Antigua Snorkeling Excursion Reviews
the kayak eco tour was the best. we kayaked quite a bit in beautiful aqua water. learned about the mangroves, held star fish and sea urchins. snorkled and saw lots of different species of fish. the boat ride was incredible to and from the mainland. we recieved cool wash clothes when we were done as well as rum punch and banana bread. WONDERFUL experience. highly recommended.
ANO3 Ships tour Catamaran Sail, Snorkel and Beach Cruise (Notice it says beach)
This was the most entertaining, engaging crew I have every sailed with. The fellow who can limbo, completely blew my mind. The staff gave an excellent safety lesson before we got in the water. We were on Paradise Reef, which I heard was three miles long and we snorkeled at a place called bones. Which I wondered later, if it was because of the dead reef. There was not much to see except jelly fish and one as large as a saucer. They apparently are not that much of an issue but they are beautiful.
We jumped off the back of the boat rather than go on the beach for the second stop. The water was also clouded and I assume the winter storms had something to do with visibility.
The boat was in good shape and if you are not too keen on what you see but want some great rum punch and fun this is a good tour, with staff looking out for you.
We did the Catamaran Cruise with Lobster lunch and had a beautiful day on the ocean under sunny skies with maybe 20 people on the boat in total; The crew is laid back and fun, we stopped at two beautiful beaches for ample time to relax, swim and sun; On one of them, a few wanted to snorkel so they took them out to a reef in a dingy. Didn't look like the safest situation (no life jackets, etc), but everything worked out fine; The lunch was delicious with absolutely HUGE lobsters for everyone, so big I couldn't finish; All in all, a great day;
We liked Antiqua, mostly because we got to snorkel and the weather was amazing that day. We had booked an afternoon snorkeling cruise through the ship. We spent the morning walking through the shopping area that is right by the pier. There were tons of shops, plus an open air type market where the vendors liked to haggle with you over price. Our snorkel adventure left right from the pier, which was convenient.
This particular snorkel tour was via catamaran, and after a boat ride out to a coral reef offshore, we had about an hour in the water. Keep in mind that this is more "open ocean" snorkeling, so it takes a bit of effort to swim against the tide. There were always people from the boat out in the water to help if need be. We saw quite a few fish, but mostly coral. After the first hour, we loaded back onto the boat (via ONE ladder) and headed to a second location for a beach stop.
One word of caution: After the first snorkel site and again after the beach stop, the RUM PUNCH flows freely. And it's more like lots of rum with food coloring and sugar added! It quickly became the party boat, and everyone was feeling PRETTY happy. :) Personally I think they do this to get you relaxed so you'll give them a good cash tip at the end, but whatever. It was a lot of fun, and we would do it again in a hearbeat! The boat ride is half the fun!