My family of four (including two girls, ages 14 and 8) booked the Mangrove Paddle directly with GroundSea. We met Alex at the shop and we’re on our way from the port shortly after. Our driver, Derrick, shared information about the island’s history and has a great sense of humor. The drive to the lagoon is beautiful.
Because we had an odd number of people in our party, Derrick was invited to join us. It was an amazing experience. The mandrakes themselves are interesting; we learned about their ecological importance and the ongoing efforts to protect the lagoon from development. While out on the water, we saw the most amazing jellyfish and were able to hold them without being stung. We happened to see a few baby sharks, which was exciting. There were a variety of other small fish around the lagoon.
The experience was well worth the price. If we could change anything at all, we would be sure to take sunscreen and bottled water out on the kayaks with us. We were out longer than we expected!
I highly recommend booking an experience with GroundSea. As someone who has cruised with Disney multiple times, I found our adventure to be far better than any port excursions we’ve booked through Disney Cruise Line. If we return to Tortola again, we’ll definitely book kayaking or paddle boarding with GroundSea again.