St. Thomas Island Tour Excursion Reviews
Grabbed a taxi tour with a driver named Bertie - he was a great tour guide - knowledgable and friendly. We asked a lot of questions about life on the island and he answered them all - by the end, we considered him a friend!
The shore excursions offered through NCL were much more expensive than booking on the vendors website so we didn't book through NCL. The only shore excursion that we booked ahead of time was Godfrey Tours in St. Thomas for $35 per person. The driver was late picking us up and we were a little confused where the pick up place was but the driver was great, we had sodas and water on the bus, the mountain top banana daiquiri was nice and the botanical gardens with rum punch were nice. We had one quick stop at coki beach and got back on our way to the cruise port. We were late getting back to the cruise port, which I think could have been avoided if we started promptly at the pick up time.
Lots of fun, loud music, singing. Bus ride is lots of fun. We took the shopping, site seeing and beach tour. The shopping part was the standard island shopping which gets old if you have shopped there before. The site seeing was good and we went to the cokie beach, I think I missed spelled it. I have been there before and it is very nice for snorkeling. The water is some of the smoothest and nicest in the area. You can rent a lounge for $5 and they bring drinks to your chair. Very nice.
Dawuud was our guide and totally incredible. His knowledge of the history, geology, flora etc is beyond compare. Would do it again because he gave so much information. He greets you as you leave the dock with a sign with your name. Could be late and you will understand why when you see the traffic so don't panic!
Group is small and he tailors your tour for any specific requests.
Since we had been to St. Thomas before, we took a ship excursion to St. Johns. Quite a bumpy ride across the channel but we made it and the land tour was fun. Saw some great homes and beautiful views.
We took a tour that included a short tour on the way to the downtown shopping, and then to Magen's Bay. St. Thomas is very pretty, there were shops of all types and an outdoor flea market. Magen's Bay is beautiful, one of the top 10 beaches in the world they say. Shaped like a heart, the water was gorgeous, warm and calm. There is a snack bar/restaurant, bath house and chairs for rent (& umbrellas). The people were friendly and the tour operator was great.
I only rated this excursion a 4 due to the price....I thought it was a little high.
Out of the four ports I went to on my cruise, St. Thomas was by far my favorite destination to visit. We booked a tour through Godfrey Tours in advance that would give us time to shop downtown, then a 2-hour island tour, followed by 2 hours at the beach of our choice. We didn't do much shopping because that's not the reason we went on vacation, but there are a lot of stores with great prices. You can even talk them down in prices if you are a good negotiator or sometimes they just offer to reduce the sticker price. The island tour was spectacular. We visited Mountain Top and received a free (included with tour) banana daiquiri, which was delicious. The view from up there was breathtaking. We then explored more of the island and went to Botanical Gardens. Later we had a choice of going to Magen Bay beach, which was crowded with 6 ships in port or Coki Point Beach. We choose Coki and had amazing time snorkeling near the reefs. The fish would literally eat out of your hand. We had some food from a vendor there, which I thought was extremely overpriced, and not worth it and drinks. The tour guide picked us up and dropped us off at the port. I would definitely visit St. Thomas again by cruise or even land.
St. Thomas - A few of our group chose to just walk around the Marina at the Port (Havensight) and through the shopping mall, one went scuba diving with NCL (good), a few others took a taxi to town to shop. Four of us hired Stanley, a private taxi driver to take us on an "island tour". Stanley was great. He took us many popular spots for great views and told us lots of interesting things. After two hours, we ended up at Secret Harbour beach where we could stay as long as we liked to swim, snorkel, have lunch etc. We did snorkel and enjoyed a good lunch reasonably priced, right on the beach. We had Stanley take us back to port in time to wonder through some of the shopping there.
We booked a private tour with other family, all together 4 adults, 4 kids (age between 4-8). The tour guide arrived the port about 30 minutes after we made a deal with her rep. at the downtown port, where our tender boat arrives. She drove us to visit a little castle, and to the mountain top to have a fantastic view of the island and the bay. At the end, she dropped us off at the Magen's Bay for a beach day until the end of the day. When we are done, we called her and she came to pick us up in 25 minutes, drove us back to the downtown port to catch our tender boat.
We were going to take a taxi to Megan's Bay, but it looked like rain. Nathaniel approached us and suggested an island tour for $25 per person. Stopped a 3 scenic overlook for some terrific photos, including a stop at the "world's largest gift shop" and where they have sold over 7 million world famous banana daiquiris. Open-air van ride for approximately 3 hours.
