You could cruise to the Eastern Caribbean and spend all your time relaxing on white-sand beaches, shopping for souvenirs and exploring local landmarks. You’re certain to have a wonderful time whatever you do, but a sure way to make your visit all the more memorable is to take advantage of opportunities for shore excursions.
These diverse adventures include all the most fun things to do on every island, and the following 10 options are among the best Eastern Caribbean excursions you can imagine.
1. A Great Grand Turk Trio
Choose the Catamaran Sailaway, Beach & Snorkel excursion on Grand Turk and enjoy three amazing activities in one: a scenic sailing trip on a state-of-the art catamaran; a snorkel experience amid one of the island’s most beautiful coral reefs; and time to relax or play on a private white-sand beach.
You’ll also enjoy bottomless rum punch on the return leg of the sail, which follows the beautiful coast of St. Turk as a serene finale to an unforgettable day.
2. A Bucket-List Adventure on Half Moon Cay
If you’ve ever dreamed of riding horseback on a beautiful beach and through the gentle ocean waves along the shore, don’t miss the chance to book the Horseback Riding by Land & Sea on Half Moon Cay in The Bahamas. Start the adventure with an orientation, then ride up winding trails to the highest point on the island.
Take in unmatched views over nearby islands, then ride along the bay back to the corral. The final, most unforgettable part of the excursion follows – riding your steed into the ocean.
3. Soar Through the Air
St. Kitts is famous for its tropical rainforests, and there isn’t a more exciting way to explore them than on the Sky Safari Zip Lining excursion. The journey to the first of four zip lines is all part of the experience, offering great views of Brimstone Hill and Mount Liamuiga, and sometimes glimpses of monkeys in the trees.
You’ll also get views of the coastline as you soar through the canopy, riding 25 stories over the forest floor, above valleys and a stream on your way back down.
4. Explore a Colorful Underwater World
When you cruise to Princess Cays in The Bahamas, you can explore a pristine coral reef teeming with kaleidoscopic marine life during the Snorkeling at Princess Cays excursion.
Sail along the south coast of Eleuthera on a custom-built boat to reach the snorkel site, where an underwater world of old-growth brain and fan corals, sponges and urchins await just under the water’s surface. You’ll see colorful parrotfish and angelfish, lobsters, barracudas and sometimes visiting sea turtles and rays.
5. A Thrilling Discovery of a Natural Treasure
The Waterfalls of Damajagua shore excursion from Amber Cove is an unforgettable activity for fit and adventurous visitors to the Dominican Republic. The waterfalls of Rio Damajagua are a spectacular natural treasure hidden in the island’s mountains, accessible by a long hike up steep, rocky terrain.
The reward for the exertion of the hike is the chance to dive and swim in cool mountain pools, slide down nature’s water slides and scramble through narrow caverns and passageways.
6. Sail High Above the Caribbean Sea
Land on St. Thomas and you’re just minutes from a Parasail Adventure, which begins within walking distance of the cruise dock. Go out onto the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea on a custom parasail boat, then ride in tandem with a friend or family member, strapped securely to a sail.
Soar higher and higher above the boat’s flight deck until you’re over 400 feet in the air. Here, enjoy the amazing views and peaceful solitude until it’s time to come back down.
7. Discover a Pirates’ Haven and Nature Reserve
On St. Lucia, take the Segway, Sightseeing & Beach Fun excursion to the northwest coast to explore a nature trail around Mount Pimard via off-road Segway. Once a haven for pirates, the area features century-old ruins and exotic flora and fauna.
Continue with a sightseeing tour of the island by bus, featuring local landmarks and fascinating stories about St. Lucia’s history and culture. The journey ends with time to relax on the soft white sands of Reduit Beach.
8. The World’s Steepest Zip Line… And More!
St. Maarten boasts the world’s steepest zip line – “The Flying Dutchman” – along with the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, an inner-tube slide ride and additional zip lines on the spectacular slopes of Sentry Hill, its highest point.
Opt for the Flying Dutchman, Schooner Ride and Cano excursion to experience all of these adventures in one day. The Soualiga Sky Explorer takes you up and down the slopes in comfort, with panoramic views to enjoy as you ride.
9. Learn to Scuba Dive
There are few finer places to learn to scuba dive than Bermuda. Book the Discover Scuba Diving & Beach excursion and learn the basics of diving during an official PADI Discover Scuba Course designed for first-time divers.
After an introductory lesson, enjoy the thrill of a shallow-water dive over a colorful coral reef. The excursion also includes time on the beach and complimentary snorkel gear, so you can spend even more time underwater.
10. Encounter Gentle Stingrays
Visit the world-famous Stingray Village in Antigua during the Stingray Sensation shore excursion. This shallow area around a picturesque sandbar – which you reach via a short boat ride – attracts huge schools of wild, gentle stingrays.
Upon arrival you’ll get a life jacket and snorkel equipment, then get in the water to swim with the stingrays. If you wish, you may pet and feed these fascinating marine creatures as well.
Getting Excited About Shore Excursions?
There’s no need to wonder what to do during your cruise to the Eastern Caribbean – browse all the shore excursions available at every port and book amazing activities in advance. Whether it’s a family cruise, vacation with friends or a romantic getaway, there are ample great excursions to suit everyone.
Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.