ST. PETER -- Island Safari tours feature 4x4 vehicles that can get
to spots inaccessible to typical tour coaches.
Guests are picked up at their hotels in the vehicles, which are
outfitted to accommodate eight in the open-air passenger seating.
Drivers describe the history, folklore and culture of the island
while winding through remote neighborhoods along back roads.
Several vehicles travel in a convoy first to Gun Hill Signal
Station in the heart of the island. The station dates back to 1697.
Guns here were used to sound warnings of impending invasions.
The trip ventures to Joe's River Forest, where green monkeys
frolic in the treetops; to the dramatic rock formations at
Bathsheba, and along East Coast Road, with its continuous view of
the roaring Atlantic surf.
The vehicles leave the road to rumble along paths through fields
of sugar cane, swaying in the breeze.
At Paul's Point, guests stop atop the 60-foot cliffs to view the
Atlantic crashing into Cove Bay below. Here, drivers cut open
coconuts with machetes, give guests a taste of the milk and carve
the fruit for a snack.
The four-hour tour is followed by a buffet lunch of Bajan fare
at the Chattle House restaurant. Tours begin at 8 a.m. and cost $50
Island Safari, Phone: (246) 432-5337, Fax: (246) 422-1966.