We were picked up right on time. We were the only ones to get on the bus but the guide was still amazing. We learned a lot about the island. We got to the beach and it was beautiful. We saw a lot of fish and we found a lot of coral. We had drinks and cochlear fritters. I highly recommend this tour.
We loved this excursion. Our shuttle was there right on time waiting for us. All 17 of us. She was so much fun. She gave us lots of information about the island and what we were seeing and entertained us with jokes and singing. The beach was not crowded at all. Maybe 10 or 15 people besides our group. We had three young children with us and the water was calm and safe. Our shuttle driver (I wish I could remember her name. It started with an S.) stayed with us until it was time to return to the ship, so we were never worried that we wouldn't be back in time. She even took us to her special swimming spot and let our teen agers dive in for a few moments. What fun! I would recommend this excursion for those who would like to avoid the high cost of ship sponsored excursions. SRP
This tour was amazing!
The place is new, clean and very nice . The staff was wonderful and the food was really good, try the conch fritters ! The driver from the port was Bryce, he is funny, very knowledgable and proud of his home island. It was like getting an island tour , totally awesome. Bryce is nice! lol
A little rough getting started, but once we got started it was nice. It was a out of the way cove which was clean and well maintained. The snorkeling area was "picked over well". The food and drink service was top notch. Not a five star, due to lack of luxury atmosphere. We enjoyed it!
Dear Viator....I have used you in Europe in 2012 and had a wonderful super time...This time I booked your Bahamas East End
and Lucayan National Park Tour.....Really nice of the company to pick me up at my hotel...I really enjoyed seeing the east end of the island....The trip to Lucayan National Park was really enjoyable , but nothing to shout about ....The "caves" were interesting but nothing out of the ordinary ...They in realty were old sink holes that were full of debris and water...I thought from the description of the tour we would have a guide...To my knowledge we did not have a guide leading us into the "caves"...We had someone I thought was the guide, but the only thing he did was make sure we made it to the coach....He did not give us a running information tour....Across the beach the board walk to Gold Beach was much more interesting ....It ran through a mangrove swamp which was very interesting...We even had a masked beggar come out (a raccoon) ....The beach was really beautiful , but no guide to give us the facts....Wish the beach time was longer ....On the way back we stopped at Banana Bay for lunch...very good place with a million dollar view...Garden of the Groves was next door and I found out later that most all the tour groups stop there...I did not understand why we did not stop there...I would have paid for a full day if we had gone to the Garden off the Groves...Overall it was an enjoyable tour , but nothing to shout about .....
Doing what: Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
This excursion advertises that it is located on Paradise Cove Beach, NOT. Our tour guide was wonderful, but she was doing as she was advised to do through Fran's Tour. When we reached our destination, it was down an overgrown path that led to a locked gate. There were literally shacks at the side of the dirt path that people were living in. We did not see any of the historical or normal sightseeing on the way to the beach, but the extreme poverty that the islanders are forced to live in. When the driver realized that the gates were locked to this "private beach", she had to turn around and take us to the "REAL" Paradise Cove Beach. Snorkeling involved some masks and tubes out of a 25 gallon bin in the back of the tour bus that did not seem very sanitary. There was absolutely nothing included in this excursion, down to the beach chairs that were rented for $4 per person. The water was pristine, but it was 100% rock and coral. It was like walking barefoot on nails and glass when you got into the water. Although we did try to swim, we saw a string ray, grown crabs and lion fish in 1 foot deep water that was transparent. There was no mistaking what we saw. This was the biggest scam of any excursion I've ever been on, in 4 trips to the Bahamas. This excursion was not provided by the owner/operators of Paradise Cove Beach, but the beach is horrible. I find it no wonder that it has to be called a private beach, as noone in their right mind would knowingly pay to go there. For future travelers, please save your money for an excursion that is beneficial to yourself and your family. We couldn't wait to get back to the ship! And we got to pay $450 for this wonderful experience!
Our family had a great time on this excursion at less cost than Carnivals excursion that was at the beach next to us. Our family of 4 had the beach to ourselves for the first hour and for the next 2 hours only 5 other people were on our stretch of beach. Good snorkelling and a super clean snack bar/ bar/ bathroom/ shower building.
This trip was great. We loved the Cay! We shared the boat trip with divers, so it made us wish we had signed up for diving! The day we went was very clear and very, very hot! Bring extra water, extra sunscreen and a hat if you don't want your forehead to burn!
We met our driver the minute we walked of the airport. We arrived early so his timing was perfect. We had lots of little questions and he answered every last one! Our trip was only fifteen minutes, but we appreciated the guaranteed ride there and back. He was prompt for our return trip to the airport as well. Great choice for a private round-trip airport transfer!
Very nice experience, the beach was beautiful and transportation to and from the cruise ship was great.The tour guides were very friendly and helpful.
Great job getting us to the boat and out on the reef, it was beautiful. Very pleasant and helpful tour guide and staff too.
The shuttle they were supposed to provide back though was unorganized and over crowded. many of us were left behind to find out our own transportation back to the port.
Doing what: Fantasia Snorkel Sea Safari
This excursion was excellent. Van took us to a beach we had to ourselves. All equipment was provided and instruction was given to the first time snorklers. Water was clear as glass and the sea life was amazing. The staff prepared fresh conk fritters... delicious! Book with confidence.
We would have never gone on the excursion if another family hadn't been there too. We were waiting at Senor Frogs like we were supposed too and no one showed up. The other family had a phone and called the number on the receipt we had printed as a receipt. We were then told to walk to another area outside the gate and wait a few minutes. A stretch limo picked us up. The driver was very nice and apologetic. He had not received the information about picking us up until we called them. So technically we wouldn't have gone if it hadn't been for the other family having a phone. We started about 30 minutes behind schedule, but after the initial confusion, it was great. We had a limo ride, we had a great time snorkeling, all the people at the beach were nice and friendly. We loved the snorkeling. When we finished snorkeling, a bus picked us up. A very nice girl was driving and she took us on a scenic tour on the way back to the ship. She was very informative about the island and she stopped a couple times for us to look at things. Overall, we had a great time. I am so thankful we got to go after the confusion.
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