Antigua, West Indies
Tel: Ph. 268 460 1178
Number of Dive Boats: 2
Maximum Number of Divers: 6 per boat
Number of Tanks per Day: 24+ (total)
Gear Provided: Tanks and weights
Rental Gear Available: Mask Fins BCs Regs wet suits
Type of Diving: Typical Caribbran, prolific coral &
sponge growth on rocky coastline
Nitrox Available: Yes
Total Dive Sites: 15
Minimum time to divesites/mins: 3
Maximum time to dive site/mins: 10
Training Agency: PADI
Courses Offered: OW-Divemaster
Tony Fincham, your personal guide and photographer,
will introduce you to Antigua's best diving, just minutes
from the shop in historic Nelson's Dockyard. Small groups
Tel.: 1 (268) 4624065
Property Type: Inn
Number of Rooms: 40
Rate Range: From $120. / Nt - Special Group Rates Available
Our 40 room 2 storey Caribbean Inn sits on one and a
half acres of beautiful tropical gardens. The lobby,
swimming pool, bars and restaurant are located in in
a garden setting in the main building along with 19
guest rooms, 7 of which are apartments. The new 21 room
wing all enjoy an ocean view and fabulous sunsets which
can be viewed also from our lawn bar.
is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the
Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator.
To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe,
and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St.
Barts, and St. Martin.
Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands,
and is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing
108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319
ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island.
Antigua is almost completely surrounded by well-preserved
coral reefs, walls, and shipwrecks. The southern and
eastern coasts of Antigua is surrounded by shelfs, providing
excellent conditions for spectacular shallow diving
and snorkeling. There is little or no current in most
places, the water is warm and clear, and tropical marine
plants and animals are diverse and plentiful.
Snorkeling is possible at some of the islands' most
beautiful beaches; one of Antigua's best-known offshore
sites, Cades Reef, is now partly contained in a designated
underwater park. Another popular destination is the
wreck of the Andes, a three-masted merchant ship that
sank in 1905 and now rests in less than thirty feet
of water in (ironically enough) Deep Bay. Antigua's
dive facilities are excellent. The southern and eastern
coasts are considered to offer the most consistent diving;
for more advanced divers, the ledge of Sunken Rock on
the south coast is a popular site. Dive depths generally
range from 25 to 80 feet and can reach 130+ feet; distances
from shore to site are in some cases no more than five
minutes and at most 40 minutes away.
Barbuda is located about 30 miles north of Antigua
and is much smaller at 68 square miles. With it's population
of 1500, Barbuda is known for peace and quiet, and the
feeling that time has passed it by. Enjoy the deserted
pink and white beaches, or take a boat ride through
the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in Codrington Lagoon. But
if you are looking for bright lighs and action, your
in the wrong place.
Activities on Barbuda include fishing, snorkeling, scuba
diving, or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun. At
the resorts you will find golf, tennis and other activities.
Barbuda's encircling reefs contain an enormous number
of wrecks, most of which are yet to be explored.
75 - 85F 24 - 29C Water Temp Average 80 F (25 C) Visibility
50 to 140 ft 15 - 42 m
V.C. Bird International Airport, located on the northeast
corner of Antigua, is the point of entry for visitors
arriving by air to Antigua & Barbuda. There are
both direct flights and connections from North America
via San Juan and St. Martin and several weekly flights
from Europe. Scheduled and charter service is available
to many of the neighboring islands. Flying times: New
York--4 hrs.; Miami--3 hrs.; Baltimore--4 hrs.; Toronto--4
hrs.; Puerto Rico--1 hr.; London--8 hrs.; Frankfurt--9
1/4 hrs.; Paris--8 hrs.
Airlines Serving North America
(268) 480-5601 Extension 5704
Traveling By Air From The UK
(Five times a week)
Reservations: 0845 77 333 77 (24hrs)
Reservations: 01293 747 747
Airlines Serving Europe
Scheduled service from the Caribbean and South America.
Air St. Kitts/Nevis
Charter service to most neighboring islands.
