Meet your professional guide at a central location in St John's and drive by air-conditioned taxi to Hodges Bay Club, where you’ll embark on a short boat ride to to Prickly Pear Island, a secluded, private isle and one of Antigua and Barbuda's best-kept secrets.
When you arrive at the tropical island, you can swim, snorkel or simply relax and soak up the sun. Fritter the hours away on your lounge chair under the shade of an umbrella, and take in the idyllic views of the stunning Antiguan coastline. You’ll find the warm, crystal-clear water of the Caribbean great for swimming and snorkeling.
With an all-day open bar you can order beer, rum and rum punch any time, or enjoy nonalcoholic refreshments like fruit punch, soft drinks and water. Prior to lunch, sample a variety of tasty snacks, including fried plantain, sliced ham, chips and freshly baked bread.
If you want, take a lesson in how to snorkel in shallow water from your experienced and knowledgeable crew; then follow them on a mesmerizing underwater tour exploring the island's magnificent reef. You’ll see tropical fish in an array of bright colors and you might even find local sea turtles swimming past.
If staying on shore is your preference, take a stroll up a low hillside where you’ll find wildflowers as you walk up the grassy knoll. Then, head down to a moonscape-like area where seabirds commonly perch. Explore among the rock pools, blowholes and fascinating birdlife before returning to the other side.
Once you’ve soaked up enough sun or snorkeling fun, it’s time to savor a delicious Caribbean lunch. Choose from a selection of home-cooked chicken, baked fish, curried conch or pasta – all garnished with potato salad, rice, tossed salad and bread, and accompanied by drinks from the open bar, of course.
Afterward, enjoy a second foray into the Caribbean Sea for another look at the underwater wonders, or settle down with a good book and some more time in the sun before your guide takes you back to St John’s.