Tour itself was pleasant. We stopped to do our "shopping" portion first, and my wife was nearly backed over by our bus! Our driver told his passengers that he'd be waiting in the spot he had parked in, and gave us the time to return. From the driver's seat, he is unable to see what is behind his open-air bus. My wife's wheelchair was stored in a compartment at the outside, back of the bus, and she noticed she had been scratched on the leg, while boarding. Mistake! I took one of the wipes we carried with us and proceeded to wipe off the blood. The bus suddenly started backing up, slowly, and knocked over the wheelchair, with her in it! It continued backing up, and my pounding on the back of the bus went unnoticed by the driver. Fortunately, others, nearby, were yelling at the driver, and he stopped before she, and the wheelchair went under the bumper. A little more blood to clean up, a bruised hip, and some scrapes on her hands, and arm, but she survived. We understood the drivers concern, but questioned why he was moving his vehicle when he said he'd be in that location, and parking appeared to be at a premium. The rest of the tour went well. We were refunded the price of the tour, by Carnival which was nice. The wheelchair suffered no major damage, but it was brand new, and other than traveling around on the ship, this was it's first, but not last, incident.
Tour description said island tour followed by 2 hours of shopping. When boarded bus was told we would dropped off for 2 hours of shopping followed by the tour. We had planned to do a little shopping then walk back to the ship. Tour was just drive to overlook at high point of island. On way back to the ship, had already turned dark
The tour showed us much of the island but the driver was not as well informed as some of the others we have had. Still, it is worth seeing the island.
We jumped on an island tour with a cab driver, and it was pretty good for only $20 a person! In two hours, we had great views from three sky points, and we stopped at various places, including the Sky Top where they have those famous banana daiquiris. Overall, simple but fun way to see the island. We've been to St. Thomas twice, and this is our last favorite port. We aren't beach or scuba people, and the first time we went, we visited St. John and walked around Virgin Islands National Park. That was really fun! This time we just explored the island.
Took an island tour in a van up to the top of the Mountain and had a famous Banana Daiquiri or two. The ride was just ok but the view from the top of the mountain was spectacular! We did this after our underwater scooter excursion.
St. Thomas was way better than expected. The downtown area is filled with typical tourist shops, but most of the buildings are 300+ years old. Very cool cobblestone streets and ancient brick structures. A guide on the street sold us on his open air bus tour of the island for $25/pp, taking us to a couple picturesque lookout points, giving some history, and spending 2 hours at Secret Harbor beach, which was delightful.
We found Elvis on the dock, and he provided us a great tour of the island. St. Thomas has many tour trucks competing for passengers, and he dropped us downtown for some shopping, then took us to several scenic viewpoints, to the beach, and provided much info and history about the island. He also sings and provides some entertainment during the tour. We got a 4 -6 hour tour for $25 a person-a great deal!
This was on a medium-sized bus. Ian was our driver/tour guide. He knew his island and was an excellent driver. There were a few stops for photos, bathroom breaks, and souvenirs. We were offered the chance to get off the tour early in downtown Charlotte Amalie (near the port).
Rude guide, careened around corners on steep roads. Pretty, but depressing. Would not repeat.
They took us all around in a large motor coach for a historical and educational tour of the island.Because there was many of us. We had to transfer to a bus seat but the vehicle was equipped with a lift. Than there was a a pick up truck that piled in our wheelchairs and had them ready for us at the next stop. Coral world was rather small and does not have nice easy smooth paths to move a wheelchair around. Some areas were up and down large inclines. Personally in my opinion once you seen one ocean life you've seen them all. I would probably not do this excursion again. It definitely needs to some updating.
excellent tour saw and learned much about the island. Enjoyed the sights and the beauty of the island.
We booked an Island Tour with 2 hours of shopping during our recent NCL cruise. Godfrey was waiting outside the cruise terminal as he said he would.
We really enjoyed the open air taxi. Godfrey was more than reasonable on price and collected our fee as we departed. We spent 2 hours in Charlotte Amalie shopping. Godfrey dropped those who wanted to at the top of Blackbeards castle it was $10pp to go in and tour we opted not to do the tour and just walked down to the city. The views were incredible. We had a light snack in town before heading out on our island tour.
Godfrey shared lots of information about the island and its history. The views were beautiful. We stopped at a mountain top store for great views and some souvenir shopping. The place also famous for banana daiquiris.
