A variety of land and sea activities await the adventure-seeker. In Antigua you can zip through the rainforest on high wires, swim with stingrays, hike, bike, dive, kayak, kite surf, fish and so much more. Water sports abound from sailing, boat cruising, water skiing, deep sea and reef fishing to scuba diving and snorkeling. For land lovers, the island offers popular activities such as horseback riding, hiking, island safaris, painting and cooking classes, walking tours, bird-watching adventures and helicopter tours.
Also be sure to discover Barbuda, Antigua’s less developed sister island, known for its pristine stretch of 17-miles of pink sand beach and teeming with wildlife and rare birds. Just a 15-minute flight or two-hour ferry ride away, it offers the ultimate Robinson Crusoe-style escape. The island is home to the largest colony of Frigate birds in the western hemisphere.
The Antigua Rainforest Company is located in the heart of the island’s Fig Tree Drive rainforest just after the village of John Hughes. We are Antigua’s only zip line and rope adventure operators and have been in successful and safe operation for over 10 years.
The Caribbean truly is a breathtaking landscape best experienced by air. From the stunning, crystal-clear turquoise water, vast reef systems, miles of untouched white sand beaches, and historic sights, we invite you to take in all its beauty with a bird’s-eye view.
Your Stingray City Antigua Snorkel Adventure will be the highlight of your vacation, and an experience that will live with you forever. Our Southern Rays are the brightest rays in the Caribbean, very friendly and gentle. Come and enjoy with us this unique experience of interacting and feeding a Stingray, together with snorkeling amongst magnificent coral reefs and colorful tropical fish.
Antiguan’s and Barbudan’s are cricket-lovers and the country has produced four of the greatest West Indies Test cricket players. The famous Antigua Recreation Grounds, The Sir Vivian Cricket Stadium and the Coolidge Cricket Grounds are three of the finest venues in the Caribbean to take in a local, regional, or international match. Visit the Antigua and Barbuda Museum to see the infamous cricket bat of Sir Vivian Richards, native Antiguan, former captain of the West Indies Cricket Team, and one of the greatest batsmen of all time and our National Hero. Cricket matches are played throughout the island during the Cricket season which runs from January – July.
Our juicy mango gets its moment to shine in July during the Antigua and Barbuda Mango Festival. The two-day event showcases a variety of mangoes that will delight passionate mango-lovers. The Mango stalls overflow, with a selection of mangoes, mango trees on sale, and the very best mango treats such as jams, pepper sauces, wines, smoothies, pastries, ice-creams, scented candles and soaps all made in Antigua and Barbuda.
Set in the picture-perfect are in and around the Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage site, surounded by the deep-blue Caribbean Sea of Antigua’s south coast, with ever present trade winds, is the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week, one of the world’s finest regattas. The regatta draws thousands of serious sailors, the world’s top racing boats, competing in five challenging days of racing in the best sailing conditions. The Antiguan hospitality, combined with the famous social scene and fun-filled Lay Day activities, this is a regatta not to be missed.
Take a breath-taking eco fantasy tour starting in our exotic palm tree garden; stroll through our Fantasy Pyramid Park; kayak through the peaceful mangroves and finally snorkel around Cades Reef (one of our biggest reefs on the west coast of the island). You can also just relax and sunbathe on our secluded white sand beach.
We provide a wide variety of entertaining and interesting tours offering you the opportunity to discover the unique essence of Antigua and Barbuda by land, sea and air!
Considered the Sailing Capital of the Caribbean, Antigua is the perfect destination for persons wishing to learn to sail. Learn to sail programmes are available at hotels such as Nonsuch Bay, which offers a dedicated centre (40knots.net) or with OnDeck Antigua or National Sailing Academy in English Harbour, the only RYA (Royal Yachting Association) registered dinghy training centre in the Caribbean. There is also a women’s only sailing school option.
