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WHAT TO DO
FROM OUR SNORKELLING TO OUR OFF-ROADING
Antigua's all about action and adventure too. What better way to experience our natural wonders than to snorkel off our coral reefs or motor through our scenic backwaters? These are just two of the many activities waiting for you outside your hotel...
Our 60-mile coastline is encircled by clear turquoise seas, whether that's the Atlantic in the east or the Caribbean in the west. You can enjoy these waters in any number of ways. Resorts like Hermitage Bay, Carlisle Bay, Jumby Bay Island and Sandals Grande Antigua all offer complimentary non-motorised watersports, with instruction readily available for beginners. Adrenaline-pumping activities like jet skiing and waterskiing are also on offer from our roving beach vendors. Dickenson Bay and Jolly Harbour are both great places to meet up with them.
Antigua’s got quite the flotilla of vessels at your disposal too. Catamaran companies like Wadadli Cats and Tropical Adventures offer anything from snorkelling trips to sunset cruises, while the Barbuda Express and Excellence powerboat can whisk you across to our sister island of Barbuda in 90 minutes flat. But if you prefer the more personal approach, why not let Captain George from CocoVibes Tours introduce you to the island’s coastal delights aboard his nifty 8-seater Boston Whaler? You can even take a guided kayaking tour through the mangroves and uninhabited islands of our North Sound, banana bread and rum punch included.
Prefer to get up close and personal to Antiguan wildlife? Why not feed our stingrays at the award-winning Stingray City? This fence-less aquatic wonderland with its shallow pool and white sand bottom lies just a 5-minute speedboat ride from shore. And if these gentle southern stingrays aren’t quite enough for you, parrots, iguanas and over fifty Giant Aldabra Tortoises are waiting to meet you on nearby Laviscount Island.
Beneath the waves lies Cades Reef. A snorkelling trip to this 2-mile long coral garden could yield sightings of anything from puffer fish to sea turtles. The PADI diving professionals at Indigo Divers will also be happy to introduce you to a whole raft of equally amazing dive sites, most of them only about a 20-minute boat ride from shore.
Antigua's also got 108 square miles of part-volcanic, part-coral land for you to explore. Our Fig Tree Drive rainforest is about as lush as it gets here, a zipline canopy tour an exhilarating way to experience it. For hikers, there are guided walks through Wallings Nature Reserve and challenging climbs up our very own mountain. At 1,320 feet, Boggy Peak is as high as you can get in Antigua without actually taking off. Although if you sign up for a helicopter trip with Calvin Air Helicopters, maybe to the nearby volcano on Montserrat, that’s an option as well...
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