You can easily explore all of Gustavia during a two-hour stroll. Some shops close from noon to 3 or 4, so plan lunch accordingly, but stores stay open past 7 in the evening. Parking in Gustavia is a challenge, especially during vacation times. A good spot to park is rue de la République, alongside the catamarans, yachts, and sailboats.
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Experience St. Barts up-close during this scenic ATV adventure tour. See both the windward and leeward sides of the island, admire the views and capture the memory with some great photo opportunities.
Meet your instructor after a short walk from the pier and listen to a safety and itinerary briefing. After being fitted with your mandatory helmet, board your ATV and follow the guide north along the leeward coast.
Continue to St. Jean via the famous Col de la Tourente and head up Morne Tourtertelle, overlooking the Salines beach area. En route, your guide explains about the areas salt ponds and the island's salt industry, which served as St. Barts primary industry until the mid-1950's.
Proceed along the windward side of the island, savouring the dramatic views of Grand Fond, dominated by the Atlantic Ocean and 938-foot (280-metre)-high Morne Vitet. In Toiny, leave the main road and take the narrow path to Petit Cul de Sac Beach.
A steep climb brings you to the villages of Mariot and Lorient with magnificent panoramas of the countryside.
Once back in town you may be required to walk the perimeter of the harbour to return to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity and is for guests in good physical condition only. There are inherent risks associated with participating in this tour. It is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with heart or respiratory conditions, leg, knee, neck, back problems, or limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests will be evaluated prior to participation, by the tour leader; if determined not to be in acceptable physical condition to safely operate and maintain control of the ATV on the surfaces you will be encountering, participation will be denied and a 50% fee will be charged. This tour requires the completion of an acknowledgement that a safety briefing has been provided prior to departing on the ATV. Participation will be denied to anyone who does not sign the acknowledgement. This tour is priced per ATV, two guests per vehicle. Only one person in your party need reserve the vehicle and charges may be split between suites on board. When requesting this tour online, please indicate the number of vehicles desired and not the number of guests participating. Maximum weight per ATV is 330 pounds (150 kilograms or 23.5 stone). ATV drivers must bring a valid driver's license and a credit card for the 2000 Euro deductible in the event of damages to the ATV or property. Minimum age for drivers is 18 year; minimum passenger age is 12. Wear light-weight, clothing and flat comfortable, rubber-soled shoes; flip-flops are not allowed. At the conclusion of the tour you may be dropped at the far side of the harbour where a walk of 0.25 miles (410 metres) may be required to arrive at the ship. Taxis are available for those that do not wish to make this walk; please bring USD to pay for these optional taxis.
Enjoy a panoramic ride around this tiny island and discover the many hidden beauties for which St. Barts has become famous.
Minibus 'taxis' with drivers who speak varying degrees of English with a heavy French-West-Indian accent, take you on a drive through St. Barts. The first stop, at Le Col de la Tourmente, overlooks the most popular beach, St. Jean Beach and the island's airport. The taxis then follow take the road to Salines (salt ponds), an industrial area of the island. At one time St. Barts exported salt all over the Caribbean.
After Salines, your driver will go through Petite Salines, the only place on the island where you cannot see the ocean, and continue to Grand Fond. The view is breathtaking, with the road overlooking the green valley and the raging ocean breaking on the shoreline. It is very windy, and the landscape is very different from the rest of the island. Only a few years ago, Grand Fond was the cattle center for St. Barts, home not only to many cows, but also goats and sheep.
Continue on the road along the coast to see the house that belonged to the famous Russian dancer, Rudolf Nureyev. It is located right on the rocks facing the ocean. Pass Petit-Cul de Sac (small salt pond) and Grand Cul de Sac with its large lagoon and many hotels and resorts. It is here that the 24-hour windsurf regatta is held in August each year. Continue to Marigot, famous for its wine shop, La Cave, that has in stock over 300,000 bottles of wine, ranging from the cheapest to the most rare and expensive. Then continue to L'Orient and its two flower-filled cemeteries.
