(Closed) booking excursions

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@X0JLYNN03:  When we traveled to Tahiti, we booked ahead of time. When we traveled in the Carribeans we did them the day of when we arrived.

Post # 5
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think waiting until you are there is nice, because you can see what kind of shape equipment is in, etc. I would also shop around a little – your resort may not have the best value.

Post # 6
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2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We always wait till we get there 

Post # 7
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@X0JLYNN03:  I’d also recommend shopping around before you book them when you’re actually there. Book directly with the excursion provider to get the best pricing whereas resorts/concierge/travel agents will book a mark up on top of the prices. The only time you have to worry is if you’re on a cruise. Usually the cruise excursions will cover travel to the next port if you miss the boarding time because of something happening on the excursion. If you book on your own then you are completely on your own in getting to the next port of call if you miss the boat.

Post # 8
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1069 posts
Bumble bee

I always do them when I get there. This way I can see how I actually feel once I’m there because sometimes I change my mind on what I want to do, or I see something that looks really cool but I didn’t think of it before leaving for the trip.

Post # 10
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231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Some activities might book up in advance, particularly if the groups are small and you want to do them near the beginning of your trip.  If you know reputable companies for your excursions — through recommendations or online reviews — you might want to book ahead, particularly if the excursions don’t run daily.  We’ve booked a snorkeling day trip for our Hawaiian honeymoon in advance, but we were referred to the company by someone who’s used them before, and we vetted them online.  The trip we booked only runs three days a week and the boat isn’t particularly big, and we wanted to make sure we got the day we wanted.

Enjoy your honeymoon in Cancun!  I’d suggest snorkeling off Cozumel, which I really enjoyed when I was there.  (We just hired a boat at the ferry dock in Cozumel – it’s really easy.)  I also did a trip to the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, which I booked upon arrival at my hotel in Playa del Carmen.  Another great place for Mayan ruins is Tulum, which is the only ruins on the coast with amazing water views and great beaches nearby.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We always book private excursions through resort staff that know someone, but not everyone is comfortable doing that.   We’ve had our best experiences doing it this way and never felt unsafe, not to mention its usually cheaper and you get a bigger bang for your buck because they take you to extra places you wouldn’t normally see on a group excursion because there is no time restraint.

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