Top 5 Things To Do in Labadee, Haiti
Due to the fact that Labadee is the only part of Haiti which is frequently visited by cruise ships, the following list of our favourite things to do is based entirely in Labadee and does not encompass other activites on the island. In the future, if cruise lines begin visiting other parts of the country, we will create a “top 5″ article for the country as a whole. All of the following activities can be found at Royal Caribbean’s private port of Labadee.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled our list of our top 5 favourite things to do in Labadee. The majority are based around the beach, however almost any cruiser will be able to find an activity of interest.
The main attraction of Labadee is the crystal clear waters and white sandy beach. Right next to the cruise port is Royal Caribbean’s private Labadee Beach. Loungers are free to enjoy, and the waters are nice and warm if you feel like taking a swim. While not the most exciting of activities, it is definitely the most cost-effective and relaxing.
If you’ve never been horseback riding on a beach, Labadee is the perfect place to give it a try. After a short safety briefing, you’ll mount your horse, and embark on a leisurely trot along the water. This is a perfect activity for couples who are looking for a romantic excursion. Depending on how late your ship stays in port, you may be able to catch the sunset during your ride.
Have you ever wanted to go on a zip lining adventure but never had a chance? If so, the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line is for you. This zip line is the world’s largest over water zip line, soaring as high as 500 feet above the water, at speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour, and for a total distance exceeding 2,000 feet. Unfortunately, this excursion will set your wallet back a bit more than expected, but the excursion encompasses much more than just the Dragon’s Breath zip line. First you’ll warm up on the smaller “Little Dragon” flight line, before boarding safari vehicles to take you to the launch point of the main attraction. This is definitely an excursion that’ll keep adventurous kids happy.
Royal Caribbean’s aqua park consists of water trampolines, icebergs, and a variety of other aquatic activities to keep the kids happy and busy while in the water. In addition, most excursions which include the Aqua Park either include a ride on the mountainside roller coaster, or a ride down Labadee’s own Dragon’s Breath waterslide. At a much cheaper rate than other excursions on the island, this one is definitely great for families.
Haiti is home to some of the world’s best snorkeling, and Labadee is no exception. Gear up and travel by boat a slight distance away from shore to the port’s best snorkeling areas. Guides will ensure that you see a wide range of marine life, and will provide fish food to bring the fish even closer. After exploring the area, you’ll reboard the catamaran and enjoy rum punch on the way back to the beach. A great excursion for couples and families alike.
One of the most notable things that you’ll notice in Labadee is that every excursion is operated by the cruise line. You will not be able to find private tour operators at this port of call, and as such, some of the common excursions will be more expensive than you’ll find through private operators on other islands. All in all, Labadee is very similar to other private ports of call, and is a great port to spend a relaxing day at the beach.