I'm sure most of you have heard of an ATV tour. But what about... UTV tours? (Before you google it, it stands for utility task vehicle.) It's essentially just a giant ATV. Here are my adorable parents cruising in the UTV:
In order to drive (or ride in) one of these bad boys, you have to wear sunglasses and a bandana. It's required and trust me, you'll need it to see and breathe- two functions CRUCIAL when driving. The sand/dust + the wind + these big vehicles = lots of difficulties. The company we went through (ABC tours) did sell bandanas and had a few extra pairs of sunglasses on hand but I recommend bringing your own to be safe.
For those with long hair, I also highly recommend putting your hair up... and not putting your sunglasses on your head. Otherwise you risk ending up like me:
This tour definitely had its ups and downs. To be upfront, it was more expensive than other tours on the island and it was a full day adventure. I typically am ready to leave after about 2-3 hours of something so I wasn't sure how it would go. We had also read some reviews online that made us a little bit nervous about the tour guides driving crazy.
I'll be the first to say, the tour guides did drive faster than I was expecting. If you aren't a very adventurous person, I don't think ABC tours would be the company to choose. On the other hand, if you like adrenaline rushes, it's exactly the place for you. I LOVE adrenaline rushes so for me, it was a great fit.
Yes, it's one of the more expensive tours but we found out later on it's because there's way more included than just driving a UTV. First, the tour stopped in the caves in Arikok National Park:
Just outside of the caves, there was a small natural pool where you could stick your feet in and have tiny fish give you a pedicure. While it was something I'd been wanting to try for a long time, once was enough for me. I have really ticklish feet and tiny fish biting them felt a lot like being tickled. Check it out:
After that, we drove to the coastline where there's a natural spring pool. I didn't get any great pictures or videos of the actual spring pool because I didn't have a waterproof cover for my phone and I didn't think it was worth the risk. We slid into the water off of a rock and swam around for a bit. Our tour guide offered us the option of climbing up the rocks and jumping back in- so you know I was the first up there! Make sure you don't forget to wear your bathing suit under your clothes so you can jump in and enjoy the waves for awhile!
All of these adventures were one day, one tour. So yes, it was more expensive, but it's a better bang for your buck.
I won't say I recommend ABC tours or this tour specifically for everyone. But for those who love adventures and don't mind a little risk, I highly recommend it.