Options for your afternoon ashore include a trail hike or an island tour by safari bus. The hiking group will follow a naturalist guide along a scenic hillside trail to picturesque Honeymoon Beach for the chance to swim in the refreshing, crystal clear waters and relax in the shade of a coconut palm tree. Continuing along the trail, find the lush Botanical Gardens at Caneel Bay and also the ruins of an 18th-century Danish sugar plantation and factory. Following your hike, travel by open-air safari bus on a scenic drive back to the Silver Explorer.
Alternatively, choose a safari bus tour of St John National Park. Learn about the island's history, native foliage and indigenous wildlife. The peaceful paradise of St. John is the perfect first port with which to begin your West Indies expedition.
Alternatively, follow along as your onboard Ornithologist leads a wildlife exploration of Anegada’s salt ponds. A number of wading birds can be seen in the mangroves, including great blue heron, little blue heron, stilts and terns.
Alternatively, enjoy a scenic drive along the island’s only road to the capital village: “The Bottom”. Visit the Roman Catholic Church with its lovely hand-painted altar mural, and also the Saba Artisan Foundation where you will also have the opportunity to purchase locally made handicrafts, spices, and other souvenirs. Have your camera ready for your arrival in the village of St. Johns where you can photograph incredible vistas of surrounding islands across the azure sea. Enjoy some free time at the Windwardside village to do some more shopping or wander through the Saba Museum before returning to the Silver Explorer.
Afternoon conditions permitting, tour the coast off Plymouth village by Zodiac, witnessing first hand the destruction caused by volcanic eruption. This area is off-limits to the general public, but the Silver Explorer has been granted permission to tour this area by Zodiac. Final permission will be given pending volcanic activity in the area on the day of the visit. From a sea-level perspective, clearly see the path taken by the pyroclastic and mud flows, and the devastation of Montserrat’s capital, Plymouth. The town has been compared to a modern-day Pompeii. Buried deep in ash and volcanic debris including boulders up to the size of the houses, the once thriving commercial center of the island now resembles a dust-covered lunar landscape gouged by deep canyons.
As an option, inquire about the transparent kayaks that are available to guests aboard the Silver Explorer. The waters surrounding Les Saintes are full of life, color and activity, and Silversea’s clear-bottom kayak allows you to enjoy this wonderful environment without disturbing the fascinating creatures – and without getting wet!
In the afternoon, a historian/folklorist will delight you with tales of the island depicted in true Caribbean fashion. Hear the beat of the drum as the slaves toiled daily. Watch the French Quadrille and feel the infectious rhythms calypso and soca. The presentation is infused with poetry, drama, music and a touch of humor, allowing you to easily get lost in the spirit of the island.