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“Fun adventure - not hard nor easy; just right” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hell's Gate

Hell's Gate
Antigua
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Ranked #15 of 68 attractions in Antigua
Type: Geologic Formations, Islands, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Fun adventure - not hard nor easy; just right”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We went today by boat, jumped off the back and swam up to the beach in front of Hell's gate. Glad we had a local guide to show us where to go in the cave and assure us bending and crouching would only be a short few moments and you would have enough space you won't feel claustrophobic. There is a inner pool that some people jump into but he said the water and time of day needs to be just right as it acts as a suction hole when the waves come in and will pull you out on the Atlantic side so you want to try that part only when the water is more calm. We watched crabs climbing up the walls and then moved on to scaling rocks in a natural staircase practically from so many users. Still a bit of a test of where to put the next foot and keep your balance but people of all ages were fine (no kids or elderly of course). From the top there was a great view and some holes to be avoided, but worth it - Carribean one one side and Atlantic on the other. The down "staircase" was a but trickier with a cheer or two when someone made it - but not hard. Try it - it is worth it. You'll be close to jumby bay so you may see sea turtles too.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Cool place to see,swim and walk around. Our daughter really liked the opportunity to go into caves. Just be careful and DON"T bang your head - many people do, despite guides' warnings.

Visited July 2013
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Medford, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Extreme Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Extreme Island Trip was fantastic. The price is a little high to begin with, but the value was worth the price. We had an awesome family day and swimming with the Stingrays was the icing on the cake.

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Beautiful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

This was one of the side trips with the Eco Tour. The boat anchors about 15-ft away--you have to swim to the mini-beach (life jackets are provided if needed). Water isnt very deep and quickly it goes from about 15-ft to 8-ft then to 5-ft and less (graduated); but be sure to wear aqua socks (or equiv. water type of shoes) because there is rock along the bottom once you are able to stand & you could easily turn your foot/ankle if not careful. Once on the tiny beach you can climb up to the top (tour guide will lead you). Climbing up there isnt so bad but climbing down there is some mild "scrambling"...so if youre not used to it, it might be difficult. A nice thing to see on a tour but wouldnt just go there as a lone trip. The mini-beach is considered to be one of Antigua's 365-a- day beaches.

Visited May 2013
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Candiac, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Haaaaah!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

This is where Caribbean waters meat Atlantic waters. The Gate (rock) protect you against the forces of Atlantic waters. We have come there buy taking the eco-tour cruise from Wadadli Cats team. When your there, there two choices: climb the Gate or snorkel around. If you want to climb the Gate, you must swim, without equipment, until you reach some rocks to step on (approx. 30 feet). Then you have to walk a path of underwater rocks for approx. 20 feet. You are now on a little sand beach under the arch of Hell's Gate. You walk through caves, you need to crouch. After you need to climb on small edge and keep your balance. Crossing the top, you must follow the path, some wholes are covered with vegetation (not for small children). It is a little tricky but the view is incredible. To take pictures you must have a waterproof and shock proof camera and it will make your way up a bit more trickier.

Visited March 2013
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