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Top 10 Caribbean Shore Excursions

The Caribbean is the ultimate outdoor playground for shore excursions, and has everything you need for a perfect cruise holiday.  From snorkelling and sailing, to ziplines and beach escapes, every island is home to a new adventure. On a Caribbean cruise you can enjoy the combination of perfect white beaches, turquoise waters, and lush green mountains, along with cloudless blue skies and swaying palms.

1. Swimming With Dolphins

Dolphin swim
Swimming with dolphins is truly a once in a lifetime experience, and there is no better place to do it than in the Caribbean. Dolphins are one of the most amazing animals in the world, and to be this close to them is incredible. Under the guidance of professional trainers, you will be able to interact, swim, touch, ride, and even get your picture taken with these beautiful and intelligent animals. Most Caribbean islands offer this excursion; one of the most popular venues is at The Atlantis Hotel in The Bahamas.
Oasis of the SeasSwim with dolphins on: Oasis of the Seas

2. Dunns River Falls, Jamaica

Dunns River Falls
Dunns River Falls are Jamaica’s national treasure, and something not to be missed if your cruise stops here. The famous waterfall is 180 feet high and shaped like a giant staircase, with flowing water and lagoons in-between. The falls are lined with beautiful green vegetation and stunning flowers. Climbing the waterfall is led by tour leaders and it takes about one hour and a half to climb to the top, with short stops for photographs and videos. A unique and fun excursion that the whole family can enjoy. 

3. Snorkelling

Caribbean Snorkel
The Caribbean Sea boasts some of the most wonderful and colourful marine life anywhere, and the snorkelling conditions are perfect due to the warm and clear waters. Whether you want to see beautiful fish, sea turtles, or stingrays, you will find it all in the Caribbean. Due to the year-round tropical climate, the water will be warm and crystal clear, so don't forget your underwater camera! Lead by professional divers and excursion leaders, you will normally be taken out by boat to a perfect location to take advantage of the best spots. Some of the most popular islands for snorkelling include The Bahamas, Barbados, and The Cayman Islands.
P&O VenturaTry your hand at snorkelling and discover beautiful sealife on: P&O Ventura

4. The Pitons, St Lucia

The Pitons
The Pitons are two volcanic plugs situated in a World Heritage Site, on the beautiful island of St Lucia. They are stunning to see, and are one of the most photographed landmarks in the Caribbean. An excursion here will offer you the choice to visit the sights along with an interesting talk — or for the more adventurous, a climb up one of the pitons will give you some of the most awe-inspiring views to be seen.

5. Paradise Point Skyride, St Thomas

St Thomas Skyride
The St Thomas Skyride sweeps you up the side of one of the most beautiful Caribbean mountains. The ride takes around 15 minutes to get to the top, and the views on your journey up are fantastic. Once you reach the top you can see over the whole island, and you will be right above the harbour where the cruise ships dock - so be sure to take a camera! At the top you will find a bar, restaurants, souvenir shops, and a nature trail.

6. Belize Zipline

Belize Zipline
Belize is a place where your senses really come alive due to being one of the last genuinely unspoiled places on Earth. With pristine rainforests and scenery, there is no better way to experience it than on the Bocawina Zipline. It is within the top 10 longest ziplines in the world, and is a genuinely thrilling experience. Set within the 7,000 acres of pristine broadleaf forest, you will don your safety-wear and away you go! As you glide along the zipline marvel at the incredible scenery, including stunning forests and waterfalls. You'll even get close to the forest wildlife.

7. Antigua Helicopter Tour

Antigua Helicopter
Riding a helicopter over the Caribbean is one of the most memorable and fantastic experiences you can have. Enjoy the magnificent, panoramic views from high above in a personally guided helicopter ride. The tour starting from Antigua will fly over the idyllic island, allowing you take in remarkable views of other close-by islands, and the turquoise crystal clear sea.

8. Atlantis Resort, The Bahamas

Atlantis Bahamas
If your cruise stops in The Bahamas, you must visit this spectacular hotel and resort. Boasting one of the biggest aquariums in the world, an adventurous water park, stunning beaches, and beautiful grounds, it is definitely worth a visit. The water park is home to a slide that goes underneath a tank full of sharks, along with many other water rides. The aquarium boasts a huge variety of sea life, and allows you to walk under tunnels with fish swimming all around you! Take advantage of a day pass that will allow you to use the whole resort for one day.

9. Sailing

Caribbean Sailing
Sailing over the teal and turquoise waters of the Caribbean is beautiful, and takes you to a state of pure relaxation. There are various different sailing excursions available, including catamaran sailings, sail boat trips, and sunset sailings. In Aruba you can enjoy the Aruba Sunset Catamaran Cruise which offers guests a beautiful sunset evening sail.  Or, for the ultimate sailing experience, try the Grand Cayman Catamaran Dinner Cruise, which offers guests a three course dinner while floating on the gentle, clear Caribbean waters.

10. Island Tours

Caribbean Island
This is an excursion you are bound to find on every Caribbean island, and is always an excellent way to see the islands for all they have to offer. Most city tours will be hosted on a coach, although some islands offer them on boats or open-top mini busses. The Caribbean has an abundance of culture and beauty, so an island tour at at least one of your Caribbean stops is a must. The tour guides are always fun, and offer exciting and interesting talks in true Caribbean style! Many city tours will include stops at local cafes and restaurants, so you can experience traditional food and cultural practices!