4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

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  • Location: Barbados
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
On this full-day tour, hit the top attractions of Barbados and immerse yourself in its lush beauty. Observe cheeky green monkeys freely roaming the mahogany wooded Wildlife Preserve. Listen to the pounding surf along the eastern coast, and descend into the crystallized limestone world of Harrison’s Cave. Soak up the sun on the white sands of Carlisle Bay beach, where you’ll take a boat ride to swim with turtles and snorkel around shipwreck ruins home to tropical fish, rays and sea horses. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport are included.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour showcasing the top natural sights of Barbados
  • Discover stalactites, streams and pools inside Harrison’s Cave
  • Capture breathtaking sea and surf landscapes along the island’s famous eastern coast
  • Enjoy the antics of green monkeys at the Wildlife Reserve, and wander through its aviary and reptile exhibit
  • Revel in beach time at Carlisle Bay, and take a boat ride to swim with turtles in turquoise waters
  • Snorkel with provided gear in Carlisle Bay teeming with marine life around shipwreck remains
  • Lunch, entrance fees, boat ride, a drink on the beach, and pickup and drop-off from your hotel included

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What You Can Expect

Best of Barbados Tour

Get up close to wildlife in Barbados!

After hotel pickup, begin your tour in central Barbados, deep beneath the earth’s surface at Harrison’s Cave. During the guided tram tour, gaze at ceilings studded with stalactite-icicles and gravity-defying stalagmites growing upward from the ground. As you hear gurgling streams and pass by smooth glassy pools of water, learn about the cave network snaking for at least 1.4 miles (2 km), which thwarted expeditioners and remained mostly unexplored until 1970.

Back in the vehicle, cross the island’s verdant hills and admire the rugged allure of the eastern coast. Massive Atlantic waves batter the shoreline, making most of the area unsuitable for swimming but mesmerizing to watch. You may glimpse a natural pool or two, places where waves smash over reef and rock, creating small swimming basins near the shore.

After a lunch break at a picturesque spot (lunch provided), head north to Barbados Wildlife Reserve, where you’ll enjoy up-close views of impish green monkeys that enter and leave the park as they please. In the mahogany woodland largely devoid of cages, watch the olive-tinted furry monkeys interact with other residents of the reserve, including brocket deer, agouti, caimans and armadillos. Stroll through the aviary and hear the squawking of parrots, flamingoes and peacocks, or swing by the reptile exhibit.

After the Wildlife Reserve, travel to Carlisle Bay, a crescent-shaped natural harbor on the western coast. Take a short boat ride to an excellent snorkeling spot, where six shipwrecks encrusted with coral and kelp have attracted populations of fish, sea horses, octopi, rays and turtles. Slip on provided snorkeling gear and hop in.

Dry off by stretching out on the velvety sands of the beach. Sip a refreshing beverage (included), admire the glittering Caribbean and work hard on your tan before being transported back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Our driver was very knowledgeable of the island and it's history. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to see the island. Harrison Caves were fantastic. The water, from storms out in the Atlantic, were murky on the day we took the tour. Our driver knew we wouldn't be able to snorkel with the turtles and have a good view so he set us up for 2 days later to finish that part of the tour. This, in my book, is going beyond what is expected and the 4 of us were very impressed with his efforts. It was fantastic to have the turtles swim around us and the water had clear up quite a bit by then. I almost gave the tour 4 stars because everything I read about the wildlife reserve was to make sure to be there at feeding time around 2 PM. This is when the monkeys would come in and all the deer and other wildlife would gather up for a great picture taking experience. We ended up at the park around 10 am. Although we did see some monkeys, the part I was looking forward to most, most were moving around just outside the fences and deep in the trees. With that said I would recommended this tour to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

We had a great tour but was spoiled after our driver KEVIN got a phone call to return to the Marriott Hotel in Bridgetown to pick up 4 people who had booked at the last minute. We were half way to our first highlight of the tour when the controller insisted he return and pick them up and then he had to go to Chrystal Heights to pick up their vouchers. So when we eventually set off over more than one hour late The rest of the trip had to be changed and rushed.
But the whole day was a great experience and a wonderful day out

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