This was an off the beaten tourist route tour, and I loved it. Our guide was able to share the island by sharing his experience on Martinique compared to his experiences living on other Caribbean islands. This provided insight into the culture and daily life of the island's residents. Also, the small villages were a treat.
We were looking forward to a wonderful day exploring Southern Martinique. I had read all the reviews on Viator that said how great this tour was. We were sorely disappointed. This was a 5 hour tour. First of all, the bus was late because it had a mechanical problem. We were supposed to leave at 9:00 am, but didn't actually leave until almost 9:30 am. Second, our tour guide Leah, while she seemed very nice, was unknowledgeable about her island. Her accent was thick so we had a hard time understanding her. Many questions were asked, to which her response was I'm not sure. We made 3 stops - first at an potters village - we were there for 20 minutes. We were wandering around looking in the different shops, and luckily Leah was with us when we entered a potter's shop. We were hoping to see the potter actually make something, but that would not have happened if we had not asked through Leah. Back to the bus. Then we stopped at this village with a beautiful white sand beach. There was nothing special about this beach, and the sand was certainly not white. More brown and grainy than white. We live in Clearwater, Florida United States so we know what white sand looks like. We had about an hour at this location. There were so many rocks in the water, it made walking in the water very hard. We only stayed in the water for 5 minutes. There was really not much to look at in the village other than the church. Back to the bus. Then we went to a location with a memorial about the slave ship that went down. This was very moving and I'm glad we stopped there 10 minute stop. Back to the bus. We then went to a rum distillery. Again, unless you were interested in trying the rum, there was nothing to do, although the scenery was pretty. To sum this up, we spent about 4 hours in the bus, waiting for a silent tour guide to provide us some type of information that never came. It was certainly not worth what we paid for it, and will never take this tour again.
disappointed with the guide Lea, not able to speak clearly and loud enough, and communicate. She did so personal concern, but did not perform well..........the sites were ok......the time spent in some sites was not worth the effort....one stop at the market place was a bad stop in that there were not enough restrooms, and we tourists had to wait in one line........the tour guide was not good for this trip.....no explanations for making of rum at the distllery........beach stop needed more time available.......ron kerbes 818 645-0403 in ventura calif writing this review 1 week after being there in Martinique
Also at start of tour, no large sign was held up and meeting place designation should be better presented
Picked up exactly where instructed. Our guide, Gladis, was there with a sign with our name. Eight people in out tour. Comfortable minivan. Went places outside of town. Gladis knew everyone where we stopped and knew everything about where we went. She recommended where to go based on our desires-including GREAT FRENCH PASTRY and wonderful cooking spices available at a small local market. At the Rum Distillery, Gladis was allowed to get behind the tasting counter to give us a private tasting of several rums. She had umbrellas for us when it rained as well as water and drinks at our stops. It was a very nice and comfortable day. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing the countryside of Martinque.
Our friendly guide spoke English and French was waiting for us at the end of the cruise pier. We were a small group of 10 people and we drove in a large, comfortable bus to 'Village de la poterie'. Nice stop with different little shops where different artists and craftsmen sell souveniers and local products. At the next stop at a beach from at 'Les Anses d'Arlet' you could take a swim or snorkel in the warm water. The little village has the typically French atmosphere: little church, postoffice, the office of the 'police municipal' and a few shops. Tip: try one of the delicious pastries at the 'boulanger'! De next stops were 2 photostops: the Diamond Rock and a memorial to slavery 'Mémorial du Cap 110'. The next stop was e visit to a small but interesting market to shop for some local products. The last stop too short was at the rum distillery 'Trois rivières'. Unfornately it was only a tasting experience. It is really a pity that there was no visit to the installations. A visit to the distellery itself before the tasting would have made this trip perfect. Pro: nice encounter with the south part of the Island, friendly local guide, small group. Remark: ad a short visit through the rum distillery and the tour will be perfect.