Island Hopper offers a low-cost eSIM that works in 24 countries across the Caribbean Islands. Island Hopper plans start from US$15 and are available from Airalo.
If you're planning a trip to the Caribbean Islands, one of the easiest ways to use your cellphone whilst you're there is with a Island Hopper eSIM.
You can get a Island Hopper eSIM from US$15 at Airalo. This will allow you to use your cellphone in the Caribbean Islands for up to 7 days. The Island Hopper eSIM is available on a pre-paid basis for visitors to the Caribbean Islands and can be used in a total of 24 countries.
In this article, we'll look at the Island Hopper service in the Caribbean Islands, including how you're able to get it and the best Island Hopper eSIM deals. We'll also look at the coverage available on a Island Hopper eSIM, and the other ways of using your mobile phone in the Caribbean Islands (e.g. through international roaming).
|Plans From:||US$15 for 7 days|
|Coverage:||24 countries across the Caribbean Islands|
Island Hopper Plans
If you're looking for an affordable way to use your cellphone when travelling in the Caribbean Islands, you can get a Island Hopper eSIM from only US$15 for 7 days usage.
To get a Island Hopper eSIM, you'll need to have an eSIM-compatible device such as the iPhone 11, Galaxy S20, Pixel 3 or later devices. You can then order your Island Hopper eSIM through the Airalo app with instant delivery direct to your phone. There's no need to queue at the airport or to register the Island Hopper eSIM with your ID, saving you lots of time.
The following table shows the eSIM plans that are currently available from Island Hopper in the Caribbean Islands:
valid for 7 days
As a special offer for November 2023, you can get a 10% discount on all Island Hopper eSIMs. Simply enter the KEN10 voucher code at checkout. This offer is only available if you're new to Airalo.
If you've already used an Airalo eSIM in the past, you can use the KEN5 voucher code to get a 5% discount on your plan.
Once you've ordered your Island Hopper eSIM, it will only activate when your cellphone actually connects to a supported network in the Caribbean Islands. This means the validity period will only begin when you actually land in the Caribbean Islands and turn your cellphone on.
Your Island Hopper eSIM works with the dual-SIM function on most modern smartphones. This means you can use your regular SIM card alongside the Island Hopper eSIM (e.g. to receive incoming phone calls and text messages on your normal phone number).
Island Hopper eSIM Destinations
Your Island Hopper eSIM from Airalo can be used in the following 24 countries:
- Antigua And Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- French Guiana
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Alternatives to Island Hopper
The main disadvantage of Island Hopper is the fact you're getting a data-only service on the eSIM. You will not get a local phone number in the Caribbean Islands when you're using the Island Hopper eSIM in your phone.
If you'd like to call or text whilst you're travelling in the Caribbean Islands, you'll need to use your normal SIM card instead (on which international roaming fees may apply). Alternatively, you can side-step these charges by making your calls through WhatsApp or other similar apps.
If you're looking for a more fully featured SIM card with a local phone number in the Caribbean Islands, you could consider getting a regular prepaid SIM card upon arrival instead. This will involve some additional hassle (e.g. queuing up at the airport to get your SIM card, a registration process for the SIM card, etc) but it can be preferable and better suited for longer-term use in the Caribbean Islands.
Island Hopper Coverage
If you're using a Island Hopper eSIM, you'll have access to coverage from the partner mobile networks from across the Caribbean Islands:
|Country||Coverage Provider||Network Type|
|Antigua And Barbuda||Flow||4G|
|British Virgin Islands||Flow||4G|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Flow||4G|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Flow||4G|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Digicel||4G|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Flow||4G|
If you're only planning to visit one country on your trip, it may be cheaper to get a country-specific eSIM instead. This will normally be available at a slightly lower price than the Island Hopper eSIM.
Other Airalo eSIMs
Airalo's Island Hopper eSIM can only be used in the Caribbean Islands.
The following regional eSIMs are also available from Airalo, covering other parts of the world:
- Hello Africa (Africa)
- Asialink (Asia)
- Eurolink (Europe)
- Discover (Global)
- Latamlink (Latin America)
- Menalink (Middle East and North Africa)
- Americanmex (North America)
Country Specific eSIMs
You can also buy country-specific eSIMs from Airalo, including the following:
- Yes! Go! (Australia)
- Maneiro (Brazil)
- Tuque Mobile (Canada)
- Chinacom (China)
- Bonbon Mobile (France)
- Hallo! Mobil (Germany)
- Hkmobile (Hong Kong)
- Indicomm (India)
- Indotel (Indonesia)
- Mamma Mia (Italy)
- Moshi Moshi (Japan)
- Chorro Fon (Mexico)
- Choukran (Morocco)
- Fofo Mobil (Portugal)
- CellSA (South Africa)
- Guay Mobile (Spain)
- Merhaba (Turkey)
- Burj Mobile (United Arab Emirates)
- Uki Mobile (United Kingdom)
- Change Mobile (United States)
- Xin Chao (Vietnam)
For more information, read our Airalo review.
For more information about Island Hopper, please see the Airalo website. If you're based inside the UK, you can also read our guide on the best SIM cards for roaming in the Caribbean Islands.