Shore Excursions: A Taste of Eleuthera

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Excursion Length: Approx. 4 hours

Minimum capacity of 23 passengers.
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Tour Overview

Come along and discover Eleuthera, one of the islands of the Bahamas, on a sightseeing tour in a land that time has almost forgotten. There is too much to see on this 110-mile long island in just one day, but this excursion will serve up a delightful taste.

Once ashore at Princess Cays, board your air-conditioned transportation. Travel through wide open spaces, past lush vegetation with glimpses of ponds. See the national flower, the Yellow Elder and learn of other national symbols. Pass through quaint villages with small pristine churches, like the seaside St. Columba in the fishing village of Tarpum Bay, which dates back to the 1800s. Enjoy photo stops at Rock Sound Harbour and Tarpum Bay. Go for a walk in the town of Rock Sound, and visit one of nature's wonders, an ocean hole of which the bottom has yet to be found. At Four Points Marina Village, experience an extravaganza of Eleutheran culture. Enjoy a taste of the island with an authentic native lunch and allow yourself to be entertained Junkanoo, the Bahamian masquerade tradition which incorporates music, costumes and dance, prior to your return to Princess Cays.

This Tour will include:

A four (4) hour guided bus tour of some of the settlements (towns) of South Eleuthera. Bannerman Town to Tarpum Bay and Return (via Wemyss Bight, Green Castle, Rock Sound) @ $99.00 per person. Tour is supplemented by DVD narration. Minimum capacity of 23 passengers.

Bannerman Town – Photo Stop at Miller Plantation, believed to have been bequeathed to the inhabitants of that settlement by former plantation owner Sarah Miller.

Drive through the rustic settlements of Wemyss Bight and Green Castle. View subsistence farms along the route.

Rock Sound: Visit to Ocean Hole, a “bottomless” blue hole connected to the sea and teeming with fish, once explored by famed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau; Visit to The South Eleuthera Mission, a 140-year old edifice, once used as the Methodist manse, and the town’s medical clinic, recently renovated by the local townspeople to house a library and museum.

Tarpum Bay, a picturesque fishing village. Visit to one of the oldest churches on the island, St. Columba Anglican (Episcopal) Church, established in 1849. Admire the architecture of the “Pineapple Houses” built when pineapple export was the island’s primary revenue earner.

Return to Rock Sound: Four Points Marina Village, the harbourside venue for a sumptuous traditional Bahamian buffet lunch, sip tropical infused concoctions at the cabana bar, while enjoying the entertainment of “Junkanoo,” a colourful cultural celebration. Also at Four Points, observe the recreation of typical scenes of “island-life,” like the baking of bread in an outdoor rock oven, as passed down through the generations from our ancestors; watch the “cracking” of conch (taking it from its shell) and making of this local seafood delicacy into a spicy local favourite; complete the afternoon with shopping for local art and handicraft.

Back to Bannerman Town – Enjoy more sights and scenes of our beautiful island, and reminisce about the day spent as an “Eleutheran Adventurer.”

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Tarpum Bay
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Rock Sound
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Green Castle
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Bannerman Town
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