February 12, 2014
I was picked up at 9.00 a.m as scheduled and was first on the bus.
However, the driver spent the next 45 minutes picking up and waiting for patrons at hotels and other resorts
I took this tour on previous visits to the Bahamas and by comparison this was by far the worse in terms of information and sightseeing. The Garden of the Groves was the first stop. That was an hour guided tour. Following that there were two other stops ; one at Caribbean Lighthouse Souvenir Factory Showroom and the other at an open air market. Both were enjoyable and allowed for shopping.
The remainder of the time we sat on the bus.. There was a fairly good information about the inhabitants of Millionaires Row. However, there was mention of a village inhabited by original Blacks as one enters the area , yet there was quite a lot of information given of the individual whose family whose family was an original inhabitant who contributed to the Grand Bahama Island. He is now deceased but family members continue to live there in their original environment.
I am a Christian. I realized that the driver was expressing cultural views of the Bahamas but there was a a long "sermon" about religion which in my opinion was like trying to convert others. It was obvious that some felt uncomfortable and started talking amongst themselves.
The driver was pleasant and polite. I just wish there were other stops. Many of us learn best by seeing and therefore leaves a greater impact than just listening.
I know that there is a lot to see and appreciate on Grand Bahama Island. This was a good opportunity for the tour guide to promote the City and he failed to do this in my opinion.
There are many beachfront resorts. Although some mention was made of the beach but a first time visitor did not get full impact.
This was a paid tour but did not live up to my expectation. Every tour guide is different and another will give a different experience.
Nova Scotia, Canada
February 12, 2014