Mac, We were in Barbados 2/01 and are going back soon. We got into a taxi and told him to take us to a beach. The taxi driver took us to a lovely beach with a bar/rest., snorkling, jet skis and parasailing. There was everything you wanted and not many people. I am sorry I don't remember the name but it was on the other side of the island. We could see the ship from our beach. But my point is you will be able to rent or do anything you want without the shore excursions. Just get off the ship and take a taxi. We found this to be the best way to really so some nice things without the hurding of people.