Xtreme Circumnavigation (Including Stingray City)
If you "feel the need for speed," the high-speed offshore runs through the amazing islands of the Antiguan north sound, with their myriad coral reefs, could be the highlight of your entire trip. Climb aboard a high-performance 45-foot power boat capable of reaching speeds of 40 MPH for this extreme Miami Vice-style excursion around Antigua. This portion usually lasts approximately 40 minutes.
We then head to Stingray City Marine Park where you'll snorkel and have your picture taken actually holding one of these ancient and beautiful fish. This session lasts about 45 minutes.
We then head to Green Island, where you'll get a kick out of the Robinson Crusoe style buffet lunch, with your toes in the water. Prior to lunch, you'll have an opportunity to take a walk through the island over to its other beach for a nice swim before.
After lunch, we then head south to the tour of Nelson's Dockyard from the sea with your own on-board local historian. We don't get off the boat, but pull right into the dockyard where all the important structures are fully explained.
We then motor to the awesome Pillars of Hercules, with its volcanic boulders below the surface, for a guided snorkel trip of about 40 minutes.
After the snorkel session, we head for the next swim and beachcombing at the extremely secluded and beautiful Rendezvous Bay. We stay for about 45 minutes before heading back up the West coast into St. Johns.
When choosing this tour, please keep in mind that, although the boat has been designed for offshore racing, the five-mile run from Stingray City to our lunch spot on the north of Green Island could be a little "bumpy" for some. This tour is not recommended if you are pregnant. In addition, rum punch is served only at the end of the tour, so this is not a "booze cruise." However, if you are the kind of person who likes some excitement and wants to experience what an offshore powerboat race feels like, then the spray of this wild, open water section will keep you smiling. If you are "young at heart" (and not "faint of heart"), it could just be the thrill of a lifetime. With five stops along the 50-mile run around the island, this tour is action packed. For those seeking a slower-paced tour around Antigua, we suggest the Eco Tour and Snorkel.
Reviewer: Terrie Patterson
We thoroughly enjoyed our boat ride around Antigua! The island and beaches were beautiful, the staff was fun and engaging and knowledgeable about the island, the stingrays were slightly spooky but overall it was a great time!
Thank you for an amazing day of land and sea.....What a great birthday I had.....
Thrilling Boat Ride from Caribbean to Atlantic. Captain managed speeds and swells very well. High point was swimming with the Stingrays. Price was half what it would have cost on-board cruise ship! tremendous value which allowed the family to enjoy.
We are in our upper 60s and enjoyed this adventurwe immensely.
Reviewer: Pam with the Pugs
This was an expensive excursion and we were hoping it would be 'worth it'. We have been on a number of cruises and mostly have 'pre-booked' only when we were with a larger family group. Many of them have been disappointing (non working equipment, not enough time, etc). This was exceptional from start to finish. Our guides knew so much about every place they took us and everything they showed us. Since these 'fast boats' went around the entire island, we got such a taste for what it would be like to go back to Antigua for a vacation, which is one of the reasons we enjoy sampling new ports on a cruise. We had so much fun the almost 5 hour trip went by in no time. The boat was clean and everything worked. We had four stops interspersed on this trip and each one was a blast. Great food too and when they served beverages, they were authentic, delicious drinks - not the red kool aid stuff that has been presented on other Caribbean excursions as 'rum punch'. All home made. The very most impressive thing, though, was that there was a couple with the group that included a man with severe disabilities - mostly semi paralyzed from his waist down although he could swim. The boat, which was more or less a 'cigarette boat' was not easy to get off and on. This couple had told the crew before booking that perhaps this would disqualify them from going. But they told them 'no problem! We will get him in and out. Trust us'. This guy was not going to let his disability stand in his way if they were game and it was amazing. The four young people who ran this trip got him off and on the boat, into the water, etc. The joy on this man's face was the best part of the trip. His spirit of adventure and their 'can-do' respectful attitude gave all of us an added boost to an already great day. Great!