Off-Road Buggy Tour to Wallings Dam and Morris Bay Beach
St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
- Buggy caravan: Your guide will lead the way as you head out from Jolly Harbour in rugged 4x4s and into the rainforest of the southwest interior of Antigua.
- Scenic stops: Take in stunning vistas of the entire island from Antigua's third-highest summit, then have a quiet moment atop the old Wallings Dam.
- Beach retreat: Revel in the sun or take a dip in the soothing waters on Morris Bay Beach, known for its calm waters and coconut palms.
About this St. John's tour
Christopher Columbus may have "discovered" Antigua in 1493, but it was the Brits who were the first Europeans to settle on the island. Sir Christopher Codrington made Antigua Britain's "Gateway to the Caribbean" in 1632, taking advantage of its natural resources – particularly sugar – to make it a profitable colony for the Crown.
It's not difficult imagining Codrington and his compatriots exploring Antigua and getting lost in its beauty. Nor would it be a stretch to picture them living off the bountiful fruits and vegetables that grow there. You could live quite well off the mangoes, pineapples, bananas, passion fruit, cashews, and other edible plants found in the rainforest. It's a veritable buffet. Of course, driving through Antigua's only tropical rainforest in a 4x4 would make it a drive-thru.
But the real fruits of this trip are the views you will see as you blaze past Body Ponds on your way to Wallings Dam. Built around the turn of the last century, the water it holds has created a lush and tranquil paradise in the mountains of Antigua. So soak it all in before you head to down to Morris Bay for some other kind of soaking. It will all make you much more jolly before you head back to the ship.
The sour legacy that built Antigua
When Christopher Codrington settled on Antigua, he brought the latest sugar-growing technology and created the island's first large-scale sugar plantation. Tobacco planters soon switched to sugar, but needed more laborers to work the fields. After locals succumbed by the thousands to disease or hardship, the colonists began importing slaves from Africa, and sugar became the engine of the island's economy.
Staying in a hotel or on a cruise? Please proceed to the Exotica Antigua Boutique, Redcliffe Quay, St John's to meet your guide. This is a 3 minute walk from the cruise ship terminal.
There is a minimum of 5 travelers to operate this tour. The buggies are stick shift and not automatic so you have to be able to operate a stick shift vehicle to drive. All Shaka Buggys seat two travelers. If you don't plan to share, please buy two tickets. Actual drive time is approximately 90 minutes.
Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, as well as steep terrain. Not suitable for travelers using walkers or wheelchairs.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Beach, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 7 years of age or older to participate in this tour. Drivers must be 25 years or older and present a valid driver's license.
There is a combined weight maximum of 450 lbs. per buggy.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour may not be suitable for travelers with heart, neck, back, shoulder or knee problems or pregnant women due to bumping and jarring motions experienced when riding off-road.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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