Cades Reef Tours

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Off the southwest tip of Antigua, Cades Reef is Antigua’s most popular diving and snorkeling spot. A section of the reef has been designated as an underwater park, and visitors can find more than a dozen dive sites throughout the inner and outer sections of the reef. One of the popular spots on Cades Reef is The Chimney, a dive site on the outer reef, where huge pillar corals create a staircase formation that descends from 40 to 80 feet deep. You can swim through a tunnel in the rock face where you can sometimes spot sleeping nurse sharks. On calm days, visibility at Cades Reef can be 100 feet, and the reef attracts all the usual Caribbean reef fish, including parrotfish, trumpet fish and barracuda.

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Cades Reef is about five to 10 minutes by boat from Carlisle Bay or Jolly Harbour. Visitors can book trips to the reef with a variety of scuba diving and snorkeling tour boats. 
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Address: Antigua and Barbuda
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Antigua Reef Riders Self-Drive Boat and Snorkeling Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$130.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$130.00 USD

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

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$130.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$130.00 USD

Cades Reef Snorkel Cruise

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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$143.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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$143.00 USD

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