Antigua Kayaking Excursion Reviews

Antiguans like to boast that they have 365 beaches -- one for each day of the year. And while no one is really counting to ensure the accuracy of this catchy marketing campaign, it's true that this squiggly-shaped island is full of beachy gems, each with their own unique appeal. The best beach for active types is Dickenson Bay, just a five- to 10-minute taxi ride from the cruise ship dock.
A great, active shore excursion.
Sail Date: March 2019
A great, active shore excursion. The kayaking was fun and informative, but we had a malfunctioning seat in the kayak that wasn't fun. The snorkeling was only okay. A lot of dead coral and not a lot of fish. LOVED the gardens in ... Read More
A great, active shore excursion. The kayaking was fun and informative, but we had a malfunctioning seat in the kayak that wasn't fun. The snorkeling was only okay. A lot of dead coral and not a lot of fish. LOVED the gardens in the departure/arrival area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the Eco Tour where we hiked, snorkeled, and kayaked.
Sail Date: February 2019
We did the Eco Tour where we hiked, snorkeled, and kayaked. This was an amazing tour. We enjoyed the variety of the three activities. The staff were awesome, friendly, helpful and went above and beyond.
We did the Eco Tour where we hiked, snorkeled, and kayaked. This was an amazing tour. We enjoyed the variety of the three activities. The staff were awesome, friendly, helpful and went above and beyond. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Really great 1.5 hours almost kayaking.
Sail Date: February 2019
Really great 1.5 hours almost kayaking. We learned about the marine life in the waters and the advantages of mangroves. There were 2 people per kayak, the area which we explored we were boated out to.
Really great 1.5 hours almost kayaking. We learned about the marine life in the waters and the advantages of mangroves. There were 2 people per kayak, the area which we explored we were boated out to. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
We kayaked, snorkeled, hiked, and swam.
Sail Date: February 2019
We kayaked, snorkeled, hiked, and swam. It was a great excursion.
We kayaked, snorkeled, hiked, and swam. It was a great excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Did kayak and snorkel tour.
Sail Date: February 2019
Did kayak and snorkel tour. Had transportation from the ship and back with informative driver. Small groups gave quality attention to each guest. Banana bread and rum punch was a nice touch. Also hosts provided a warm cloth to wipe the ... Read More
Did kayak and snorkel tour. Had transportation from the ship and back with informative driver. Small groups gave quality attention to each guest. Banana bread and rum punch was a nice touch. Also hosts provided a warm cloth to wipe the salt off your face. Enjoyable day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was more arduous than I’d expected.
Sail Date: December 2018
This was more arduous than I’d expected. Captain of our boat was a daredevil - I’ve never gone that fast on the water. Sea conditions were rough and some of the guests had to be rescued snorkeling. Not sure the outfit Celebrity uses ... Read More
This was more arduous than I’d expected. Captain of our boat was a daredevil - I’ve never gone that fast on the water. Sea conditions were rough and some of the guests had to be rescued snorkeling. Not sure the outfit Celebrity uses has the best judgment. Kayaking was similarly rough and a couple novices were at risk of being swept out to sea. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Kayaking and snorkeling.
Sail Date: December 2018
Kayaking and snorkeling. Wonderful full day adventure!
Kayaking and snorkeling. Wonderful full day adventure! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Although the description stated “a high speed boat ride begins your excursion” they omitted the ...
Sail Date: March 2018
Although the description stated “a high speed boat ride begins your excursion” they omitted the 1/2 hour bus ride to get there. Once to our destination, the kayaking and snorkeling was a lot of fun,
Although the description stated “a high speed boat ride begins your excursion” they omitted the 1/2 hour bus ride to get there. Once to our destination, the kayaking and snorkeling was a lot of fun, Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
We went on the Kayak & Snorkel Eco Adventure.
Sail Date: February 2018
We went on the Kayak & Snorkel Eco Adventure. We speed boated out to an island surrounded by a mangrove where we got into kayaks. They didn't give much by way of instruction, but you don't really need it. The guide led us ... Read More
We went on the Kayak & Snorkel Eco Adventure. We speed boated out to an island surrounded by a mangrove where we got into kayaks. They didn't give much by way of instruction, but you don't really need it. The guide led us on a kayak ride around the island and the mangrove. He'd stop from time to time to pass around a starfish, sea cucumber or other creature in the water. It was a fun time - you get really wet. Next we boated to where we were meant to snorkel but unfortunately the weather was windy, the water was choppy and they said the water would be too churned up for us to see much. Instead we just hung out in the sand and swam in the bay we were supposed to snorkel in. It was fun. Our guide led us up a rather rugged bit of land to see some amazing views and a sinkhole in the rocks. Fun! Finally, we got back in the speedboats and zipped back to our starting place. It was an exhilarating and beautiful ride. We lingered at the home of the tour owners for about 15 minutes enjoying their pretty garden as well as cake and punch. I had a terrific time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We purchased a kayaking and snorkeling tour through the ship.