(268) 465-8571 (Call collect)
All visitors to Antigua and Barbuda must have an onward
or return ticket. Citizens of United States, United
Kingdom and Canada citizens do not require a visa to
enter Antigua and Barbuda and may travel on one of the
Original Naturalization Certificate
Persons visiting are permitted to stay as long as their
business takes, provided that:
a) this is no longer than six months
b) they have an onward or return ticket
c) they have confirmation of accommodation
d) they can produce evidence of their ability to maintain
themselves in Antigua and Barbuda
Taxis are readily available throughout Antigua. They
are also available for island tours. Rates are preset,
there are no meters.
There is some local bus service; schedules and routes
can be obtained through the hotels
Renting a car is an ideal way to discover more of Antigua
while on your vacation. There are numerous international
and local rental agencies available. Driving is on the
left side of the road.The cost is about US$40-50 per
day. In addition to a valid driver's license from your
country of residence, or an international driver's license,
a permit to drive in Antigua is required. The rental
agency can assist you in getting this temporary license,
which costs approximately US$20 and is valid for three
Helpful Visitor Information
There is a room tax of 8.5% and service charge of 10%
(in lieu of tipping).
Official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which
is fixed to the US dollar. U.S. currency, travelers
checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
There are several general practitioners and specialists
on the island, a hospital and a private clinic. No vaccinations
are required unless the visitor is arriving from an
endemic area. Recompression chambers are available by
air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas. Pharmaceutical
services are widely available.
Informal, but conservative. Beach attire is appropriate
for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Some
hotels and restaurants stipulate jacket and tie for
men and dresses for women in the evening.
Part of the island is 110 volts, the remainder is 220
volts. Most hotels have both voltages available.
Monday thru Saturday 8:00am to noon and 1:00pm-5:00pm.
Antigua & Barbuda are relatively crime free, but
as with any place you may visit, exercise normal precautions;
i.e. don't leave valuables unattended in rental cars
or on the beach.
There are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of
the year. The great majority rest inside the calm, protected
waters of the island's Caribbean side. All are open
to the public, and so the challenge posed to a visitor
is not how to gain access to the best of them but simply
how to locate the beach that suits one's taste. Exploring
on your own is the best way to do this, although it
is wise to bring a companion along to particularly isolated
Barbuda's smooth coastline is edged with long pink and
white sand beaches protected by barrier reefs. In fact,
the pristine pink beaches of the southwestern shore
stretch as far as ten miles without interruption. The
beaches of the island's eastern shore, facing the Atlantic,
are somewhat rougher, although they are outstanding
The waters of Antigua are perfect for sailing. During
late April / early May, Antigua Sailing Week goes into
full swing, This is a major yacht-racing event and attracts
hundreds of boats. The Antigua Yacht Club holds races
throughout the year. On Antigua you can charter anything
from a 20-foot ketch to a giant schooner. Or book a
day cruise on the 108-foot "pirate ship" the
Jolly Roger. This is the largest sailing ship in Antiguan
waters and they offer lunch, snorkeling and dancing.
There is a Glass Bottom Boat which takes people out
to the coral reefs and there are also excursions to
Bird Island. Boat trips around the island with stops
at smaller islands can be arranged on catamarans.
Antigua & Barbuda has hundreds of wrecks to explore
and good shelf diving. Arrange for diving equipment
through your hotel or guest house.
Hiking has not been much developed as an organized activity,
although Antigua has many trails and tracks that are
well suited to it. Most of the popular hikes lead to
one or another of the island's many hilltop fortifications:
Fort George sits atop Monk's Hill, and Fort Barrington
(captured by the French in 1666) is on the promontory
at Deep Bay. The Historical and Archaeological Society
frequently arranges group hikes.
There are two golf courses on the Antigua: an 18-hole,
70-par course at the Cedar Valley Golf Club and another
at Jolly Harbour. The K-Club on Barbuda also has its
own 9-hole course.
Hunting and Fishing
Sportfishing, bonefish in Barbuda's Codrington Lagoon,
hunting of deer, boar, various gamefowl on Barbuda.
Licenses and gun permits must be obtained in Codrington
Village. The Antigua and Barbuda Annual Sport Fishing
Tournament is held in May of each year.
There are several stables located on Antigua. See your
hotel desk to arrange this adventure.
In addition to the activities above, there is also kayaking,
windsurfing, biking, tennis, cricket, swimming with
dolphins and much more to keep you active during your