Great way to spend a vacation day. We were picked up at our resort by a driver who was both friendly and knowledgeable. He gave information about all of the areas we drove through and also gave lots history about the area. Wear comfortable shoes since Ben's Cave at the national park has lots of steps. Bring a beach towel because you're going to want to get in the water at Gold Rock Beach, a rather secluded beach with water color so pretty it's hard to describe. Walking to the beach is its own adventure. Most people walked out to the sand bar and played there and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. After leaving this beach, the tour stops at another beach with a restaurant for lunch. The food is OK and it's another chance to enjoy some beach time.
The caves were alright but the beach was amazing! Stopped for lunch at a cute restaurant with the best banana bread!
The best part of our vacation - Highly recommended - The tour guide was prompt in picking us up from the hotel, and was very friendly and knowledgeable about the Park. The weather was perfect at 78 degrees. The beach was clean! The ocean water was so blue, clear and cool! I was so sad when it was time to leave.
This is the best beach ever!! Clean,and its where pirates of the Caribbean was filmed. Very awesome, a must see!!
Amazing time on the beach! Some of the most spectacular beaches I've ever been to :)
This tour is awesome . We learned a lot .Biggie was an excellent instructor and driver. He told us about the island and the history of the island. Its worthy the $50. the beaches are clear blue . You visit 2 beaches and 2 caves . Beautiful sight.
Kevin, the tour guide and driver was fantastic. He was funny and interesting. We got a good over view of Freeport. The Lucayan park beach was the best. It was soooooo clear and white sand. The walk around the park was very relaxing. I would take this tour again and highly recommend that anyone who is out doorsy take this tour.
Very Educational Biggie was the best and the staff at Forbes H Charter knew their stuff. We left knowing a lot more about the island of Grand Bahama and the city of Freeport.
We called the previous day to confirm the 9am pickup and was told the pickup time would be 10am. The driver arrived shortly after 10. The East End excursion was very nice and informative.
I rated this a four, because the Ben's Cave wasn't very exciting. It was a cave. But, the beaches were just beautiful!! It was the beach that you read about, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water!! Just beautiful!! I even saw a wild stingray, it was right next to me!! I was too excited!!
The tour was very organized and our driver Biggie told us about the Bahamas and was interesting and informative. As soon as we step of the cruise, we were able to find the tour company and they lead us to our van. The van was pretty new and with AC. Biggie kept us in time to make sure we will return to port. The only thing I would have prefer to spend the time on the beach than looking at the caves. They were not interesting and only 2 of the them. The beach is beautiful, very shallow and gentle waves. It felt rushed just to have 1 hour there. After that, we stopped at a restaurant on the beach for another break. We ate and walk around the shore as well.
The tour itself was excellent, however, the Company forgot to pick us up. I had confirmed the day before with the Company agent who has a desk at the Grand Lucayan Hotel. I heard her call the main office and tell them the three of us were going on the tour. She told us to be at the front of the hotel 10 minutes before 10:00. We were there at 9:45. At 20 minutes to 11:00 the bell captain called there office and they sent another small bus to pick us up and we met the tour en route to the caves. The caves were good, but the beaches were spectacular!!
Awesome tour and the most amazing beach I have ever seen. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Only downsides were the bus was over an hour late to the hotel (not unusual for the Bahamas though) and none of the entrance fees to the park and lunch costs were not included in the tour but it appeared when you purchased the tickets that they were so be prepared to bring extra cash for sure. Loved it and can't wait to go back!
Overall the tour was enjoyable. However our paperwork said the tour started at 9am. We were there at 8:45am, and found out the tour left at 8:30am. They found another driver to get us caught up with another tour group. The caves were small and overall not that excited. However, Gold Rock beach was amazing and the Banana Bay restaurant had some great food (we had the conch fritters). The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Oh, and didn't realize that the entrance fee was included in our ticket price, so they asked us to pay it at the park, but after talking with them they let us go on without paying the extra money.
Caves were kind of disappointing in terms of size, but still nice to look at. Gold Rock Beach is everything that everyone says it is, and is located across the street from the National Park. The National Park only consisted of the two underground caves, however there is a nice walk through some beautiful landscape to the beach.
Brian B USA
The cave is not huge, but most caves on islands are not. All of the bats in it was cool and I loved where they dropped you off for lunch. It was a nice resturant on the beach. I would highly recommend the banana bread and conch fritters!
Paul S USA
The caves were a little less then I expected but then the beaches they took us to were great and it was fun seeing parts of the island. So over all it was a good time.
Kevin A USA
The beach was terrific and the lunch, not included, on Banana Bay was nice as well. The tour guide and driver were very informative and entertaining. The national park had been struck by fire and was still smoldering, and the cave tour was not as in depth as you would suspect from the description. Overall, worth doing but just consider it a nice day trip and sightseeing, and if you were going for the caves alone I would pass.
I enjoyed this tour however, I thought we drove around a little too much to pick up folks. The caves were nice and self guided.The drivers were very safe and the beach they took us to was one of the most raw and beautiful I've ever seen. The driver did poll the passengers about two options. There were not enough waters to share. I was thankful the driver let me stop at a gas station that was friendly to go -an emergency.
Holly B United States of ...
The previous reviews are right. The beach is amazing and the caves (sink holes filled with water) are just okay. Their is also a tourist trap lunch at the end. You have to go through the restaurant to get to the beach. It's a long drive, but try and carpool and pre-arrange a decent taxi price.
The tour guide "Biggie" was fantastic! Very knowledgable and funny too! The caves were small and not that interesting but the beach was gorgeous. I really enjoyed learning about the history of the island and the restaurant was great as well. Overall, the tour was interesting and I am glad that I booked it. My one regret is that i didn't bring my bathing suit. There is a bathroom to change your clothes at the park.
Overall this was a fairly good tour - the beaches we saw were amazing the restaurant we were taken to for lunch excellent. However, the guide left much to be desired. There was not enough information provided while we were on the bus and it was a fair amount of time and at the end of the tour instead of returning us to our hotel he pulled into Port Lucaya and put us off the bus along with a couple who needed to get back to their ship pointing out that we could get a shuttle from there. That's not what we signed up and paid for. Also I had an issue with the description of the caves for the tour, I was very excited to see these and we signed up expecting to see the inside of the caves. - instead we saw what amounted to the foyer both caves are inaccessible on foot - you can only see the absolute entrance - beyond that there's nothing to see. Would I do it again? Probably not.