Sail Date: February 2018
We purchased a kayaking and snorkeling tour through the ship. We had a wonderful time.
We purchased a kayaking and snorkeling tour through the ship. We had a wonderful time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Snorkeling was good, hiking was good, kayaking was great and clubhouse was a treat
Sail Date: January 2018
Snorkeling was good, hiking was good, kayaking was great and clubhouse was a treat
Snorkeling was good, hiking was good, kayaking was great and clubhouse was a treat Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Did the stingray/Kayak adventure.
Sail Date: October 2017
Did the stingray/Kayak adventure. Very good excursion. Little bit on the long side of a drive (1/2 hour or so?). Boarded a fast skiff type of boat to take us to the stingrays (8 minute boat ride). Spent 45 minutes or so there (plenty ... Read More
Did the stingray/Kayak adventure. Very good excursion. Little bit on the long side of a drive (1/2 hour or so?). Boarded a fast skiff type of boat to take us to the stingrays (8 minute boat ride). Spent 45 minutes or so there (plenty of time) also able to do some snorkeling if you want. Boarded the boat for about a 5 minute boat ride to a dock with the kayaks. Got into the kayaks and paddled through the Mangroves. Very fun. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
We booked with this independent company before our cruise.
Sail Date: August 2017
We booked with this independent company before our cruise. We were able to kayak, snorkel, hike, and enjoy refreshments. It was a wonderful experience, less than $60. each and well worth it. Very nice folks and our group was only about 15 ... Read More
We booked with this independent company before our cruise. We were able to kayak, snorkel, hike, and enjoy refreshments. It was a wonderful experience, less than $60. each and well worth it. Very nice folks and our group was only about 15 people. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The best excursion!
Sail Date: April 2017
The best excursion! We did a kayak, hike, and snorkel along with a small beach break. At the end we were treating to time in a gorgeous garden with rum punch and banana bread. The guides were awesome. The kayaks were all doubles so ... Read More
The best excursion! We did a kayak, hike, and snorkel along with a small beach break. At the end we were treating to time in a gorgeous garden with rum punch and banana bread. The guides were awesome. The kayaks were all doubles so you partnered up. The guides showed us different marine life that lived in the mangroves we kayaked through. After that we boarded speedboats to do a little snorkeling. The snorkeling was pretty good and easy too - no strong currents. After the snorkeling we took the boats to a small little stretch of the island where we could hike if we wished and/or play on the beach and in the water. There was a local woman who had some grilled food and beverages and local beer. It was quite nice. After that is when we headed back to the start where we sat in the beautiful garden with punch and banana bread until our buses arrived back. Hands down the very best excursion I have ever taken Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
This was the Kayak and Snorkel Eco Adventure.
Sail Date: April 2017
This was the Kayak and Snorkel Eco Adventure. We went by air conditioned van to a point in the north of the island where we met our boats to take us to a group of smaller islands to go kayaking. Our guides were informative and funny. They ... Read More
This was the Kayak and Snorkel Eco Adventure. We went by air conditioned van to a point in the north of the island where we met our boats to take us to a group of smaller islands to go kayaking. Our guides were informative and funny. They showed us conch and star fish that they found while we kayaked. Safety was top rate especially since there were several young children in the group. After kayaking around the mangrove for a short while, we went to another small island with a nice beach where we spent some time snorkeling. We had the same guide who was terrific. Finally we returned to our original starting point which was a lovely estate with chairs scattered about the grounds where we relaxed and were served delicious home baked banana bread and punch. Our hosts at the estate were very gracious. When our vans arrived we had a nice drive back to the ship. This was a top rate excursion run by very thoughtful and knowledgeable people. I highly recommend it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The kayaking through the mangroves was much better.
Sail Date: March 2017
The kayaking through the mangroves was much better. We saw turtles, conch and starfish and lots of birds.
The kayaking through the mangroves was much better. We saw turtles, conch and starfish and lots of birds. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Long bus ride but got to see some "culture" outside of the port.
Sail Date: March 2017
Long bus ride but got to see some "culture" outside of the port. Fun excursion of kayak in the mangos, snorkeling around coral reefs, and a small hike up a hill for excellent views
Long bus ride but got to see some "culture" outside of the port. Fun excursion of kayak in the mangos, snorkeling around coral reefs, and a small hike up a hill for excellent views Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very good tour.
Sail Date: March 2017
Very good tour. From the boat, the guides took you to a dock area where you had a quick safety briefing and were put onto boats. From there you took a quick ride to the dock where the kayaks were kept. After getting suited up, the guides ... Read More
Very good tour. From the boat, the guides took you to a dock area where you had a quick safety briefing and were put onto boats. From there you took a quick ride to the dock where the kayaks were kept. After getting suited up, the guides took you out to the mangroves. The guide was helpful, knowledgeable, and very professional. From there, back to the dock and whisked out to Bird Island. We had a "hike" which was really a 5 minute walk up a path to the top of a little hill. Then back down to the beach for some to snorkel while others (like me) stayed ashore and enjoyed some of the local beers (cheap and tasty). Very good tour and would recommend. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was our favourite P&O trip.
