Grand Turk Island Tour Excursion Reviews
The taxi took us around Grand Turk to the lighthouse. WE enjoy seeing this small island.
Again unable to book The Taste of Grand Turks or the Top 10 sites thru Carnival. All sold out by sea day #2. Found an independent operator who provided 3 air conditioned buses and we did a 1/2 hr. island highlights tour which gave us the option of getting off at will and be picked up by other buses every 15 - 30 min to continue this excursion for less than $20.
Highly rated on Trip Advisor and as you walk off the ship, to your left, there is a representative on the beach advising about tour. Only draw back is you must walk out of the port complex...fair distance to the left hand side gate but that is because they are not sanctioned by the cruise lines. All the local operators must pay a high percentage of the tour prices to the port authorities if they wish to be onsite. These people are long time locals...couple of hundred years for the family. Their profits supports the local economy not the cruise line. Not that I have anything against the cruise line!!
Tour was excellent. Great stories. Loved the local museum. Good value for 25 bucks each!
I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE LOVE LOVE WITH GRAND TURK...Let me say why. I was able to see a place of a certain time. It was like magical and mysterious and like being somewhere else. It was awesome for me. There were salt beds that looked like a rice pattie, if you know what I mean, in vietnam--the proper term is salina...Time stamp was like 1950 I felt.
The day we went was the day tourism became an importance to Cuba, which is another place that time stopped, I believe about 1950. The thing you notice....no stop lights. It was a rainy day so we went on a covered tour and drank local beer. Not sure my travel partner enjoyed it, but I did I like history and adventure.
They have a light house which was like out of a movie scene, it sits atop an unexpected cliff and next to a repurposed US navy post which is now a college...(Watch out for the donkey poo)...donkey's roam the island aimlessly with a omnious purpose-I believe to eat in case of emergency-but could be wrong
Keep in mind Turk and Caicos is expensive so going on a cruise is the ideal way to go for your average person.
The tour was marvelous. The weather was terrific and the color of the water was spectacular. It was an enjoyable tour from beginning to end. Unfortunately I don't remember the operator's name.
Little to see unless you love Donkeys!
We very much enjoyed our tour of Grand Turk, getting to see the island and learn a little about its history and its people. The tour bus was very clean and modern, and our driver/tour guide, Tracey, was excellent, spicing up his information with some humor. Although other people complain about how little they see and how run down the island it, we kept open minds, and attempted to discover. Overall, nicely paced and enlightening.
As we had a group of 8, we took a van with just our group around the island for a couple of hours. There is not much to see in Grand Turk. Went to the lighthouse and a shopping market. Glad I did it and never have to do it again. If not going to the beach or other water activities, not much to do or see.
GRAND TURK RIDE WAS GOOD
saw the whole island. Had refreshments for the two stops. Held a sea cucumber and starfish and ate fresh conch.
Small island. We took a taxi to Cockburn Town. Not much to see there...a few local rum bars and eateries if you like to try local food. The port center is where we spent most of the time. Plenty of shopping there, and the largest Margaritaville in the world. I had a "Cheeseburger in Paradise"....always good food. The beaches are nice, but can get crowded quick...especially if more than one cruise ship is in port. There is also a John Glenn/Mercury 7 display there, as John Glenn splashed down near Grand Turk after being the first American to orbit the earth.
Grand Turk is nice, but probably my least favorite port of this cruise....and I'm sure there is more to see than I saw. Just not enough time....
DW and friend were booked on the Grand Turk Island Tram tour that was suppose to be exclusively for our roll call group. They had to take the bus in spite of them arriving early for the open tram they were suppose to be on since Doug, the owner of Island Trams was hawking our tour, seemingly at a higher price then what we were to pay, to the Carnival passengers as their ship had arrived a hour or two before ours did.. I'm glad that I did my SCUBA diving excursion instead of doing this fairly boring tour as the flamingo weren't on the island due to cold recent weather and it's a pretty barren desert island according to DW.
Well narrated, very informative tour. From the Salt flats, prison, Limestone cliffs, to the Historic Lighthouse & surrounding interest points; & the hands on educational trip to the beach & St. Thomas Parish Church. Here on the beach tour we were again shown the Conch & offered some to eat ….. I guess this tour DID NOT GET THE LETTER !!!!! The problem was a lack of specific tour time length. Princess Patter 1-3:45 We were told one thing & leaving ½ hour for extras ; we arrived 45 min late back on board(5:00) for a Spa appointment(4:15). Yes you can say that we should have known something would go wrong & it’s only the Spa but my point is either Princess was not given a general time, or that time was not conveyed to us; & if you use the Spa you realize how hard it is sometime to get appointments; especially near the end of a cruise.
We had a tour booked through Princess. It was a great tour, given by a local man named Tracey. The Island reminded me of Bonaire. They have the same Donkeys that roam the Island. On Grand Turk, the local people look after the donkeys, so they are very friendly. I even got to feed 4 of them, much to my great pleasure! I've read reviews of Grand Turk with people saying it was boring, but I did not find this true at all. In fact, I really enjoyed it.
This excursion was titled, "A Taste of Grand Turk." We anticipated a few stops at different places to sample several different types of food. We were disappointed when the only place we had food was ONE stop for lunch. The lunch was good, consisting of conch fritters, fish and rice, and was a very good sized portion for lunch. We simply thought there would be more stops and more variety.
Our first stop was Grand Turk. We could see all of Grand Turk from our balcony. We took the "Coast to Coast Grand Turk Safari". It was nice enough and not too long since there's not much distance between the coasts of Grand Turk.
The tour was called "The Grand Turk Experience" & was really good. We
stopped at the salt pond where we could do a little shopping which I
found expensive but then everything has to be imported.
The guide told us how much it costs to import a car, unreal!!
The next stop was at the lighthouse where wild donkeys walked around.
There was a lot of different birds around the island & the beach
beside the port looked lovely.
The tour was very informative, our guide added a lot of humor to the ride and brought a lot of daily occurrences of the island related to politics. I really got a sense of how it is to live on Grand Turk, we made two really short stops, one in Downtown, there was a small souvenir marketplace and a nice dock, and one by the lighthouse which was surrounded by wild donkeys and very beautiful scenery!
We took the island tour that included the Salt Quay and lighthouse. The stops were interesting as we were driving around the island the guide would say things like "over there you'll see..." but would never tell us where to look so we kept looking around and missing everything. The roads were also extremely bumpy and we spent the whole ride bouncing around.