Barbados Catamaran Tour Excursion Reviews
This was a catamaran, snorkeling with turtles and beach tour for 1/2 day. Catamaran ride was fine with rum punch included, snorkeling was not impressive at all and 1 hour beach stop was good. The staff was a lot of fun and entertaining.
Elegance Catamaran Cruise only take a maximum of 14 guests.Plenty of room everywhere and bathroom facilities downstairs. First we snorkeled and saw the ship wrecks and sea turtles. Once the snorkeling was finished - the bar was open - wine, beer, soda or mixed drinks.
Our favorite place was on the open bow, which had a tight knit trampoline-like material (not loose netting) with a drink in hand and the breeze in our face! Mid morning they served home made banana bread and Chex mix as snacks.
Then we set sail for a quiet bay to anchor and have a Bajan style lunch which was delicious! Flying fish, chicken, mac & cheese casserole, rice & beans, tossed salad, coleslaw, rolls and carrot cake for dessert.
This five hour catamaran cruise is $100.00 per adult, but well worth it to feel like you had your own private catamaran with a very competent crew!
One thing that the crew on this boat did wrong was let two young children run wild all day long without life jackets on. These kids were too young to be on this boat and their parents didn't watch them and did not care. Our lunch onboard was fantastic and the swim with the sea turtles was a highlight not to be missed.
Barbados was a lot of fun and were it not for the crowds at a couple of the snorkel stops, I would have scored this higher. We took the catamaran and snorkel tour which apparently there are a ton of companies offering the same tour with the same stops at the same time as part of their offering. We snorkeled at the shipwrecks where we got to see a wide variety of fish as well as several of the wrecks in the area. We then moved over to snorkel with the sea turtles and while there were not as many as I had hoped, it was a great treat to swim with these animals in such close proximity. We wrapped up as we anchored about 100 yards off shore for lunch and then you could stay on board and drink, swim to the beach or just swim around the catamaran. Whichever you chose you were sure to have a good time. Our crew was great and went out of their way to make sure everyone had a great time.
Swimming with the turtles was neat but with 40 people crowding around 8-10 turtles, it was a bit over-rated. If 20 minutes out of 4 hours is spent swimming with the turtles, don't title it "Swimming with turtles." It was a catamaran ride and the turtles weren't even "guaranteed" according to our captain-LOL. Barbados always rains (for the past 3 times we've been) and the island offers nothing special. Don't even try to wander off because it's a bit scary....We had several people walk right up to us, talking really loudly and aggressively wanting to stop us (?) The unemployment rate isn't great and it's obvious with how we were approached...and how the prices kept going up when we asked.
Great, this was one tour not two, we boarded the catamaran and were brought out to the area to swim with the turtles, we say about a half a dozen, the current was very strong but the crew helped us get back in, we then were brought to another spot to swim on the reef, music played while on board, lunch was served on board, chicken, fish, rice mac n cheese and a variety of drinks, everyone on board was happy!