Apart from the climate, culture and beautiful beaches, it is the fascinating shore excursions that help make the Caribbean islands some of the most popular cruise destinations in the world.

Here are our favourite shore excursions for your next Caribbean cruise:

1. Scuba Diving in Bonaire

Scuba diving in the Bonaire Marine Park

Swimming anywhere in the Caribbean sea is experience, but most beautiful coral reefs and diverse marine life in the region can be found off the shore of Bonaire.

The island is surrounded by the Bonaire Marine Park – a protected zone that ensures the reef is completely untouched and unspoiled. With more than 80 diving points around the island, it is no surprise that Bonaire is ranked in the top four diving spots in the world.

Read more about what the ABC islands have to offer

2. Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

Trinidad and Tobago have one of the biggest Carnivals in the world, and a truly must-see celebration of soca and calypso music, colourful costumes, stickfighting and limbo.

After a long and exciting build up in the weeks leading up to Carnival,  the street parade takes place on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, March 7th and 8th 2011

3. Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica

Dunn's River Falls

Walking up the Dunn’s River Falls, near Ochi Rios in Jamaica is an all-time caribbean favourite.
Every year thousands of visitors make the journey up the beautiful 600-foot falls, with water gushing over their feet. While it’s not recommended for the infirm, it is an experience you will not forget.

Read more about what Jamaica has to offer

4. Afternoon Tea at the Sunbury Plantation, Barbados

Sunbury Plantation, Bridgetown Barbados

Soak up the history of the Caribbean by having afternoon English tea at the Sunbury Plantation, taking you back to the Barbados of 300 years ago.
In the town of Bridgetown, Sunbury was once a thriving plantation which has been lovingly restored with 18th and 19th century antiques and furniture of the period.

5. Tubing on the Layou River, Dominica

Tubing on the Layou River, Dominica

The Layou River is the longest and largest of Dominica’s 365 rivers. It is the perfect setting for an exciting tubing ride through lush tropical rain forests and under overhanging cliffs.

Each person has their own tube to cascade down the river, manoeuvring through bubbling rapids, hitting rocks and spinning away.



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