The views of Magens Bay were amazing. We then did a quick stop at Coral World. For another $5 you could stay there for two hours or two hours at Magens Bay we chose to go back as we need to pick up a ring we had purchased in Charlotte Amalie and was being sized.
It was great tour for a great value!!
We didn't want to make the same mistake we did at St Marteen port so we took 2 excusions! 1st one was to do the Island tour. The trucks they use are Ford F350 with room for around 20 people in the back (special open cab with a roof). The top isn't high enough so for a 6'00 tall and more, it's not easy to look outside while the truck is going... Views are absolutely fantastic and really breathtaking! Views are what makes this excusion value. You will stop in 2-3 shops but this part wasn't special at all. This tour could have been done in 1.5 - 2 hours but with the shopping, it took around 3 hours. I recommand this tour. Downside: You can't hear much with the speakers installed in the back as the driver comments what you are seing on the way.
St. Thomas we went shopping in the morning. We got rum for gifts and then collected the charms from the Diamond International shops. It was fun to people watch. I did buy some smaller jewelry pieces (earrings and necklace). We took a ship excursion tour of the island. The views were wonderful but to get to them we needed to pass through souvenir shops and bars.
Left for two hours of shopping needed approx. 45 minutes because the stores in town were mainly jewelry and specialty chocolate and knick-knacks. Then toured the Magen's Bay, Coki beach, and mountain top vistas with a stop at a tourist center up top. DId not stop at Blackbeard's castle and that was a disappointment as the admission was pricey and not included in the tour. But we spent about 5-6 hours on this tour.
Bus tour of St. Maarten--enjoyable replacement tour for America's Cup. Would have preferred the America's Cup excursion but this was good. Interesting to see French and Dutch sides of islands. Traffic was horrendous returning to the ship.
Not very easy to hear our guide. It was a fair tour of the island, lots of shopping everywhere we went.
Our island tour gave us a wonderful view of the beautiful locations that could be found on this island. If we had planned better, this would have been the location for a "beach" day -- Magen Bay Beach. We saw many of the best locations from high-point sites and the island was well described by our tour director. The shopping here was overwhelming -- especially for JEWELRY! Next time I will purchase a "babble".
We loved this open-air transport tour up into the island mountains to the Cruzan shop for Banana Daiquiri's in the late morning. The shopping hut was more like a mall and vast with island trinkets and alcohol. There were other stops in the mountain areas where we were able to view the many bays and beaches the island had to offer. Just a very lovely island! The shopping in St. Thomas is a "jewelry-lovers paradise." Unbelieveable the many jewelers that were lined up one after another and all vying for our money and desires.
Drove up to the top of the island for awesome Banana Daiquiris. Got to see all the bays and hot spots of the island. Two hour tour and when you are done you can either be dropped off in town or back at the cruise ship. Definitely worth the $25PP
Hard to really fault them much because it was bad weather, but we were stranded at a beach for 2 hours in the middle of the rain and we could not swim. Should have called it and left, but tour guide insisted we had to stay the entire two hours of time allotted.
This was a nice tour that took us to parts of the island that we had not seen although we had been there several times before. We enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to others.
The island is a bit of a tourist trap, and our tour was very badly run.
We had a fun time with Sunny Liston Tours. He picked us up in port for an island tour with some shopping time. There was crazy driving and loud singing that everyone seemed to enjoy. We visited Coki, Sapphire, Magens beaches and all the other attractions (Mountaintop, Blackbeard/Bluebeard, views of the other islands, etc.) for just a quick sightseeing tour, then some shopping on the main street. There was the usual local market next to the Diamonds Int., etc., shops.
wonderful and informative trip. booked independently and got a great driver who was very knowledgeable stopped often to discuss the local flora, fruits, nuts and plants
Very rainy not much to do.
not much to see but burlee w great
We went to Beacon Point, Mountain Top, and St. Peter the Great's House to see the views from the mountains. The views were gorgeous. My only complaint is the stops are very short (about 15-25 minutes), so it doesn't give you a lot of time to shop for souveniers.
Love this island. The island tour in an open bus is always fun as well.
Our favorite place in the world. The gondola ride to the top of Paradise Point is always thrilling. We were surprised to see the Ferris wheel up there. the views were magnificent. Sorry to see that many of the vendors were gone. They make the world's best Bushwacker there.