Although every Sandals all-inclusive resort has tons of complimentary activities onsite, you’ll probably also want to explore what the area has to offer. That’s where Sandals excursions come in. They cost extra but are super easy to arrange through the resort.
You can book Sandals excursions online via the Sandals website after you’ve made your reservation, or once you get to the resort. If there’s something you really want to do, we recommend booking it in advance just to be safe.
But what excursions does Sandals offer? They are different at each Sandals resort. In this article we’ll discuss Sandals Barbados excursions, so read on to learn more.
Excursions at Sandals Barbados
Barbados is a lovely, lush Caribbean island. With excellent year-round weather, beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, rich culture and history, delicious cuisine and locally made rum, and friendly hospitality, it’s no wonder that Barbados is a top honeymoon destination.
Set on the southern part of the island, Sandals Barbados is a luxury beachfront adults-only all-inclusive resort that’s the perfect setting for honeymoons or romantic getaways in Barbados.
When you vacation or honeymoon at Sandals Barbados, you actually get two resorts in one. It’s right next door to Sandals Royal Barbados, and you’ll have access to all the facilities and amenities there as well. With this combo, we think this is one of Sandal’s best resorts.
Looking for the best things to do near Sandals Barbados? You’ll have a wide variety of excursions to choose from, including unique things to do in Barbados and the best things to do in Barbados for couples. The Sandals Barbados excursions are all managed by Island Routes Barbados, but you book and pay through Sandals.
Sandals Barbados excursions include an historical rum tour, shopping in Bridgetown, golf, hiking, deep sea fishing, cultural tours, sunset cruises, horseback riding on the beach, and more.
We booked a snorkeling excursion that included seeing a sea turtle and 3 shipwrecks that we highly recommend.
Let’s take a look at some of the Sandals Barbados excursions in more detail.
Electric Bike Bajan Sightseeing Experience
You’ll ride electric beach cruiser bikes around beautiful Barbados, stopping to check out local historic and cultural sites such as a 1640s Gothic church, Hackleton’s Cliff, a biodynamic farm, and others.
Barbados Historical Rum Tour
This island is known as the birthplace of rum, and you can learn all about its history on this Sandals Barbados excursion. You’ll visit the 17th-century St. Nicolas Abbey, ride on a vintage railway, tour the house and distillery, and sample the amazing rum. Lunch at a local restaurant follows, then a scenic tour along the coast to the famous Mount Gay.
Garrison Historical Sightseeing Tour
Check out the UNESCO World Heritage Site the 18th-19-th century Garrison, where British troops were stationed, including the Garrison Tunnels, National Armoury Museum, and learn all about British military history in the Caribbean. Then head to the Officer’s Mess for a rum punch.
Barbados Historical Sightseeing and Shopping Experience
This full day Sandals Barbados excursion takes you through the amazing Hunte’s Garden, then to the town of St. Thomas where you can meet local artists and view their work. Last is Holetown, which is a 17th-century British settlement where you’ll have a delicious lunch and then go shopping.
Harrison’s Cave Tram and Nature Walk Experience
One of the more unique things to do in Barbados is visit this amazing natural site. A drive-in cave, Harrison’s Cave is underground and features stalagmites, stalactities, streams, and waterfalls. Afterward, enjoy the nature trail.
Barbados Swim, Snorkel and Wildlife Experience
Couples who love to snorkel will enjoy this Sandals Barbados excursion. First you’ll visit the Barbados Wildlife Reserve to see local green monkeys, Cherry Tree Hill, Morgan Lewis Windmill, Bathsheba, and the Soup Bowl. Then you’ll take a boat trip to Carlisle Bay and snorkel among shipwrecks and colorful marine life.
Luxury Catamaran, Snorkel and Dining Experience at Carlisle Bay
For a luxury excursion in Barbados, enjoy this catamaran cruise in beautiful turquoise Carlisle Bay where you get to snorkel, see marine life and a shipwreck, relax on deck as you sip tropical cocktails, and enjoy a delicious onboard meal.
Round of Golf
One of the best things to do in Barbados for couples who love to golf, this excursion takes you to the Barbados Golf Club, a scenic and challenging course. You’ll play a full round of 18 holes, and a golf cart is included. (You can also book multiple days of golf.)
Lover’s Rock Sunset Catamaran Cruise
One of the most popular Sandals Barbados excursions is this cruise along the island’s coast. You’ll also get to snorkel and swim, see a shipwreck and sea turtles, and enjoy dinner before you watch the sun set over the Caribbean.
You can also go on excursions in Barbados with local guide companies or through online vendors like Get Your Guide and Viator.
In between excursions, you’ll have lots of onsite Sandals Barbados activities to choose from. These include complimentary watersports like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boards, Hobie Cat sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, and glass bottom boat rides plus complimentary land activities like beach volleyball, cricket, bocce ball, table tennis, pool, and board games. You can also visit Sandals Royal Barbados and go bowling at the 4-lane bowling alley.
Work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center and take exercise classes, or indulge at the spa (for an extra fee). And of course, you can lounge on the beautiful beach, relax by any of the pools, soak in a whirlpool, or enjoy tropical cocktails at a bar.
There’s also daily and nightly entertainment including live bands, a piano bar, chocolate buffet nights, Carnivale beach parties, white parties, talent nights, live shows, Barbados Day and street jamboree, and the manager’s cocktail party.
Now that you’ve read all about Sandals Barbados excursions, what do you think? Are you ready to book your trip? Let us know in the comments! And if this doesn’t sound like the perfect Sandals resort for you, we have full reviews of every Sandals resort as well as articles like the best Sandals for honeymoons, best Sandals for snorkeling, best Sandals for golfing, and an overview of all the Sandals resorts.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.