Stingray City in Antigua
Duration: Half Day
The beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua is renowned for its spectacular undersea world, which boasts a plethora of marine life and pristine coral reefs. Some of the best snorkeling and diving experiences are located around the protected islands of North South, where you will find the enchanting Stingray City. This tour will enable you to get up close to one of the most fascinating sea creatures in the ocean as you touch and feed the resident Southern Stingrays in their natural environment.
A short boat ride from the village of Seatons on the north coast of the island will take you across the sparkling turquoise Caribbean waters, past the small, uninhabited islands of North Sound Marine Park. Enjoy the stunning scenery on the way before approaching Barge Reef, the home of Stingray City, one of Antigua’s most popular family attractions.
Stingrays are generally thought to be quite dangerous creatures, with their ability to lash out and deliver a lethal sting from their deadly tails, but the tame stingrays at the manmade Stingray City are friendly, gentle and happy to receive plenty of attention from visitors. Known as ‘the brightest rays in the Caribbean’, they are a delight to swim with – even though it may seem slightly daunting at first! Listen carefully to the instructions given by the skilled stingray handlers and there won’t be any risks. This wonderful experience is extremely safe, fun and educational for all the family.
Your experienced guide will teach you all about the stingray’s characteristics and feeding habits as you enter the warm, crystal clear shallow waters. You will get the chance to swim and play with the stingrays and snorkel amongst Stingray City’s very own protected coral reef, which is inhabited by other exciting marine life such as colourful tropical fish, starfish, sea turtles and many more incredible creatures.
During your time in the water you will also get the opportunity to feed the stingrays and gently touch them. You can even get your picture taken holding one of these docile fish, which are actually a member of the shark family. You will be amazed at their gentle behaviour. The waters are only 3-6 feet deep so even non-swimmers can enjoy this exciting experience. Not to be missed, this unforgettable adventure will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in Antigua.
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