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our favourite P&O trip. We were driven across the island to an activity centre where we were taken on a boat ride through the mangroves. We landed at a kayak station where after some instructions we set off in double manned ... Read More
This was our favourite P&O trip. We were driven across the island to an activity centre where we were taken on a boat ride through the mangroves. We landed at a kayak station where after some instructions we set off in double manned kayaks following our guide through the mangroves. At intervals he stopped to show us various sea creatures & provide us with information. We then went by boat to a beautiful stretch of water where we snorkelled over a reef. Following this we went to Bird Island where we climbed a short hill to experience the views. Back down on the gorgeous beach we swam & were then given rum punch & banana cake. The trip finished with a fast boat ride back to the base. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
The ride by bus was about 40 minutes to get to the tour.
Sail Date: January 2017
The ride by bus was about 40 minutes to get to the tour. Ernest was our guide and captain and was great. First he gave you snorkel gear and then took us out on the boat to o pick up ocean kayaks at a dock by the mangrove trees. They were ... Read More
The ride by bus was about 40 minutes to get to the tour. Ernest was our guide and captain and was great. First he gave you snorkel gear and then took us out on the boat to o pick up ocean kayaks at a dock by the mangrove trees. They were ocean kayaks with no backs and were the most uncomfortable kayaks I have used and we kayak frequently. There wer also a number of brand new kayakers who unfortunately had difficulty getting through some of the narrow waterways. Ernest did a good job telling us about the mangroves, finding a star fish and sea cucumber to hold. We had one couple whose husband gas parkinons and could normally do a kayak trip but since the kayaks had no backs, he had no support but Ernest went out of his way to try to help his wife get him comfortable. The waters started getting rough and it started to rain so we headed back to the dock and the boat, where we were then taken to a floating dock in the middle off the bay where they tad the stingrays. The stingrays are not enclosed but they were trained that when they heard boats the would cone in since they knew they would be fed. There were several wranglers in waste deep water who would bring over a stingray which you can hold and have your picture taken. They then brought you to another where they showed you hold to hold a piece of squid that you then feed to the stingrays - so cool. All the while the stingrays are bumping into you and swimming by. You then can snorkel in a coral reef area where there are multiple other types of fish to see. It is on this part of the tour that Ernest showed how king and wonderful he was. He lifted the man with Parkinson's and placed him in the water and walked with him and held him so he could experience everything we did. He did leave his side. It made you truly appreciate the kindness of others. The staff were great. We then went back to the boat to go back a shoe but it started to rain and Ernest got us back quickly but between the rain and splash from the boat, you got wear all over again. On shore they prided rum Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Boat trip, kayaking and some beach, snorkel time.
Sail Date: December 2016
Boat trip, kayaking and some beach, snorkel time. It was rougher waters than we expected. Very pretty scenery and great beer that we could purchase on the beach.
Boat trip, kayaking and some beach, snorkel time. It was rougher waters than we expected. Very pretty scenery and great beer that we could purchase on the beach. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Run by Antigua Paddles through the cruise line.
Sail Date: November 2016
Run by Antigua Paddles through the cruise line. Fantastic time, great snorkeling in clear waters and fun kayaking!
Run by Antigua Paddles through the cruise line. Fantastic time, great snorkeling in clear waters and fun kayaking! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Kayak was fun with nature talk by the guide.
Sail Date: November 2016
Kayak was fun with nature talk by the guide.
Kayak was fun with nature talk by the guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A very large tour group was divided into small busloads and we were taken to the home of the family ...
Sail Date: October 2016
A very large tour group was divided into small busloads and we were taken to the home of the family who runs this tour (about a half hour drive). We then went by motor boat to an island where a short hike took us to a beautiful view of ... Read More
A very large tour group was divided into small busloads and we were taken to the home of the family who runs this tour (about a half hour drive). We then went by motor boat to an island where a short hike took us to a beautiful view of the area; again by boat to an area for snorkeling and then to an area where mangroves grow for kayaking; then we had some free time on the same little island as where the hike was before returning to the starting point for banana bread and something to drink. Everything was very well-organized. No complaints! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This was not one of our favorite excursion.
Sail Date: May 2016
This was not one of our favorite excursion. The snorkeling location wasn't very good and was very brief. It wasn't easy to get in and out of the boat for the snorkeling either. We had fun doing the kayaking, our guide was very ... Read More
This was not one of our favorite excursion. The snorkeling location wasn't very good and was very brief. It wasn't easy to get in and out of the boat for the snorkeling either. We had fun doing the kayaking, our guide was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the post adventure banana bread and punch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International