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Cades Reef Tours

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Cades Reef
Just off the coast of Antigua sits Cades Reef, an underwater park and one of the island’s best snorkeling and diving spots. With clear visibility and a wide variety of sea creatures, a trip to the reef makes an exciting family-friendly break from the beach.

The Basics
On calm-weather days, visibility at Cades Reef can be up to 100 feet (30 meters) deep. You may even be able to spot an old sunken yacht on the outer reef.

Boat tours offer a convenient way to visit Cades Reef, and typically include round-trip transport, snacks, and use of snorkeling gear. Most tours are led by a guide with knowledge of the reef’s best sealife-viewing locations. Self-guided boat rentals, available for those with some experience driving, allow visitors to explore the sparkling Caribbean waters at their leisure.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cades Reef is ideal for snorkelers, scuba divers, and families with children looking for an alternative to another day at the beach.
  • To round out a day trip to Cades Reef, take a kayak for a spin through the nearby mangrove trees.
  • Remember to tote sun protection and plenty of drinking water.

How to Get There
Cades Reef is a short 10-minute boat ride from Carlisle Bay or Jolly Harbor on the south side of Antigua.

When to Get There
Tours to Cades Reef depart year-round. For the best ocean visibility, go when the weather is clear. Antigua’s peak travel season is December through April, so for a quieter visit consider the off-months, even though there will be a slightly higher chance of rain; October tends to be the wettest.

The Chimney
One of the reef’s noteworthy features is the Chimney, a collection of huge coral pillars that create a natural staircase for scuba divers, descending from 40 feet (12 meters) to 80 (24 meters) feet deep. Tucked below the Chimney is a tunnel that divers can swim through and observe sleeping nurse sharks.
Address: Cades Bay, Antigua and Barbuda
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Cades Reef Snorkel Cruise

Cades Reef Snorkel Cruise

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Explore the amazing marine life and crystal-clear waters of Antigua at Cades Reef, considered one of the island’s top snorkel sites, on this 6-hour cruise. This 2-mile (3.2km) long reef is home to a wealth of sea creatures, including barracudas, moray eels and colorful coral. Explore the warm 80-degree Fahrenheit (26 C) waters before climbing back on your boat for a tasty lunch and an exploration of a nearby beach. Your snorkel excursion also includes all necessary equipment and round-trip transportation from select hotels.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$147.44
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$147.44
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Antigua Reef Riders Self-Drive Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Antigua Reef Riders Self-Drive Boat and Snorkeling Tour

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Hop in your own 2-seater motorized boat and follow a guide to secluded natural locations off the coast of Antigua. In addition to navigating, your guide brings you to the best that the island has to offer, from the coastline views of Darkwood Beach to a snorkeling session at Antigua National Marine Park. Round-trip hotel transport is included for your convenience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$136.89
Price varies by group size
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$136.89
Price varies by group size
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Shore Excursion - Antigua Reef Riders Self-Drive Boat and Snorkeling

Shore Excursion - Antigua Reef Riders Self-Drive Boat and Snorkeling

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Hop aboard your very own inflatable motorboat and sail out to Cades Reef on this 2.5-hour shore excursion. Zoom across the pristine waters and then gear up for a 45-minute snorkel adventure in Antigua’s National Marine Park to search for local species such as stingrays, parrotfish, surgeon-fish, and colorful coral reefs. Enjoy your time on the water making donuts, figure eights, and much more with a professional instructor.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$136.89
Price varies by group size
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$136.89
Price varies by group size
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Antigua Reef Rider Reef Ray Self Drive & Power Snorkel Combo Tour

Antigua Reef Rider Reef Ray Self Drive & Power Snorkel Combo Tour

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Tired of the standard snorkeling tours? We are proud to introduce the world's ONLY Self Drive Boat and Self Propelled Snorkelling Tour. All of the fun of the standard Antigua Reef Rider Snorkeling Tour PLUS the chance to use one of our exclusive Reef Ray DPVs. Our Reef Rays offer the fastest, smoothest, most powerful and simply the coolest way to experience the reef for that ultimate James Bond Experience. Each guest has their own Reef Ray to pull them effortlessly through the water on or below the surface. The Reef Riders offer a fun, safe, enclosed, secure, and exhilarating experience, far safer than jetskis, and there’s absolutely no previous experience required. That’s why our tours are recommended by most of the cruise lines visiting our island, including: ♦ Royal Caribbean ♦ Celebrity Cruises ♦ P & O ♦ NCL ♦ Viking ♦ Disney ♦Carnival ♦ Marella (Formerly Thomson and Tui) ♦ Aida ♦ Costa ♦ Windstar ♦Royal Clipper ♦ Crystal ♦ SilverSea
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$182.52
Price varies by group size
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$182.52
Price varies by group size
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