Reef Riders Tour
Situated in the picturesque Jolly Harbour Marina, just a short 20 minute taxi ride from St Johns Port, WCT Antigua Reef Riders presents you with a unique opportunity for you to captain your own 11 foot 2-seater inflatable Reef Rider boat on our award winning tour.
They are a small company and specialise in offering small intimate tours, usually of no more than 10 guests per tour, although they can accommodate larger group sizes upon request. Offering multiple tour times throughout the day to keep the tour sizes small so that they do not take too many people to the reef at the same time. They believe this greatly enhances the tour experience and makes the Antigua Reef Riders Tour different to many of the other tours in the region.
When you arrive you will be greeted with warm smiles and a chilled bottle of water and given a brief safety orientation and issued with your life vest and snorkeling equipment.
The trained guides will show you how to drive the boats.
The Reef Riders offer a fun, safe, enclosed, secure and exhilarating experience, far safer than Jetskis and absolutely no previous experience required.
That’s why their tours are recommended by most of the cruise lines visiting our island including:-
♦ Royal Caribbean ♦ Celebrity Cruises ♦ P & O ♦ NCL ♦ Viking ♦ Disney ♦Carnival ♦ Marella (Formerly Thomson and Tui) ♦ Aida ♦ Costa ♦ Windstar ♦Royal Clipper ♦ Crystal ♦ SilverSea
Follow your tour guide and drive slowly through the marina and then once safely past the marker buoy push the throttle forward and accelerate.
Turn left then HOLD ON TIGHT as you and your friend drive your own boat 7 miles along the coast and explore the beautiful west coast of Antigua out to the stunning Cades Reef. Top of the “things to do in Antigua” list.
You will pass many of our famous West Coast beaches, starting with Jolly Beach, past Valley Church, Ffryes, Darkwood, Turners and more. Don’t forget to wave to the people on the beach and sail boats as you zip past them, with the wind in your hair and a smile on your face. Keep a look out for some of our beautiful marine life as you zoom along the coast. The area is well known for turtles and rays.
Then you will head out to Cades Reef which is a protected area and part of the National Marine Reserve. It is simply the best snorkelling spot in Antigua. Put on your snorkel, mask and fins (provided) and dive into the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. They offer a fully guided tour of the reef, which takes approx. 45 minutes, which means your tour guide is with you in the water at all times.
The boats are small enough to moor inside the reef lagoon to get you closer to the amazing marine life including stingrays, lobster, parrot-fish, surgeon-fish and wrasse, maybe even a turtle or two, as well as the beautiful coral reef itself. But don’t forget to look at the hundreds of other pretty smaller fish too. The reef is home to many different species each with their own unique behaviour and beauty.
Once the snorkeling is over then it’s all-aboard on the boats and back along the coast before returning you safely to the launch spot in the marina.
Please note that due to local government legislation they are not allowed to offer their own tour shuttle service therefore the standard price for tours booked directly via this website does NOT include port or hotel pick up and drop off. However, due to popular demand they are now pleased to be able to offer you the option of pre-arranged taxi pick up/drop off from St John’s cruise ship port or your hotel at the checkout.
Pick up times and prices are shown in the booking form https://antiguareefriders.com/contact-us/