Does anyone know if the watrpark facilities are close to the pier, or do you have to take a taxi? Is this something we can do without booking a formal excursion through the cruise line?
Labadee is a private beach resort owned by Royal Caribbean. There are no taxis or private excursions. Every tour has to be bought from the cruise line. There is a native market where you can buy junk souvenirs sold by the Haitians. I avoid it since they tend to maul you as you walk through. There are three picnic areas where they serve the barbecue lunch. They also have bars set up and servers walk around selling drinks. There are several open trolley cars pulled by tractors that shuttle people around the resort. For perspective, look at the messages posted here . In particular, look at the google earth photo and the map of Labadee.
They essentially move the ship to the beach for a day of fun in the sand and sun. It is a beautiful place.
To answer your other question - you have to buy a ticket to use the Aqua Park and this includes one hour of usage for most of the stuff, but the slide can be used all day. Look here for the details. It is $30 per person.
I didn't think we would like Labadee when we were there last year...I usually don't like just sitting on a beach...WRONG...it was a great day of relaxation, good food, and a funtime walking around....the local Flea Market is a scary place so we spent about 15 seconds there....too much push and pulling to have you look at some things that they were all selling..not really a lot of homemade stuff...
Just relax and enjoy a day of just relaxing:-)
Happy Sailing....Oh there is a zipline if you are so inclinded to be adverturous...
My daughter recenlty was in Haiti on a missions trip. The trip took the just outside of Labadee. You would not understand the poverty and lack of basic needs such as food and water unless you were there. I would encourage you to visit the flea market and be as generous as you can. This is their life line. I wish I could write something to make you understand.