We decided to try one of the ATV Moorea tours and are so glad we did! The tour was absolutely fantastic: we got to drive on both paved roads and in the mud all around the island, swing from banyan trees, see amazing vistas, and eat delicious ice cream. The guide was great and emailed us photos from the excursion a few days later. We highly recommend this tour, and be sure to upgrade to the extended route because the view at the end from Magic Mountain is the best part!
We did a 4×4 jeep safari excursion in Vaitape on Bora Bora. It was run by Tupuna and our tour guide was nice. We were very lucky that everyone else had cancelled because they expected rain, so we had a private tour on this trip. The ride up the mountain was incredibly bumpy and the shakiness of the video does not do justice to how rough the mud roads were. Check out our full review for more details!
The gorgeous Matira Beach in Bora Bora. Such an incredibly relaxing scene–the soothing water took all my worries away for a few minutes. A great place to meditate! Hopefully this 4K video can recreate some of that magic for you.
We stopped to see land crabs eat and fight over pink hibiscus flowers during our 4×4 excursion on Vaitape in Bora Bora. It was quite entertaining watching them steal the flowers and run away from each other. Enjoy the crab soap opera!
We were beginners skiing at Wachusett Mountain on the blue “Look Mom” trail in Massachusetts. It was much harder than the green trails but a lot of fun to ski. There were people of all levels going down the hill as you can tell from the videos.
Here’s video of our excursion to Trunk Bay in St John while our Norwegian Getaway cruise was docked in St Thomas. The excursion involved a 45 minute boat ride followed by a short bus to get to the beach. The beach was absolutely beautiful and definitely worth visiting. Whether you just want to lay on the beach or go snorkeling, you should make your way to Trunk Bay if you get the chance.
We did an excursion to Virgin Gorda during our stop on Tortola (British Virgin Islands) from the Norwegian Getaway cruise ship. This is one of the most unique beaches we’ve been too–massive boulders everywhere. Hiking the boulders between beaches was a lot of fun. It can get slippery so if you have water shoes, definitely bring them.
We went on an excursion to Rio Secreto during our Oasis of the Seas cruise to Cozumel and it was really amazing. It was about an hour traversing water in a cenote (about a mile and a half). The water wasn’t too deep, but there were several areas that were very, very, very tight. You can read the detailed account here.
The climb took us about 30 minutes. Something like this would probably not be available in the US because of liability issues (the rock can be slippery). However, the climb was relatively easy and took about 30 minutes. Definitely a lot of fun. You can read the detailed account here.
We did an off-road tour in a dune buggy and it was a lot of fun. We kind of “crashed” on one of the big jumps, but fortunately did not get hurt too bad. There was also a jump into the Jade Cavern cenote partway through the excursion. As you can probably tell from the video, the dune buggy ride is very, very bumpy.
We saw some amazing fish and other sea life at the aquarium in Boston. There were plenty of jellyfish, sharks, sting rays, turtles, penguins, seals, and more. The variety of fish there is incredible. They even have a mermaid’s purse where you can see a shark embryo grow and eventually hatch!!! The touch tank is another favorite where you can safely touch sting rays and sharks. We easily spent most of the day at this aquarium.
We went to Virgin Gorda in Tortola during our stop on the British Virgin Islands and it was one of the most unusual beaches we’ve ever been too. It was a field of gigantic boulders along the shore line surrounded by sand a beautiful blue water. Hiking in-between the boulders to move between beaches was a lot of fun. I guess you can think of it as the next level version of a pebble beach!
The famous beach at Trunk Bay in St John (US Virgin Islands) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Amazingly blue water, great sand, and not too many people. The green surrounding landscape and all the small islands are just beautiful as you can probably tell from our video. We spent a lot of time snorkeling in the water, but it’s a great place to go if you just want to tan as well. Trunk Bay is just a short boat and bus ride away from St Thomas.
We saw the “World Famous” Marching Flamingos at the zoo in the Bahamas. We were admiring how weird and cool the flamingos were, when they were all called in to perform in a show. It was fun watching them perform for the crowd, but my favorite part was just watching hang out. There were also other birds and animals at the Ardastra Gardens:
We went on an excursion to the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center in Nassau, Bahamas from a Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Getaway. We were lucky enough to arrive in time for parrot feeding. There was a lot of interaction time where we fed apples to the lory parrots. It was a lot of fun, but don’t let them get into your hair. There was a woman there who learned that the hard way when a parrot left a ‘surprise’ on her head.
The Crystal and Fantasy Caves are very beautiful. We had a great time exploring these caves in a guided tour. You can just do one of the caves if you like, but might as well see both since they are next to each other. We took a public bus, and walked to get there. You can read the detailed account here.
Labadee in Haiti has the longest over-water zip line in the world: Dragon’s Breath Flight Line. It’s quite high, and you end up going quite fast. The zoom on my camera may obscure just exactly how high and long the zip line is, so here are the numbers: it is 2,600 feet long and 500 feet high. You end up reaching speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour! You can read the detailed account here.
Royal Caribbean has outfitted some of its bigger ships with a zip line. The zip line is quite high: 9 decks high to be precise. It’s also about 80 feet long. It’s not the same as zip line for real where you have multiple legs, but as close as you’ll get on a cruise ship! You have to remember to have laced shoes with socks and your clothes can’t be wet. You can read the detailed account here.