So Many Fun Caribbean Water Sports And Activities
On our Caribbean cruise with Oceania Cruises, we enjoyed so many fun Caribbean water sports and activities. We were still not fully comfortable travelling during the pandemic, so we chose our port day excursions with care.
The great thing about cruising in the Caribbean was the variety in options for outdoor fun. We packed our snorkel gear for the trip and planned cruise port excursions that got us in the water.
We started our Caribbean water adventures with snorkelling in St Barts. On our visit to Antigua, we booked a champagne and lobster catamaran trip. In St Maarten, we again boarded a catamaran for snorkelling and a beach break. On the last day of our Caribbean cruise, we enjoyed a fun beach day on Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. We took advantage of the sun, sand and blue waters of the Caribbean every chance we could.
Snorkelling In St Barts
The first port stop on our Caribbean cruise was in Gustavia, St Barts. We visited Gustavia many times before and knew there was much to do on the island. But on this visit, we planned a short excursion and went snorkelling.
Our cruise ship was anchored in the harbour. After a brief tender ride to the dock, we got on the inflatable RHIB boat and headed back out into the bay. Despite the many good snorkel and dive sights on St Barts, we did not go far. The large rocks at Gros Islet gave us a view of our ship at anchor.
The area around Gros Islet was part of the Marine Reserve created in 1996. The lee of the rocks was pretty protected but the snorkel leaders reminded people to stay together. And we were told not get too close to the rocks. We did not have high expectations for seeing much on this snorkel trip.
Gros Islet Outside Of Gustavia Harbour
As we snorkelled along, we found much to see under the water. Along the rocks we found coral. And schools of fish swam past. We were most fascinated with the groups of squids we found. Especially as we watched them change colour.
Our snorkel leader kept his eyes peeled for interesting things for us to see. As I bobbed along on top of the water, David took deep breaths and dived down and explored the lower depths.
Our snorkel trip lasted about an hour. We enjoyed the time in the water and were happy we saw some things in this spot so close to the harbour. Our first cruise excursion for fun Caribbean water sports and activities had us excited for our other planned water outings.
A Catamaran Trip In Antigua
We have loved our many cruising stops in Antigua. With 365 beaches, there were a lot of fun Caribbean water sports and activities to enjoy. We last visited Antigua on a stop our our way to cruise around South America. We so much enjoyed our champagne and lobster catamaran excursion that we booked it again on this Caribbean cruise.
On this second catamaran excursion in Antigua, we were on the Explorer catamaran with Mystic Cruises. The great crew welcomed us all onboard and we set off up the coastline. There was much to see as we moved along. And when the wind was right, the sails were raised.
Champagne and Lobster On Our Excursion
The catamaran was anchored in a still bay and we were joined by one of the other Mystic Cruises boats. It was a great spot and we got off the catamaran and enjoyed the water fun.
While we played in the water, the crew grilled up a tasty lobster lunch. The lunch was served with champagne, local Carib beer and the local rum. With a view out over the water, it was a lovely al fresco meal.
Our catamaran made a couple of beach stops and then headed back to port. Our champagne and lobster catamaran trip was another great one of the Caribbean water sports and activities we enjoyed.
Fun Caribbean Water Sports And Activities In St Maarten
One of the best Caribbean water sports and activities we ever enjoyed was our day crewing one of the America’s Cup 12 Metre racing sailboats. While that excursion was available on our Caribbean cruise, we chose to do another catamaran adventure. Even without the champagne and lobster feast.
We did a short walk from the dock in Philipsburg in St Maarten to the Golden Eagle catamaran. Our first stop was in a sheltered cove for snorkelling. When we pulled up we saw a few other boats anchored. But by the time we left, the bay was full of people in the water.
Our catamaran had a great ladder and we easily got in and headed towards the shore first. On the rocks we found a little coral and some small schools of fish. Less interested in this, we headed back to the main underwater attraction.
We hovered over the area and saw the sunken helicopter. When David dove deeper, he discovered other treats. It was easy to recognize a cannon, a Neptune statue and the shell of a submersible.
We had a lot of fun snorkelling before we re-boarded the catamaran.
Fun Caribbean Water Sports And Activities In St Maarten
With our first snorkelling stop done, the crew raised the sails and we headed out. As we moved along the coastline, we enjoyed the variety of views we got. It felt great to be out on the water in St Maarten.
Our next stop was anchored off a large sand beach. This spot had a long a strip of homes and resorts but the beach was almost empty when we arrived. It was a good stop for a beach break for us.
With nothing but sand around, we left our snorkel gear on the boat. So just we got in the water and paddled around. When the crew brought a cooler of drinks to the beach, we headed in and picked up our cold Carib beers. What could be more decadent than drinking beer as we floated in the Caribbean Sea?
When our time was up, the anchor on the Golden Eagle catamaran was pulled up and we headed back to the dock. Definitely a perfect day for fun Caribbean water sports and activities in St Maarten.
A Beach Day At Great Stirrup Cay In Bahamas
The last port stop on our Caribbean cruise provided a fun beach day on the private island of Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. This private island is owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines and it meant that Oceania Cruises guests got to enjoy the island retreat. Since we were the only cruise ship docked that day, we found vast stretches of empty sand and loungers!
There was a lot to do on the island. And other excursions that took people off the island. But we loved the idea of a relaxing day at the beach. We took our snorkel gear and were delighted when we found the Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden underwater.
The lighthouse provided a pretty set of colourful underwater murals. And was the base that many people used to launch onto the zipline.
A day at the beach on Great Stirrup Cay was the perfect way to enjoy some Caribbean water sports and activities.
Fun Caribbean Water Sports And Activities Kept Us Busy On Our Caribbean Cruise
On other cruising voyages, we visited many of the ports included on our Caribbean cruise. On those visits we enjoyed tours and land activities. But on this trip, we really wanted to be outdoors. And took advantage of the many Caribbean water sports and activities available.
We had amazing sunny and hot weather for our whole cruise. What could be better than enjoying a break from winter in Canada?
What fun Caribbean water sports and activities have you enjoyed?
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