Antigua offers excellent snorkeling opportunities for those interested in life under the sea. Visitors interested in staying close to the shore, Long Bay is the perfect spot. For the more adventurous, explore the beauty of Cades Reef, Paradise Reef/Andes and off-shore islands such as Green Island. The Pillars of Hercules spectacular limestone rock formation that guards the entrance to English Harbour is a must see. Experience it all by booking through tour providers.
Cades Reef: South Coast Horizons, Tropical Adventures
Green Island: Adventure Antigua
Pillars of Hercules: Snorkeling Antigua
Paradise Reef / The Andes: Available via private boat
Visitors step into the Caribbean’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and Antigua and Barbuda’s first, when they visit Nelson’s Dockyard and surrounding National Parks. Explore beautiful 18th 19th century Georgian-style buildings and a naval museum. See historic forts, walk along hiking trails and scenic landscapes. Antigua’s famous Shirley Heights Lookout provides a gorgeous view of English Harbour, one of Antigua’s most photographed vistas.
Hiking has become quite a popular activity in Antigua and there are many trails and tracks available for exploration by the seasoned or beginner hiker Visitors keen to stretch their legs and venture off-the-beaten track, will be rewarded with scenic views of lush hills, historical sites and Forts or amazing coastlines. Grab your sneakers and comfy clothing and hike into Antigua. There are a number of hike companies willing to guide you.
The 5am Hiking Club was formed sometime in October 2009, a specific date which no one remembers, because they were so overjoyed every Saturday morning at 5 o'clock. The name was derived by two friends Oral Evanson and Connie Richmond and 8 other friends who work at APUA decided to journey to Falmouth for the start of the hike which ended up at the famous Rendezvous Bay.
Happy Heights in its essence, is about getting the blood flowing through your body whilst capturing your wild side through conquering vivid tropical landscapes. On our hikes, you can expect to encounter beautiful trees, exotic wildlife and picturesque panoramic views, all with a cool island breeze running through your hair.
Join us as we trek to the most scenic and rewarding parts of Antigua. You need not be an athlete to participate, but you need to be interested in experiencing Antigua’s incredible scenery in an active manner!
Footsteps Rainforest Hiking Tours
Hash House Harriers
In a destination known for 365 of the bluest blues with turquoise seas and azure skies, Antigua and Barbuda is highlighting another side of its gorgeous landscape on the south-west coastline; focusing on its lush green rainforest, rolling hills, environmentally aware hotels, restaurants and activities that surround the area now known as ‘The Green Corridor’. The Green Corridor, which stretches along the south-west coast from the village of Bolans to the village of John Hughes in Antigua, where the Wallings Nature Reserve can be found.
Our sister island Barbuda, is home to the largest Frigate Bird Colony in the western hemisphere. This colony is located in the capital of Barbuda - Codrington - in the Codrington Lagoon, and is only accessible by a short boat trip with a knowledgeable tour guide.
Adventure Antigua has been taking guests to the most beautiful coastal destinations by boat since 1999. Started by Eli Fuller, a third generation Antiguan adventurer, this company is different than many other snorkeling and sightseeing tour companies because each trip was carefully designed to make sure that guests get the most educational and authentic day out on the water possible.
Journey by boat to a deserted beach for this wonderful Antigua adventure and witness the nesting and hatching of Hawksbill turtles. This activity is safely organised by the Environmental Awareness Group.
In addition to bird-watching in Barbuda, the off-shore islands – Long Island and Great Bird Island – also offer outstanding opportunities for birdwatchers. There is also the possibility of finding the previously endangered Antigua Racer Snake, which can only be found on Great Bird Island.
As the sailing capital of the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda is proud to be able to offer visitors the chance to sail as part of the National Sailing Academy’s ‘Sailability Programme’ where instructors who have had many years’ experience in sailing for the disabled, are happy to welcome visitors onboard.
Bob Bailey: Director of Sailability Antigua and Barbuda 1-268-783-8553
Elizabeth Jordan: President of the National Sailing Academy 1-268-464-4265