"Just returned from Bernard's Tour"
We toured with Bernard on 4/21/10 arriving at port on Carnival Liberty. There was 9 in our group.
What a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the Island. Both sides!
We booked a private tour and it was perfect. We planned ahead of time what we wanted to do. This trip we decided to skip Orient.
We went to Pinel Island in the morning (Bernard will offer this for private tours only, next season). We tried the test run an absolutely LOVED it!
Pinel is a little piece of paradise. It rained a little on us but did not change anything for us as it was just so beautiful. We ferried over (small fishing type boat), rented chairs and umbrellas ($15 for 2 chairs umbrella and 2 drinks), had some drinks and swam in the gorgeous water. Some in our group snorkeled and enjoyed it very much. There are little places to eat and get drinks as well as very clean restrooms. The ferry over was $8.oo , I think? There was a little hiking trail as well. For lunch you could pick a lobster right out of the lobster pot and they would cook it up for you. Coming from RI where lobster is plentiful we passed on that but it was great fun to watch the people hold the lobsters and pick them out and weigh them.
In the afternoon we went to Maho for lunch and to see the planes. We have been there before and still loved it! For us it is not to be missed! Awesome afternoon.
Bernard teaches so much about the Island along the way. The van was spotless and very comfortable. The A/C was great as once the rain had stopped it was HOT!
We all learned so much from Bernard. This was our 2nd time touring with him and we loved it just as much as the first time. Also he is aware of traffic and ship times (we were in port with Oasis) so we never had to worry as we left that up to him. Bernard is also a very good driver. I am not a good passenger but was totally relaxed and comfortable. Bernard is a true gentleman that takes great pride in his work. Made our day very special!
Some in our group had the rum punch in the van I stuck with the Caribe beers. There was also water and soda for the kids.
The only negative I can say is the day went by WAY to fast.
Once again we just can't wait to return to the Island and tour with Bernard again. Our favorite port and tour again, this cruise!