West End Ecology Tours

West End Ecology Tours

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Our policies and experiences unique to us

Stingray Feeding Tour - Private Charter

This half day signature event "Stingray Feeding Tour" provide guests the opportunity to hand feed wild stingrays in their natural element. Perfect for nature lovers and snorkelers! The cost of the tour is not per person but based on the entire boat charter for up to 6 guests.

Stingray, Snorkel and Fishing Tour - Private Charter

A full day eco-fishing tour include our signature event "Stingray Feeding Tour", an opportunity to snorkel a boat wreck or incredible shallow reef and experience “native” hand line fishing or trolling. Perfect for nature lovers, snorkelers and fishers looking a full array of activities! The cost of the tour is not per person but based on the entire boat charter for up to 6 guests.

Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1

Customer Information

This is an exclusive tour provided for adults and children. There are key areas that should be reviewed before booking any tour.

1. How much does the tour cost and do you welcome families?

Whether you are a single guest or a maximum of 6 persons the charter price is as quoted above. Couples, families and friends are welcome to experience our tours. A tour confirmation is emailed within 48 hours upon receipt of payment(s). If you have any questions, please email us at westendecologytours@gmail.com or call our U.S. number 1-561-910-4664.

2. How long does the tours last and what is included?

Guests are provided a 4, 6 or 8 hour tours that comprise a partial list of the following activities - a stop at a sunken boat wreck nearby to the cay offers guests the opportunity to view thousands of fish, stingrays or sharks that frequent the area. If time permits the boat may stop at Sea Biscuit Alley or snorkel a nearby coral reef teaming with sea life. If guests require snorkel equipment, please advise shoe size(s). Children snorkel gear is not provided. We also recommend you bring your personal snorkel gear for adults and children. Fishing gear and bait as well as birding equipment and scopes are supplied. Keep in mind the agenda could change due to weather and tide conditions. Light refreshments are provided.

3. Where does the tours depart from?

All tours depart from Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour. For resort room rates and additional information visit their website -www.oldbahamabay.com. This boutique beach front resort features include - swimming pool, watersports, activities, kids play area and dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

4. Do you provide daily tour departures and what times?

Departure times vary daily due to the tide. Some departures may be in the morning, noon or mid-afternoon. The sea surrounding the cay is very shallow which would make it impossible to arrive at low tide. Times will be provided upon request or before payment is made.

5. How do I get to your location and what are my transportation options?

West End is a small fishing settlement. It is located 28 miles west from the main tourist town of Freeport/Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island (FPO). Guests have three options – a. hire a taxi driver which can cost over $160.00 roundtrip; b. car rentals are available at the airport or cruise harbor and costs vary from $75.00 to $120.00 per day; c. West End Ecology Tours will provide roundtrip pickup from Freeport/Lucaya and Freeport Harbour for $100.00 up to 6 persons. If you decide to have the tour company provide transportation pickup times will be confirmed once payment has been received for the tour.

Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2

6. Are there places to stay in West End?

Yes, you can choose from several resort and home rentals in West End. Old Bahama Bay and Blue Marlin Cove are 2 unique upscale resorts to choose from. Please inquire for additional information.

7. Is there a possibility to see or interact with other wildlife?

Yes, the region is noted for numerous endemic and migratory bird species. Seasonal marine life includes turtles, dolphin pods and occasional Bahama Manatees are spotted at Old Bahama Bay during the summer months. Other wildlife may be observed during the tour include dolphins, sharks, eagle rays and bird life.

8. What happens in case of inclement weather, rescheduling, refunds or cancellation of the tour?

When possible and subject to availability the company will attempt to reschedule for the next best day during your stay on the island. If the company cancels the tour for any reason guests will receive a full refund. If guest cancel within 48 hours of confirmed tour date, there is no refund. There is no refund once the tour begins, guest changes their mind or for any unused portions.

9. What is the size of the boat and is there safety equipment?

The Boat of Ely is a 20 foot Mako equipped with a 150HP Mercury outboard engine, Bimini top, life jackets, first aid kit, VHF Radio, fire extinguisher and emergency flares.

10. Are there medical facilities and/or doctors nearby?

There are two medical facilities in West End. The West End Clinic which is operated by the Bahamas Government and a private practice operated by Dr. Romeo Fernandez. Both are located 3 minutes from Old Bahama Bay.

11. What is the minimum and maximum age to participate in the tour(s) and do you accept handicapped guests?

Adults up to age 75 and children starting at age 5 are permitted on the tour. Requests for older and younger guests are handled upon request. Unfortunately, it is not possible to accommodate handicapped guests in wheelchairs or have mobility difficulty.

12. Do you have a website and contact information?

Guests are welcome to visit the website at www.westendecologytours.com or Facebook. The email is westendecologytours@gmail.com and phone number is 1-242-727-1156 cell. Response time to emails and return calls is made within 24 hours.