Basseterre, St Kitts
The 3-hour adventure begins with a scenic drive along the rugged southeast peninsula is a tour through the side streets of Basseterre from the Marriott. Tight streets and subdivision viewing. We had six people and took out three two person kayaks. The kayak lesson and safety briefing was minimal. Our instructor took off and it was literally a race to try to catch up with him. He would wait for us then turn and race up the ocean and wait again. We took a nice break at a beach and then went back to the starting port. Next was snorkeling. Once again, minimal training for those of us who did not know how to snorkel. Out in the water the fish were abundant and lively. Very beautiful. The instructor did not give us any instruction on where to look. After 30 minutes we went back to the base.The "refreshments and snacks" which were said to be included was a small cup (4 ounces) of punch. No sandwiches or even a bag of chips. So why do they get a 5 star rating? It really is fun and quite affordable. The equipment is top notch and clean. I get the impression that this is the first year they have been doing this and do not have the subtle nuances that are needed to appease the tourists. Once they get the confidence then they will be better. They should stay in port until everyone feels comfortable with the equipment. The lead kayak should stay with the group pointing out the specific sights we are seeing and even tell stories about the island while sitting in our kayaks. The lead snorkel should lead the pack and show different fish. They could have a picture and description of the fish that can be seen as there are a lot and abundant. A snack, like other tours give, such as a sandwich, chips and a drink would make the tour better and bring back others again and again. When I am back in Saint Kitts I will be back on this tour.
Basseterre, St Kitts
So you want sun, snorkeling, food and drink, then this is the tour your want. The crew is fantastic. They know how to put on a good show and event. It starts off with an enjoyable van ride that picked us up from the Marriott. On board there are drinks aplenty. The catamaran is beautiful. We had probably 30 people and we did not feel cramped. Many places to sit and lie in the front. The crew was attentive to our needs. The snorkeling equipment was good. Those who needed instruction were given instruction. The place was teaming with fish and fun. The lunch was on the ship while we were anchored for the snorkeling and was not on the beach at Nevis as advertised. It did not matter. The lunch was plentiful and delicious. Chicken, slaw, rolls and rice. The beach at Nevis was fine. We were dropped off at a beach and charged $5 if you want a chair. I really could have done this at the Marriott for free. The beach was nothing special. There was a place to get your hair braided, a park for the kids and a few bars that you can spend money at, but the bar from the catamaran came onto the beach. The trip back to Saint Kitts was so much fun. The crew turned up the music and danced with the visitors. Really a great time. Once again drinks were flowing. Not all alcohol, so if you wanted a non-alcoholic beverage it was available. Lazing in the catamaran was the best. I would highly recommend this tour.
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