This was our second trip to St. Kitts and we made no plans at all. We decided to walk off the ship and see what happened. We passed a few taxi drivers and guides, some pushy, some not so much. We kept going and then ran into Troy. He was nice and polite but of course a salesman, too, which is fine. He said we could see some sights for only $25 each and said he is "on TripAdvisor". Being a TripAdvisor member for 8 years I know being "on" means nothing but "ratings" mean a whole lot more. I told Troy I'd think about it and decided to walk over to the free wifi spot and look him up to see if he was really "on" TripAdvisor and here he was. I also know rank isn't everything since new companies don't have as many ratings to push them up. But all of his ratings were great so we decided to give it a go. We went back over, signed up for the 10:30am, open air bus with Trevor as our driver and off we went.
That was just the beginning of what turned out to be a great day. Our bus ride was fun. It accommodates 12 people but we only had 8. Trevor was an excellent driver and guide being both personable and friendly. We passed lots of sights and I took many pictures along the way. Just a sampling of them are posted here. I have to admit that at first I wasn't thrilled about going "shopping" at the batik factory. I like to see and do things rather than shop but this turned out to be one of the many highlights for me. The ladies who work there were lovely and helpful and seem to be able to look at you and tell you what size you need. It worked for me and my husband. :) I've always loved batiks and seeing one lady working on one brought back memories of when I was a teenager and tried my hand at this art. My husband bought a great shirt and I got a beautiful, bright, simple bathing suit cover up. And Trevor provided us with a drink at the end - some got their included drink before going inside. A beer, rum and coke, or water is included for your fare.
We were dropped off at a really cool little beach if we were interested and Trevor would pick us up at the time of our choice. This was not a set time for the entire bus which was absolutely great. The others were on a ship that left at 3 and ours didn't leave until 5. We asked where the best place was to eat. Trevor said right there at the shipwreck. He wasn't kidding. We ordered both a chicken and fish platter and shared...and ate every single bite. YUM!!! Great food. If you think this beach is too narrow and crowded for you, go for a walk to the right. We went to the end and there were very few people along the way and the beach gets wider as you get near the end.
We asked Trevor to be back for us at 3pm. We went out to the parking lot a few minutes early and there he was at the designated spot.
I would happily and confidently spend the day with Island Safari Tours again doing this same tour. Or maybe I'll have them take us on a round trip hike up a mountain which they said could be arranged ahead of time.
We really loved the open air bus but of course it was January. Troy also has an air-conditioned van if you prefer that type of transportation. But even in the summer with the breeze blowing through the open air vehicle I think it would be a comfortable outing.
Get off your ship early and sign up with Troy. he'll put a wrist band on you. then you can wander around all the shops and bars in the immediate area and just show up at your designated time for your fun day to begin.
I really liked both of these guys. Looking back at my pictures I was surprised at how much we saw and did in just 5 fun and relaxing hours.
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