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Antigua to Barbuda trip

Manchester
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Antigua to Barbuda trip

Apologies, I'm sure this question has been asked before, but can't easily/ quickly find the answer.

I am going to Antigua for the first time in June & wanted to know the best way to visit Barbuda whilst I'm there, and how best to go about booking this.

Also, how much should I expect to pay?

Thanks.

UK/Antigua
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1. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

The easiest way is to fly over and organise a little tour with one of the excellent guides over there. The alternative is either the Excellence day trip (I don't think this runs every day though) or the ferry, which may or may not be running at the time as there have been issues with the dock over on Barbuda.

Lots of information here:

www.barbudaful.net

Milton Keynes
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2. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

Type Barbuda Express into the Tripadvisor search box and you will get to see quite a few reviews on the ferry including mine in February 2012. The ferry can be a bit unreliable according to some but fine on our day. See my review on prices. I also had a contact number last year of 00-1-268-560-7989. They also organised the whole day for us on Barbuda with transport, guide, lunch and visiting the incredible 12-mile beach. A very memorable and treasured day.

Hope you have a great time there.

Manchester
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3. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

Thanks to you both!

Saint Louis...
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4. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

Goldnick, do you recall approx how much the trip cost? and what time did you leave and return? Tx!

Milton Keynes
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5. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

Copied from my post on Barbuda Express:

Not so good:

- 159USD per person seemed to turn into 195USD after back calculating the actual credit card charge in ECD (do your sums before you go!)

- Additional charge of 5.40ECD per person for visiting the bird sanctuary before you get in the high speed boat on Codrington Lagoon

- The journey took 2 hours rather than 1.5 as advertised

Set off from St Johns about 8:30 am, left Barbuda about 3:30 in the afternoon.

By the way other Antigua experiences you might want to look into are:

Caribbean Helicopters - fascinating trip over the volcano on Montserrat

Land tour round the island

Catamaran tour round the island

Enjoy!

UK/Antigua
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6. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

Seriously - take the plane. It really is a much better option, and you can spend the whole day rather than just a few hours. It's just a 15 minute hop over

http://www.abm-air.com/flischedule.html

Columbus, Ohio
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7. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

Like mizgeorge says take the plane. About $100 usd return and you get a much longer day there.

As for the ferry that is $220 ecd dollars which equates to 82 usd for a return trip, not the 159usd shown above.

http://www.antiguaferries.com/#fares

Regards

Mark

Edited: 2:26 am, February 14, 2013
Columbus, Ohio
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8. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

The 159 usd includes the day tour but you don't get much time there. If you do take the ferry get the regular return fare then hire a tour for the day, much better. Even better doing it by plane. The ferry crossing and be rough.

Regards

Mark

Manchester
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9. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

Does getting the plane over include a your upon arrival, and any lunch included?

Would this be booked in advance, or once there?

Thanks.

Columbus, Ohio
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10. Re: Antigua to Barbuda trip

Best to book in advance. Try Uncle Roddy's for fresh lobster. Great spot.

www.antiguaforums.com/viewtopic.php…

http://www.uncleroddys.com/index2.php#/home/

Regards

Mark