La Isla Margarita, known as the “Pearl of the Caribbean,” is situated 23 miles north east of the mainland of Venezuela. The main attraction of this island in the Caribbean Sea is its many beautiful, pristine beaches. Margarita Island is divided into two sections tenuously linked by a sand spit. Over 300,000 people live on the island, most of them in the eastern part where the capital of Asuncion and the shopper’s paradise of Porlamar are located. View more
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Enjoy a relaxed and complete half-day tour, which allows you to learn about the customs, history and life style in Margarita, narrated by the best tourist guides of the island.
Leisurely Margarita is the ideal island sightseeing tour, designed to show you the major attractions of Isla Margarita from the comfort of your air-conditioned motor coach. The tour has limited walking involved, making it a rewarding and fulfilling experience while warding off heat and discomfort.
Isla Bonita View Point
Leaving the arid terrain near the harbour, drive along the coastline past the village of Tacuantar; a rebuilt rendition of a Caribbean town and the scenic portion of the coast. Stop for photos at the point view Isla Bonita. Continue on, pass by the capital of the state, La Asuncion, with its shady Bolivar square and the small cathedral, one of the oldest churches in Venezuela.
During the drive, your professional tour guide will point out the sights and explain their significance. Make a comfort stop with some time to browse or shop. Approximately two hours into the tour, pass by the quaint village of Pampatar and the Fort of St. Carlos Borromeo, built during colonial times to protect the town. See the modern buildings and wide avenues of Porlamar, the main city of Margarita island. A stop will be made for a welcome drink at Guayoyo Café, offering a wonderful panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.
Following this stop, re-join your coach for the return drive to the harbour and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not wheelchair accessible. We suggest guests dress in light-weight comfortable clothing, flat, walking shoes and use sun protection. The order of sites visited may vary. The tour coaches must park approximately 220 yards, (200 metres) from the ship's gate at the port of El Guamache.
Join the adventure in the lagoons, lakes and mangroves of the National Park by 2-person kayak, on this half-day tour.
Kayaking at the National Park is great fun for guests who are in good physical condition and love nature. Leaving El Guamache port by air-conditioned van or jeep, travel approximately 45 minutes to the Peninsula de Macanao, located in a remote area on the western side of Isla Margarita. Along the way, you may see a variety of bird species and vegetation in the area.
Upon arrival at the kayak camp, receive instructions, a safety briefing along with your lifejackets and paddles, before departing on your adventure. Once all guests have embarked their kayaks, your guide shows you the way along the lagoons and into the mangrove areas. Keep a sharp eye for spotting a variety of birds and marine life. Common to the area are earwigs, pelicans, great blue heron and chicuaco, to name a few. You may spot a starfish or a seahorse along with many juvenile fish that use the mangroves as their nursery.
After approximately 90 minutes of kayaking, return to the camp for light refreshments before re-joining your transport for the return ride to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves extensive activity and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. Guests must wear their lifejackets throughout the duration of the kayak portion of this tour. Previous kayaking experience is helpful, but not necessary. We recommend guests wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, water shoes, polarised sunglasses and plenty of sun protection.
Enjoy a relaxing scenic boat ride at La Restinga Lagoon National Park during this half-day tour; a must for guests who love to get close to nature.
Depart from the pier in your air-conditioned coach for the drive to La Restinga National Park, escorted by a professional guide that will narrate about Margarita and what you may expect to encounter during your boat trip. Your destination is the mangrove forest at La Restinga National Park, one of the natural wonders of Margarita.
Upon arrival, board the small, licensed boats and ride among the trees of the sprawling forest. You can get close to and enjoy the exuberance of nature and have ample opportunity to see the bird life, flora and marine diversity of this unique ecosystem.
After visiting this unique forest in the water, continue to the Museo Marino, where samples of the marine life of the Caribbean are displayed for a better understanding of the mangroves diversity.
Following this visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier..
