Frequent Questions & Answers
Nevis 3-1/2 hour Land Tour Q & A’s:
We offer 9 AM & 1 PM guided island tours every day. Our tours cover the entire island, are easy, informative and 100% fun. We‘ll pick you up at your hotel, villa, private yacht or ferry dock and in a matter of 3-1/2 hours you’ll be transformed from a “tourist” into a “local” being an expert on Nevis. Afterwards you’ll know what to do, where to go and where to eat for the remainder of your holiday. You’ll travel on many trails and roads not on the island map. We’ll take you where the others can’t – seeing some of the prettiest island sights with a mix of on/off roads, beaches & bush, resorts & ruins. We’ll stop many times on the trail to tell stories, take photos and enjoy lots of liquid refreshments as we load our vehicles with both soft and hard drinks. (Yes! Some guests have called us “a booze cruise in the bush!”). There’re nothing scary or rough – no hiking and no “heavy lifting” – just a fun time for all. Funky Monkey Tours are simply the best way to adventure Nevis.
Please note that we must schedule guides, dedicate vehicles and load provisions for our cruise ship and St. Kitts guests. Therefore, we require a confirmed reservation with credit card on file. Cancellations must be received by e-mail or a person-to-person phone call at least 24 hours in advance or a 50% “no show” charge will be applied. No Shows diminishes our ability to properly serve our other guests so PLEASE, contact us with any changes in a timely manner!!!
As for a maximum size – we currently have a multiple vehicle capacity for up to 50 guests driving in “wagon train” style. In general, however, our daily tours go out with between 4 to 8 guests which allow us to maintain our popular close personal relationships with each one of our guests. For our larger corporate groups, we take additional guides as well as offer multiple daily tour times/dates to accommodate all attendees during their stay on the island.
If you find you’re in a small unrelated mixed group on board the guide’s vehicle but still want to drive – you can request your own “private” vehicle and follow in along “wagon train style” behind the guide – however, this may result in an additional vehicle charge depending on group size.
With groups larger than five guests however– a driver or drivers from the group will be needed as we take multiple vehicles on trail. If you drive, don’t worry as it’s very easy – our vehicles are all automatic and drive like big golf carts. In these cases (usually large families or corporate groups), we go out in “wagon train style” with as many vehicles as necessary keeping a safe and orderly distance behind each vehicle. Our guide leads in his vehicle and in many occasions, we will also have a middle guide and/or a follow up guide at the rear of the train.
As for expedition attire – comfortable, casual, cool clothing & shoes is perfect for the trail. You might want to grab a couple of pool towels from your resort just in case of a rain shower. And I’d also bring along some sun screen, sun glasses and a camera. Note – we do not stop for food so bring along a snack bar if you wish.
St. Kitts 6-1/2 hour Land Tour Q & A’s
Back on land, we proceed up the beautiful south peninsula road (very similar in looks & feel to the back side of St. Johns USVI) and into the Rain Forest above the airport. Dropping down, we will travel back along the Atlantic side of Kitts and again down the south peninsula where we will explore the various lookouts & beaches. At the end, we will stop for lunch and/or a swim before re-boarding the SeaBridge @ 2 PM for our return to Nevis.
Please note our Kitts tours are subject to weather & sea conditions and that SeaBridge departure times may vary with “island time”!!! Most of the additional information found in the above Nevis 3-1/2 hour Land Tour Q & A’s is applicable to our St. Kitts Tours as well.
Nevis & Kitts 5-1/2 hour Jet Ski Tour Q & A’s
So if you’re looking for the ultimate Jet Ski adventure – try our 5-1/2 hour two island tour of Nevis and Kitts – you WILL get wet! We originated this tour several years ago and it’s very popular. It’s a beach, beach, bar, bar, snorkel, snorkel, bar, bar stop for lunch kind of thing along the Leeward coast of both islands. The channel crossing is a blast and there’s a good chance you’ll come face to face with turtle or whale! We first meet at our office @ 10:30 AM for route, operational and safety instructions, then hit the water returning around 4 PM – wet, toasted & fried! The cost is $450 usd / Jet Ski accommodating up to three riders. Reservations only!
4 x 4 Rentals Q & A’s
Jet Ski Rentals Q & A’s
Our rentals operate off the beach next to the Yachtsman Grill and cost $75/half hour if the ski is already in the water otherwise it’s a one hour minimum @ $150 if we put the ski in the water specifically for your behalf – most ride skis for an hour or more. Our operational area for rentals runs from Sunshine’s Bar to Oaulie Beach Resort (about a 5-mile run) and no more than 1/2 mile out to sea. The safety of our guests is our main concern – all guests go out with a US Coast Guard Life Vest, full instructions and a handheld VHF Radio. We want you to have fun but be safe!
Note – A lot of our hourly jet ski renters become our 5-1/2 hour Kitts & Nevis Jet Ski Tour riders!
Vespa Scooter Rentals Q & A’s
The Funky Monkey Story
Just out of college, I found myself spending my vacation time on family Caribbean Cruises and island destination visits. Years later I took up sailing and chartered throughout the Bahamas, US & British Virgin Islands and the Grenadines (St. Vincent down to Grenada). Great times but sailing eventually became too slow for my personality so I took up flying and piloted my way around all the islands in a variety of single, twin, turboprop & light jet aircraft under my banner of Eager Beaver Air Service (another adventure!). I hated going back to Michigan after each trip dreaming of one day where I’d stop being a “tourist” and become a “local” by actually living on an island – and maybe even owning a beach bar! Well, somehow that just happened back in the early 2000’s. After crossing off my “Bucket List item” of being certified to land in St. Barth’s, I threw a dart at the map and it landed on Nevis (right or wrong!) where I finally put my feet firmly in the sand. I took the seats out of my CJ, loaded up my stuff, and flew down from the frozen Midwest landing in a major rain storm after a few go arounds. And that, my friends, is when my “real Caribbean adventure” began – it’s a story that’s still being written as the Carnival continues!
After an initial couple of years of washing my Jeep, mowing our lawn and drinking silly rum drinks with small umbrellas, I was bored out of my mind. I originally brought down a Polaris 4×4 with me and folks were always interested in it. One afternoon, a local restauranteur asked me if I would take a few of his guests out and show them around the island. I distinctly remember calling some of my buddy’s back in Michigan that day telling them of my new job as a tour guide! From light jets to Polaris 4×4’s! – I liked it and the business literally took off all on its own. The name – Funky Monkey – came about over a few drinks because of all the monkeys on the island. For the first couple of years, my wife and I did all the tours primarily for entertainment as there’s not much to do on Nevis – we called it our “rum punch tour” as we sampled punches from each resort while in route. As the business grew, we eventually hired guides. And then came along our Yachtsman Grill – another story all in its own. Now I find myself working harder than ever in my “retired” life but thoroughly loving it. Funky Monkey is like Walt Disney World on Nevis as we’re the “happiest company on the island!” But don’t take it from me – see our guest reviews on Trip Advisor and you’ll know why we’ve been the #1 Attraction on Nevis for 10 years in a row!