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Our family of 7 enjoyed the trip very much, and Gemala was a fantastic driver and gave us lots of information along the route. The caves were amazing, but we were so so disappointed that we didn't see one monkey on this tour. The lunch was o.k. but the real highlight was swimming with the turtles, and THEY didn't disappoint. Wonderful creatures, so gentle, larger than we expected. There was a notice up at the monkey park saying they are usually around between 3 and 4 pm so suggest you re-organise the itinerary and take the public at this time instead of 1 pm!!
Great leisurely and informative tour. Our guide was so friendly and encouraged us to ask questions. He knew SO much about the island. We had a nice lunch which featured local foods. I loved the visit to the nature preserve. Lots of good photo opportunities everywhere we went. I would recommend the tour to anyone but especially seniors like us.
This is a great way to see the Island with a knowledgeable guide. I enjoyed the entire day immensely which included lunch and snorkeling with the turtles.
Tour was informative. Guilde was delightful. Snokeling was wonderful.
Tour was informative. Guide was delightful. Snokeling was wonderful.
Excellent way to see a lot of the island in a short time - my only negative comment would be that a lot of time was wasted on the lunch stop as the service was very slow. Swimming with turtles was amazing.
We found most of this tour to be very good. The visit to the nature reserve was good and the visit to Harrison Cave's was excellent. However, the snorkelling with the turtles was very poor. The skipper on the boat did not seem to know what he was doing. He gave no instruction as to how to fit the boyancy aids and expected everyone just to get on with it. He spent more time trying to anchor the boat to the shore than he did talking to the people on the boat. All in all would not recommend this part of the trip as it was a waste of time. Our tour guide for the day was lovely, she tried to tell us as much about the island as she could and made it a fun day. The lunch was also very good. All in all a good day, but definately need to review the turtle swimming or we were maybe just unlucky.
My biggest issue with this tour was we got bumped due to "overbooking" due to the cruise ship, which I was told really meant it they hold all the spots for the cruise as that is their bread and butter. I was frustrated with this as our entire schedule for the week had already been planned out by mid-week and the tour operator was not up front in why we were not being picked up despite confirming with them on Sunday to be picked up 3 days later. I feel this situation could have been handled better, by letting us know on Sunday or even Monday we would not be able to tour on the date purchased versus not showing up to pick us up the morning of the date scheduled. On to the tour itself - Harrison's Cave and snorkeling with the turtles was definately worth doing. I was a little disappointed in the Wildlife Reserve, as other than some monkeys, turtles, and snakes there wasn't much of interest to see. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the island. I recommend doing this near the beginning of your trip if you can and don't have scheduling issues.
Things did not seem as organized as I expected. The glass-bottom boat was not a fully glass boat as I expected.
wildlife reserve was small and we did not see any monkeys.
harrison cave was amazing.
swimming with the turtles was the best but short.
they had a lot of time need to go to the different locations to drive. the result was that we hunted everywhere and got little time.
Best part of the trip was snorkeling and getting to swim with turtles. Everything else was way too predictable and touristy (especially the east coast visit that was limited to an organised small park 5 minute stop in an area of unbelievable natural beauty). Also while you do get to go up the hills and into the villages you never get to stop in order to take in the view and take pics. Food was bad.
Jamal was a great tour guide -very knowledgeable. Only saw 1 monkey at the reserve, long wait at Harrison's Cave, no snorkeling to see turtles. They said the water was too rough but someone else went out had beautiful, clear video of her kids swimming with 3 turtles -while we sat and killed time :(