the seats down the middle of the van drop down and there is no way out for those in the back once everyone is seated. The drive to the site was good with lots of information from our driver. Once on the water we had a great guide who was knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the area and would stop to talk to us every little bit which also allowed those who lagged time to catch up and catch their breath. We did not book this from the ship, but there were people there who had and paid the extra for the privilege. Antigua is a very pretty Island and the people were friendly.
What a pretty Island. We booked a semi private tour with Bonaire Vista Tours. The family run business is a great choice. The Van is clean, comfortable and air conditioned. The guide Brian is articulate and had lots to say about this beautiful Island. Our tour included the salt mine and the slave huts and a stop at a small rustic museum. We had a good time.
Well we didn't take an excursion from the ship, we arranged our own. We went with Aruba Segways. This was arrange easily by internet with Danny. He was a little late to pick us up, but the port information had us arriving much later than we did. The other group did not show so my husband and I were on a private tour. Danny took us to the starting location and had us on the Segways and feeling comfortable in minutes. We had helmets, which we asked for, but are mandatory anyway. We had a wonderful two hour plus ride up the island, the light house and along some very beautiful beaches. We found the Island clean and bright and enjoyed our walk around town as well.
We arranged our own tour with Cosol Tours and were lucky enough to be in Cosol's van. He is energetic, enthusiastic and has created a good business. This is a very busy tour and while our tour ran over by an hour and a half we still didn't see everything. He had a breakfast for us of all sorts of Island treats. Just a taste or two of each and all the beverages you could ask for. There are some very poor areas we drove through but we were impressed how clean they were.
We visited the Volcano, checked out the bananas, snorkeled at Jalousie Beach, swam under a water fall, drove through fishing villages and more. If we come again we have a couple things we would like to do now that we know what the Island has to offer. On the way back we stopped and he had arranged hot bread out of the oven with cheese. It was simple and tasty.
We didn't like St. Vincent so much, but we didn't get too far. We wandered from the ship and very quickly found the area dirty and run down. We walked a bit further and then turned back as we began to feel uncomfortable.
We arrived in port to find a taxi waiting for us and whisked us away to our Catamaran. There was only us from the ship and 8 guests from the Island booked with Calabaza Sailing Cruises. We enjoyed this small group. The beverages were unending with Gina, Andrew or Nick swinging by to take your empty and bring you a new one. The two snorkel spots were fun and not crowded. We had a tasty lunch of stew, salads and rice. I missed the dessert, but they said it was good too. This was a great deal. We like Barbados and enjoyed going for a walk once we headed back to port.