Note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking; approximately 65 feet (20 metres) at La Restinga Lagoon and several step to negotiate. Participating guests must be agile enough to embark and disembark the small boats from a wooden pier. Depending upon current water levels, this may require a high step. The boat drivers do not speak English, your guide will brief you on the coach en route to the park. We suggest guests wear lightweight comfortable clothing, flat, rubber-soled shoes, and sun protection. All participants must wear a lifejacket while on board the boat. The tour coaches must park approximately 220 yards, (200 metres) from the ship's gate at the port of El Guamache.
Enjoy your day soaking in the warm sun, swimming in the clear waters and refreshing yourself at the open bar aboard your catamaran, during this full-day outing.
Depart the pier for the approximate 20-minute drive to the port of Punta de Piedras to board your catamaran. Set sail along the coast enjoying the ocean breezes before a stop is made at a nearby sunken ferry. Donning your snorkelling equipment, slip into the clear, warm water and enjoy an abundance of marine life that thrives around this artificial reef location.
Following your approximate one hour of snorkelling on the sunken ferry, re-board your vessel for the cruise over to a lovely beach in Cubagua for more sun and sea. Cubagua was located in Nueva Cadiz, the first city founded by the conquistadors in the New World. It later gained fame as a centre of diving for pearls. Large oyster beds thrived in the clean waters around Cubagua, but unbridled exploitation completely depleted them. The city was later destroyed by a tidal wave leaving part of the ruins submerged near the coast.
The ocean waters and the soft white sands of Cubagua are the perfect combination for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing. During your stay at the beach, take a walk along the isolated shoreline, relax, or get back in the water. Chairs and small tables are set along the beach to rest and enjoy your lunch along with unlimited drinks from the open bar.
After approximately 4 hours on the Cubagua beach, sail back to Punta de Piedras pier and re-board your transport for the return ride to the port and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves moderate activity and is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not wheelchair accessible. Guests entering the water to snorkel or swim, must be in good physical condition and able to swim in water too deep to stand. We suggest guests wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, beach shoes, ample sun protection and bring a towel from the ship.
Experience the history and culture of Margarita Island during this half-day tour that combines sightseeing with adventure.
Depart the pier in your air-conditioned van or Land Rover for the approximate one-hour drive to La Sierra. La Sierra is located in Cerro el Copey National Park at the northern part of Margarita Island, and is the highest mountainous formation of the island. The peak of this mountain is called Cerro Grande at 3,050 feet (930 metres) above sea level. Driving to the top of the mountain range; take in the wonderful panorama of the lush hills and valleys below.
El Castillo de Santa Rosa
Continue on to the capital of Margarita, La Asuncion, a small cozy city located in the centre of the island. It was founded in 1565 by Pedro Cervantes de Albornoz. One of the main landmarks in La Asuncion is El Castillo de Santa Rosa. It is a fort located on a hill from where you can see the city and the sea on the horizon. The main function of the fort was to protect the city from pirates and other enemies at the time. A visit will be made to the fort, which is now a museum.
Plaza La Asuncion
Leaving the fort, drive to Plaza La Asuncion for approximately 30-minutes of free time to browse the area or relax and have a coffee on your own. Rejoining your guide, drive to the light house, passing by the old fishing town of Pampatar en route.
On the outskirts of the town of Pampatar and rising over the area of La Caranta, stands 'Faro de Pampatar', the Pampatar Lighthouse. As both a working naval base and a scenic viewpoint, the lighthouse offers one of the most spectacular outlooks on the island with a 360° panoramic view. Climb to the top to witness a landscape of mountains and beaches set on the Caribbean Sea, a perfect photo opportunity.
Following this visit, rejoin your transport for the approximate one-hour ride back to El Guamache harbour, passing by the scenic towns and villages along the way.
Please note: This tour involves moderate activity and is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not wheelchair accessible. The climb to the top of the lighthouse is optional. We suggest guests wear lightweight comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protection. The order of the sites visited may vary.