Passing La Vigie and Coupe Gorge, your vehicles return to the St. Jean area before taking the road to Corossol, once famous for its women who wore traditional white bonnets and were known for weaving straw hats and baskets. Please note that this does not exist anymore, despite what is written in the guidebooks. After climbing the last hill, your taxi returns to Gustavia. Depending on traffic conditions, the taxis will either stop in the parking lot next to the pier or in town at the main taxi station.
Please note: This tour involves a minimum amount of walking; however, guests must be able to climb in and out of a minibus taxi. This is not a guided tour; it is an orientation drive of the island. Your driver may speak only rudimentary English. The cost of this tour is based upon 6 guests in each van as opposed to 8 as standard for other cruise lines. The cost of this tour reflects the lower occupancy of the vehicles.
Discover St. Barts by sea as you sail aboard an island catamaran that whisks you away to a secluded bay on this scenic, relaxing outing.
Walk along the pier to your awaiting catamaran and climb aboard. As you motor out of the harbour, admire the resident mega yachts and the scenic coastline, before raising the sails.
Head towards Pointe de Colombier and its shelter bay and drop anchor upon arrival. Enjoy your time in the bay, the way you wish. You can swim, sunbathe or just relax with a good book under the shade of the bimini. Sip a cool drink as the friendly crew offer water, soft drinks, and rum punch.
At the appointed time, the catamaran re-traces its course back to the harbour in Gustavia.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of activity, however guests wishing to swim from the boat to the beach must be good physical condition. Guests wishing to swim should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up and bring a towel from the ship. Participants should be in good health and a comfortable swimmer to enter the water. Any swimming is unsupervised and at your own risk. Participation is limited. The catamaran anchors in a bay and swimming is from the boat. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather and sea conditions. Guests will be required to remove their shoes prior to boarding the vessel.
Explore the underwater world surrounding St. Barts from the comfort of a semi-submersible boat. The boat remains on the water's surface, while stairs lead you down into the hull, surrounded with glass viewing windows. Take in the scenes without getting wet on this under-the-sea adventure.
Walk from the pier to the awaiting semi-submersible submarine and gather on the main deck for a safety briefing. Cruising out of the main harbour, remain top-side or descend into the hull of the sub. As you reach the entrance of Gustavia's harbour, you may see some of the many green turtles known to reside in the area. Pass over the wreck of the 50-feet (15-metre) island freighter Marignan, sunk during the famous hurricane 'Luis' in 1995. On the way to your next stop, the vessel crosses the south-east edge of the St. Barts Marine Park, where the sea is full of colourful coral reefs, gently 'invaded' by troops of striped 'sergeant major' fish.
Returning to the pier along the same route, you can remain below or if you prefer, cruise on the upper deck and watch the beautiful anchored yachts and shores of St. Barts.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to walk a short distance to the sub and negotiate steep stairs to enter and exit the sub's hull. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Operation of this tour is subject to a minimum number of participants and favourable weather and sea conditions; the Captain may amend the itinerary dependent upon weather and currents. Vessel may not be exclusive to Silversea guests. A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.
Board your catamaran at the pier and depart for the snorkelling destination. For your comfort, the catamaran offers plenty of shade. On the way the crew distributes snorkelling equipment. Once you arrive at the snorkelling site, the captain or crew provides instruction and guidelines, after which you may jump in the water to enjoy approximately one hour exploring the fascinating underwater marine life. Two crew members are available to provide assistance.
The azure waters surrounding St. Barts provide the perfect environment for a variety of exquisitely coloured fish and corals. Coral reefs act as home and nursery for almost a million fish and other species, and are host to some of the Earth's most diverse living ecosystems.
Back on board the catamaran, enjoy a snack and refreshment before your return to the pier.
Please note: Swimsuits should be worn under beach-type clothing. Please remember to bring your sunscreen, hat and towel. Although minimal walking is required, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the snorkel boat. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol. There are no bathroom facilities onboard the boat. Guests will be asked to remove their shoes prior to boarding. The use of a noodle float or a lifejacket while in the water is mandatory.