Barbados Turtle Snorkel – Sandy Lane
When the turtle encounter was over, the no charge bar was open. A number of variations using Mount Gay Rum were available, as well as soft drinks and cold beer. Our tour members weren’t shy about drinking. Next we pulled up at a beach beside the Sandy Lane, an exclusive beachfront hotel where Tiger Woods got married. Lodging there starts at $2,500 a night. The beaches are all public in Barbados, which means you can walk right beside the hotel lounge chair. Strange for hotel guests to share the beach with a boat full of tourists wandering the beach with plastic cups filled with rum. Meanwhile reggae music was blasting from our catamaran. The beach was lovely.
Touching Green Sea Turtle
Barbados Turtle Snorkel – Party Time
On the way back to the harbor, watching the continual flow of liquor was interesting if not baffling. I’m sure some people had around 10 drinks a piece. When they were docking the boat at the end of the tour, people were still ordering rum and fruit punch. My only criticism of the Princess tour is the number of people. It’s difficult to experience the turtles when there are 60 – 80 people all trying to get a view at the same time. I’d recommend a smaller group tour, such as that offered by Cool Runnings.