The Ardastra Gardens & Zoo in Nassau, Bahamas is home to a group of talented Caribbean flamingos who march and pose at their trainer’s command. At this quaint and friendly zoo, you’ll also encounter rainbow lorikeets, black swans, and Madagascar lemurs, among other small animals.
View from Magic Mountain
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!
Pod of big eagle rays in Bora Bora
There was a pod of eagle rays that kept going in and out of formation while we were snorkeling above them. We saw them during our first Pure Reef Snorkeling excursion, and then again during our second tour.
Bumpy ride into the mountain in Bora Bora
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!
Chasing a snowflake eel
I followed this snowflake moray eel for a few minutes because it was quite cool. If I didn’t know better, I’d think it was a snake on land. I’m just glad it didn’t decide to swim up to me. This was during one of our Pure Reef Snorkeling excursions in Bora Bora.
Crabs stealing flowers from each other
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!
Our excursion to Trunk Bay from the Norwegian Getaway
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 went off-road with a dune buggy in the jungle
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.
Flamingos can apparently be trained
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 got to feed parrots in the Bahamas
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.
Gorgeous caves in Bermuda
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.