Set in the southeastern Caribbean, Antigua Watersports has all the ingredients for amazing and diverse maritime adventures. There’s even a women-only sailing school.
Antigua Sailing Week
Set in the picture-perfect, deep-blue Caribbean Sea of Antigua’s south coast, with ever present tradewinds, it is considered one of the world’s finest regattas. The regatta draws thousands of serious sailors, and some of the world’s top racing boats, with five challenging days of racing in some of the best sailing conditions. Combined with nightly parties and great Antiguan hospitality, this is a regatta not to be missed. http://www.sailingweek.com
South Coast Horizons
The activities are carefully planned to preserve, protect and enhance the marine environment and surrounding area to include Cades Reef, Antigua’s biggest coral reef. South Coast Horizons offers the chance to kayak through the protected mangroves and experience abundant marine life, while snorkeling 2½ mile-long Cades Reef; http://www.southcoasthorizons.com.
Experience a calm, crystal-clear reef where visitors swim alongside the friendly stingrays in their natural environment. Its safe as long as you don’t touch their tails, as that provokes a defensive reaction by these stunning creatures; http://www.stingraycityantigua.com.
Active travelers gravitate towards this eco-kayaking trip through mangroves and uninhabited islands with turtles and stingrays; http://www.antiguapaddles.com.
Provides a wide variety of entertaining tours on their Kayak and snorkel adventure. Enjoy a short boat ride across the waters to the kayak platforms in the heart of North Sound National Park. After kayaking, head to an offshore Great Bird Island for lunch and snorkeling; http://www.tropicalad.com.
Mystic Amara Fishing Charters
Based out of Jolly Harbour, and run Deep Sea & Bottom Fishing Charters year round. The Captain has more than 20 years experience and can show you the best spots for a range of fish that can be found in Antigua’s waters. You will be fishing aboard the Mystic Amara III which is a 31 foot Bertram Sport-fisher with two powerful engines. Bring a pair of polarized sunglasses and camera to show off your catch; http://www.fishingantigua.com.
Learn To Sail
Considered one of the Sailing Capitals of the Caribbean, Antigua is a great destination for persons wishing to learn to sail. Programmes are available at hotels such as Nonsuch Bay, that offers a dedicated centre http://40knots.net/ or OnDeck Antigua http://www.ondecksailing.com/antigua/ or National Sailing Academy in English Harbour, the only Royal Yachting Association registered dinghy training centre in the Caribbean http://www.nationalsailingacademy.org.
Girls Go Sailing
There is a women-only sailing school for women who want to learn in supportive environment not dominated by men http://www.girlsgosailing.com.
For visitors interested in staying close to the shore Long Bay is the perfect spot, while exploring beautiful reefs such as the Cades Reef, and Paradise Reef/Andes. Consider these options too:
Green Island: Adventure Antigua http://www.adventureantigua.com
Pillars of Hercules: Snorkeling Antigua http://www.snorkelingantiguacom