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This tour was awesome. I can't understand the expectations of anyone who rates this tour anything other than 5 star. Dwight was our guide and he was great! From the moment they picked us up in their new clean air conditioned van we had a blast. For some good food, culture and history I would highly recommend this tour and this group led by Dwight.
Our tour guide was 45 minutes late but she kept in contact with us so I do not feel this effected our experience. The stop at the fish market where Daniel made conch salad was very entertaining and fun. Four in the group have a shell fish allergy and they were very careful not to cross contaminate.
When we went to the tea place she was very knowledgeable about what each tea was good for health issues but we felt like making sales were their main mission. The samples were very small and we were crowded in a room. Would have been nice to have bigger samples while she explains the teas and then made the offer if we wanted to purchase.
The rum cake place was also small and crowded and the samples were very small. No explanation of how they are made or any history of the cakes.
We were back to the fish market for lunch which was delicious but the dessert was conch fritters and there was no substitute for our shell fish allergy. We asked if we could get an extra piece of fish and he looked at us like we were crazy.
We loved the fort and our guide there was very knowledgeable.
Our tour guide for the food and history was great at giving us lots of history. We all felt there could have been more food on the tour.
I can't say enough about the great service from Antonia and the staff on the tour. We had a small van driven by Antonia for my family of four. They communicated well before the tour and regarding pick up times. During the tour, with one other van, we stopped for Conch Salad, local natural medicines, rum cakes, a fort and a beachside lunch.
What made the tour really exceptional was Antonia sharing the history, culture and daily life of the island as we toured between stops. She was really knowledgeable and provided outstanding customer service.
I would recommend this tour for any first time visitor to the island it is a great way to get your bearings both geographically and culturally. It is also a great tour for those who visit often and want to have a relaxed day with deep local connections.
the tour was actually a disappointment for 400 bucks 3 adults 2 children we got the same information from our bus driver, cost of which were included in vacation package transfers. With that said, this tour was for the most part an exercise in taking you to small businesses that would use the stop to sell you there products, so in all likely hood the tour driver and the merchants she drove us to have some sort of relationship. The food on the trip was less than extraordinary, half cup of a 5 oz cup of beer, about 1/4 oz in 3 cups of bush tea, a 5 oz of conch salad, 3 thin slices of rum cake about 2 x 2 and chicken wings and rice we drove by 2 forts that would have been more interesting to see and hear about. I think more stops related to the island culture and it's peoples, would have been better than the very obvious taking tourist to merchants who were selling their products. Just my point of view
This was the best tour -- from beginning to end. My family of four adults had our own mini van and tour guide, the owner Antonia. She made sure we knew all about the island and took us to make conch salad with a real pro. The local beer was wonderful too!. With Antonia and Dwight we visited Fort Charlotte, had the coconut drink, went to the rum cake factory, and the tea company. Here we learned all about the best teas and cures for our health issues!! Sandy knew all about the native plants and their purposes. Our tour ended with a sit down dinner where we sampled all kinds of native dishes. No one was hungry after this tour!!! Oh -- they picked us up on the dock where our ship docked and took us back -- door to door service on the entire trip!!! This tour is a MUST DO!!!
EVERYONE should do this tour! We had been to Nassau before and walked around a lot on our own. The reviews for this were compelling, so we signed up - and glad we did. Dwight and Sandi navigated us to interesting places and amazing tastey treats, with a lot of interaction and Bahamian history and cultural sprinkles thrown in. We had conch when we were here last time and hated it rubber and yucky. They took us to a conch salad award winner, extolled the benefits of FRESH and proved that conch not only should be tender, but also delicious. We went to the rum cake factory, where we had been before, but under their guidance tasted better and worth purchasing. We went to a 'bush medicine' tea shop and have a lot of expectations from our purchases there! A tour of a fort and its history, a yummy - yet culturally inspired - lunch....there's more to share, but you gotta go on this trip to find out. Enveloping a fine experience is the back and forth of Dwight and Sandi who are welcoming, sharing of the Bahamian way and making sure you go away as proud to be in the Bahamas with them as they are to be citizens. I now look at the Bahamian flag, seen from my hotel window, and appreciate what it means. A really awesome tour, even if you've done Nassau on your own. Nassau is better through Sandi's and Dwight's knowledgeable eyes.
Dwight and Sandi were excellent! We not only got to try a lot of delicious food, conch salad, sky juice, kalik beer, rum cake, island teas and rice and peas. We learned a lot about Nassau and over the hill. This is an extremely intimate experience and is always a small tour but I had a wonderful time and would do it again!
I have taken 7 cruises, and thus many, many excursions, and this tour ranks right up there in the top 3 of all time. Dwight and two very nice ladies took wonderful care of us, as we were able to not only hear a bit of Nassau history from locals, but also sample food and drink from off-the-wall spots that most visitors would never find.
The highlight spot of our entire cruise was a little shack under the bridge where a very talented native prepared an extremely fresh conch salad right in front of our eyes, with conch that we personally pulled from the shells. Not only entertaining, but quite delicious, and I never dreamed I would enjoy the taste of conch........fresh is everything, according to Dwight.
I could say much more, but just let me summarize by saying this was the best value for the money of any excursion I have ever taken, and I could not have been more pleased with our guides.
Paul and Lisa Riggs