Prickly Pear Island Snorkeling

The 6th most popular snorkel dive spot in Antigua.

Located offshore of Antigua, the snorkeling at Prickly Pear Island is known for its beautiful coral gardens. Prickly Pear Island is one of many uninhabited offshore islets. The island is located 2 miles northeast of Cedar Grove.

To reach the snorkeling on Antigua by air, you will want to fly into VC Bird International Airport (ANU) located on the northeast corner of Antigua. Most of the flights are coming from San Juan, Puerto Rico, from St Martin, from Barbados and from Trinidad. There are some smaller inter-island airlines that service other nearby Caribbean islands. In addition, there is the Barbuda Express ferry service to nearby Barbuda (1.5 hours) that runs five days a week. The best way to get around Antigua is by renting a car since taxis are very expensive and the public transport is not ideal. When leaving the island, there is a $28USD departure tax and a $51USD airport tax that must be paid (most airline tickets have included both, but you will want to confirm since the payment lines at the airport can be quite long). While snorkeling Antigua, there is very diverse marine life around the island including hawksbill turtles, sergeant majors, spadefish, batfish, moray eels, barracuda and nurse sharks among the sea fans, sea grass, sponges and colorful coral reefs. There are numerous snorkeling boat tours that access the most popular snorkel dive sites including Treasure Island Cruises, Pirates Of Antigua and Adventure Antigua Day Sails. If you happen to be snorkeling in Antigua on a Sunday, make sure to head up in the evening to Shirley Heights, which is located on a hill that overlooks English Harbour. There is a Sunday evening BBQ and rum punch along with fine reggae music.

Overall, Prickly Pear Island is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in Antigua.

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Local Contact(s):  Antigua Ministry Of Tourism (268) 468-4049; Indigo Divers, Antigua (268) 562-3483; Jolly Dive Center (268) 462-8305; Dive Antigua (268) 462-3483; Aquasports (268) 480-3090.

Recommended Book:  "The Ultimate Snorkeling Book" from Wes Burgess

Recommended Map:  "Antigua Travel Map" from ITMB

Best Season:  Any

Base Camp:  Admirals Inn, English Harbour; Reefview Apartments, Cades Bay (268) 560-4354

Luxury Loding:  Long Bay Hotel; Pineapple Beach Club.

Breakfast Restaurant:  Bumkins, Pidgeon Beach

Reference Source:  click here http://www.tourismantiguabarbuda.gov.ag/

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Date Updated:  7/20/2016

ID:  23099

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