6 Off-Shore Caribbean Excursions to Explore in 2023

If you’re a cruise lover, you are accustomed to being surrounded by the sea and enjoying the motion of the ocean. However, if you want to explore a bit differently, an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica might be just the ticket. As part of your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and relax with some amazing off-shore excursions that let you see more Caribbean magic. Here are the top five coolest excursions from the best all inclusive resorts Jamaica has to offer. 

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The Carribean is one of the top destinations in the world for deep sea and sport fishing, with the chance to catch such delicious trophies as tuna, mahi mahi, marlin, grouper, mackerel, and so many more. Whether you’re traveling with a whole crew of anglers, or just have a few people interested in fishing while others would prefer to sunbathe at sea, staying at an all inclusive resort makes it simple to charter your perfect day on the water. 

1. Deep Sea Fishing

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2. Take a Catamaran Cruise from your Resort

If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, look no further than a catamaran cruise designed for your vacation of choice. Most catamaran cruises will give you the option to swim, snorkel, float around, or just enjoy scenic views from the boat. This particular excursion can be designed with the family in mind, with drinks hors d’oeuvres and picturesque views for the adults, while the kids can enjoy snorkeling and other entertainment. Depending on your starting point, your cruise might deliver you to a picture-perfect destination to hike and explore before returning back to your resort.

3. Explore Land & Sea in Antigua

If you are a nature lover and want to experience both the flora, fauna, and aquatic adventure in stunning Antigua, this excursion is for you. About six hours from start to finish, you’ll spend a day on safari in a 4×4 Jeep, learning about the wildlife and nature that Antigua has to offer. At the end of the day you’ll board a catamaran from Turner’s beach, where you’ll sail out to a reef and snorkel to observe the underwater wonders of Antigua’s shorelines. 

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4. Snorkel in Caracas Bay from Curaçao

If you’re interested in exploration and spending time in Curaçao’s crystal-clear waters, look no further than a day in Caracas Bay. This unique snorkeling experience in the Dutch Caribbean won’t just show you natural reefs and underwater wildlife, but you’ll also have a chance to explore a nearby shipwreck! Once you’ve seen all you can handle, you’ll enjoy lunch on the beachfront and an open bar as you sail home. This trip takes about five hours, so be sure to pack your sunblock and be ready for adventure! 

5. Experience Nature’s Magic at Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica

This is a truly unique experience, best suited to strong swimmers who don’t have any fear of the dark. You’ll sail out at sunset to arrive after dark at Luminous Lagoon, which is home to millions of bioluminescent microorganisms. While you can’t see or feel them, they can certainly feel you and light up when touched!  When you plunge into the water for a swim, you’ll have a truly magical experience as the water around you seems to glow! This is one of only four locations in the world where this type of phenomenon occurs, and among those four, Jamaica’s lagoon is said to be the largest space with the brightest glow. This is one experience you won’t want to miss on your Jamaican getaway. 

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6. Explore the Pig Beach in Nassau

If you’re travelling to the Bahamas, chances are you’ve heard about the friendly pigs that roam the beaches, interact with tourists, and swim! This particular excursion is a super fun day to enjoy the pigs if you’re taking a trip to the Bahamas. Snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking gear are all available, or simply enjoy island breezes from a hammock while watching the pigs do their thing around you. 

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Choosing an All-Inclusive Resort 

As a cruise addict, you’re accustomed to certain amenities and features that are available on board cruise ships–all-inclusive packages, live entertainment, amazing pools, and opportunities to take some unique off-shore excursions. If you factor in the costs of traveling to a cruise port in Miami or Tampa, your Caribbean vacation might be better served by traveling directly to a destination of your choice and booking one or more of these off-shore excursions.   

Opting instead for an all-inclusive resort gives you similar access to all the amenities you’re accustomed to, plus the chance to escape some of the crowds you might typically find onboard larger cruise ships. And if there’s one thing you’ll definitely still get to enjoy, it’s some amazing offshore excursions that let you explore the sea, rivers, waterfalls, jungles, cities, and whatever else your heart might desire.

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