Freeport Kayaking Excursion Reviews
This was my favorite island experience overall. My boyfriend and I went on the kayaking and nature experience through the red mangroves where we saw oyster beds and a stingray in the water below our kayaks. We ate lunch and fed hungry raccoons and then were fortunate enough to swim in the most beautiful area of the island. The beach we were on was reportedly where they did supermodel swimsuit shoots for magazines like Sports Illustrated. Our "tablemates" from the cruise went to the public beach and said it was not very nice, and islanders kept trying to sell them things there. The shops back near the port were just so so. Not nearly as extensive shopping as Nassau.
In Freeport we took a Nature Tour of the Lucayan National Park which included: kayaking in the Lucayan park mangroves (awesome!), lunch in a covered pavilion on the beach (basic sandwich supplied), fed the raccoons our bread crusts (awesome!), spent 2 hours on a pristine beach with almost no one else, short walk through the park with guide narrating (and raccoons following), fed fish, then back to the ship. Our guide was fantastic and we would totally do this tour again. At port, we ate fried conch; which was good; a little chewy but tasty.
We did the Kayaking and Nature tour. It was fantastic despite the rain towards the end of the tour. Sam, our guide, was friendly and entertaining. We took a bus to the Lucayan National Forest while he talked about the history of the island. The only part I DID NOT LIKE was that we got pulled over by some shading looking guy in a white car on a deserted road. This guy was lost and angry and when we stopped he got out of his car and walked over to the driver's door. This make us very uncomfortable. Being in a foreign country and knowing that the Bahamas has a crime problem, I thought we were in the making of a "I shouldn't be alive" episode and the guy might pull a gun on us or something. Fortunately it was just some angry guy and after Sam gave directions he pulled away and tried to lighten the mood by making some jokes. The bus ride was about 30min. Arriving at the launch site, we took kayaks down a very gentle creek lined with beautiful mangroves. The water was clear and we could see fish and ancient fossilized oyster beds. After the kayaking we took a "Tom Sawyer" raft across the river to a short hiking trail head that took us to a beach and picnic area where he had a light lunch. Unfortunately this is when it started to rain quite hard but a lot of folks didn't care. We swam in the beautiful blue ocean water anyway. We stated here for about an hour and a half then took a scenic route through the trails when the rain stopped and Sam explained some of the local wildlife and fauna and let us feed some fish in the creek. Then he took us on a drive through Freeport and showed us around town then took us back to the ship. Overall a very great time!