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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.

MSC Cruises
 offer a Swim with the Dolphins excursion. Take a look at MSC Criuses in the Caribbean

2. Dunns River Falls & Inner-Tubing, Jamaica

Dunns River Falls
Enjoy a gentle journey down the White River on an inner-tube, taking in the stunning scenery while shaded from the warm sun. After this, visit Dunn's River Falls - one of Jamaica’s national treasures. The 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. 

You can visit the Dunns River Falls with Royal Caribbean
See all of Royal Caribbean's Caribbean cruises.

3. Mayan Ruins, Mexico

Add a bit of culture to your cruise by opting to take an excursion exploring San Gervasio - a historical site dating back to the pre-Columbian, Mayan era. An expert guide will show you around the ruins, which are found on the small island of Cozumel, talking you through the culture and traditions of the Mayan people. After the tour you will have the chance to relax on a beautiful, Mexican beach with white sands and clear waters, to properly rejuvenate after the time spent on your feet.

Royal Caribbean
 offer this option to learn about Mexican history. See all Royal Caribbean Caribbean cruises.

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.

Holland America Line offer this fantastic excursion. See all Holland America Line Caribbean cruises.

5. Parasailing, Cococay

Give in to your sense of adventure and consider parasailing in Royal Caribbean's exclusive island: Cococay. This is a fantastic way to truly see the majestic views that the island boasts, as you soar around 400 feet up in the sky above the sea. This excursion can be experienced with a friend or family member, as the parasail is designed for giving tandem flights. You will both be harnessed, and can feel confident in being safely swept through the air by the speed boat below.

Royal Caribbean
 can take you on a parasailing adventure. Have a look at Royal Caribbean's Caribbean cruises.

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.

Carnival Cruises
 offer the Bocawina Zipline excursion. See all Carnival Cruises Caribbean cruises.

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.

Carnival Cruises
 offer the chance for you to tour Antigua's skies. Take a look at all Carnival Caribbean cruises.

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.

Disney Cruise Line
 can take you to the Atlantis Resort. See all Disney Cruise Line Caribbean cruises.

9. Nellie's Beach Cabanas, Labadee

If you have had your fill of active excursions, or if simply a relaxed day at the beach is more your cup of tea, head to Nellie's Beach and chill out in one of the pretty cabanas. Choose a location either on the sand or over the water, and then set up camp for the day. These offer the perfect spot for spending time reading, chatting with new found friends, or even just watching the world go by while sipping a cocktail or cool, fresh juice.

Royal Caribbean
 will take you to your beautiful beach cabana. Browse through all Royal Caribbean Caribbean cruises.

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!

P&O Cruises
 offer a range of island tours. Take a look at P&O Cruises in the Caribbean.

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