We had booked the Surf & Turf (ATV Buggy and Speedboat Adventure) Excursion ahead of time, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience for us. We got to see the entire island, meet locals, observe some wildlife, and experience the ... Read More
We had booked the Surf & Turf (ATV Buggy and Speedboat Adventure) Excursion ahead of time, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience for us. We got to see the entire island, meet locals, observe some wildlife, and experience the pleasure of an adrenaline rush more than once. Our guides were great and I would book this excursion again in a heartbeat.
After being led to a tender boat and taken to the excursion spot, the 22 of us on the excursion were divided into two groups. Half of us were selected to drive the buggies first, and the other half rode on the speedboat first. We were in the buggy-first group. There were 3 buggies available, and each held 4 people. My bride and I were paired with a mother and her daughter. I drove first. A major caveat: about 3/4 of the 2-hour buggy portion was city driving, in heavy traffic. The traffic consisted of a broad variety of good and bad drivers, aggressive and passive, both locals and rental-car tourists. For this reason, this excursion isn't for everyone. I LOVE to drive, and the (relatively intense) challenge of navigating a dune buggy through city streets on a foreign island, following closely behind the guide, was like playing a real-life video game. The buggy is a high-powered machine, and learning to use the brakes, blinker, and mastering the touchy throttle were great fun for me. The guide stopped several times to show us various features of the island, including feeding iguanas (there were at least 50 of them), holding sea urchins, and driving up a steep, rock-peppered trail. We drove through both the Dutch and French sides of the island, which were different from one another in noticeable ways.
After we reached the bar where we met the boat-first group, we got on the speedboat (the guide directed us all to put our shoes in a bag, we realized later it was to prevent getting sand in the boat) and we rode to a beautiful rock just offshore, where we snorkeled with flippers in water about 15 feet deep for about 20 minutes. It was glorious. We saw sea urchins (which we could identify because of the Urchin Man we had met earlier), small swordfish, and many ocean plants and fish. Back on the boat, we drank rum punch and toured the island, including seeing some of the most expensive yachts in the world, such as the one owned by Bono from U2 and another by the president of Victoria's Secret.
We got to see a plane land at the famous "most dangerous airport in the world" and, amidst sharp turns and accelerating, we rode back to port. Our top speed was 65 MPH, a speed that made communication (and practically breathing) impossible, but put smiles on our faces that lasted until long after we had gotten off the boat.
Our guide was so nice and his wife and daughter greeted us back on land. We loved this excursion and hope this review might encourage a few other daredevils to try it as well. Read Less