St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda
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Approximately 5½ Hours
Meals not included
Take your experience to the next level with a getaway to Great Bird Island, a nature lover’s delight where the pristine shores and vibrant coral reefs provide a haven for wildlife.
To start the day, you’ll be met at the pier by an experienced and friendly tour guide and board air-conditioned transportation. It’s time for a 25-minute scenic drive to Parham Marina, a picturesque journey through the center of the island. When you arrive, a boat is waiting for you. Take a boat ride through North Sound islands and mangroves en-route to Great Bird Island, one of Antigua’s best locations for snorkeling. Great Bird Island is a 20-acre islet lying almost three kilometers north-east of Antigua. Visitors to Great Bird Island regard it as a "desert island" dream. Named by sailors who were amazed at the number of birds that they found living and nesting there, Great Bird Island is a miniature paradise. White sand beaches at either end of the sandbar are the main attraction for visitors.
You will be given a safety briefing before you are invited to put on your mask, fins, and a buoyancy belt to go snorkeling accompanied by expert guides in the crystal-clear waters. Or you can simply take a swim or relax and soak up the sun in the idyllic location on the beach.
Next, you’ll hike up the hilltop trail to wonderful views of outlying islands and Antigua. It’s ideal for looking for the migrating whales during December to May, sea turtles, and many varieties of birds who nest here throughout the year. Pro tip: bring some binoculars. While it is better known for its two superb beaches, (where you can relax and top up your tan), and closely surrounding coral reefs, it is also one of the only places you may be able to see an Antiguan Racer snake in the wild. (They are only 20 cms long at best, non-venomous and completely harmless). It's also the home to a variety of endangered creatures including exotic, red-billed tropic birds, brown pelicans, rare lizards, West Indian whistling ducks and the magnificent frigate bird or man o’ war bird. It’s a true eco-island paradise.
A delicious Caribbean lunch of barbequed chicken, pasta, green salad with local banana bread for dessert, soft drink, water, and rum punch will be served on the beach. Suitably relaxed and educated, your boat will return you to Parham Marina before returning by road to your ship.
Please note: Guests should bring water shoes, sunglasses, sun cream, a towel, and wear swim wear. Swim at your own risk. Wildlife sightings are likely but not guaranteed.