Castries, Saint Lucia
As in many of our Viator tours, the group had only four travelers. Our guide showed the many different aspects of the island. The most informative part of the tour was the visit to a banana plantation where we learned how the fruit was nurtured from sprout to packing for their trip to England. We experienced the sights, sounds and smells of the beaches, mountains, volcanoes, gardens, waterfalls, and Pitons of this lovely and friendly island. Although we had some delicious island bread, We felt the tour could have been extended 45 minutes to include a time to grab a snack or lunch. S and C
Our tour was great. Our guide, Chris, was well informed, pleasant and willing to take us to places not necessarily on the planned tour. For example, we went to a fish market to see a flying fish and to a grocery store to purchase local hot sauce. We were especially impressed with the beauty of the north end watching the huge waves smash into large rock formations. There was only four in our group and the Viator's individual attention scored again! C and S
Transportation was on time both times. Going from the airport, the driver took the back route to avoid traffic. It is more pleasant to enter Nassau on the beach side to see the lovely views.
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
The bad news is that the seas were moderately rough, causing 65% of the passengers to be sea sick. The overcast weather limited visibility and the sea condition made it difficult to enjoy the experience. One personal negative experience was boarding the boat from the beach, getting my only clothes wet even before we go underway.
The good news is that we still had a great time. The crew was super and even taught the passengers how to play the "Dominican Piano"--the steel drums. The food and drinks were good as well as plentiful.
We recommend this trip to all, except children under 10, as long as they are comfortable in the water.
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