Hell's Gate
Hell's Gate
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Jayne P
Heathfield, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited Hell’s gate as part of our Eco boat Tour which I Highly recommend. The crew were informative and helpful in assisting passengers to swim over to and walk up Hell’s Gate..... as I’m not a strong swimmer I decided to remain on the boat with a few others, but it was still a lovely place to see.
Written February 11, 2020
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william s
Marietta, GA10,030 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We had already toured Devils Bridge twice so it was time for Hells Gate in Antigua. It is a small island Northeast of Antigua near Bird Island only accessible by boat. It was one of our wonderful stops on Adventure Antigua-Eli’s Original Eco Tour. The boat was Captained by Shamal and tour led by Karin and Trevor. It was an educational tour with history and eco information, not just a boat ride. At this stop they anchored and Led us on a short swim to the Island, climbed thru a cave and got on top of the Gate opening. I did not swim with my camera so pictures are only from the boat. Great stop on the Eco tour ! Great crew and eco information.
Written March 18, 2020
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DeRiz
Chicago, IL173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
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.
Written August 21, 2013
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Tuck2011
Naples, FL1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2010 • Couples
My wife and I went to Antigua for our honeymoon. We took Eli's Adventure tour and had a good time. Unfortunately when we went into the cave at Hell's Gate a large piece of the ceiling busted loose and hit my wife in the head. We got back to the boat and got to go visit the Antigua Hospital (which was nice.) She had a concussion and needed 17 stitches. Eli called us several times and seemed very concerned.

However, Blue cross didn't cover the hospital bill, and once we asked Eli about his liability insurance he quit returning our calls or answering the phone.

I loved Antigua, and I would recommend the tours, but if you go don't go in the cave, and do go with Eli. (Adventure Antigua is his company.)
Written August 4, 2011
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BlushPell
Lady Lake, FL152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited Hell's Gate while on Eli's Eco Tour in Antigua.
Eli's is the only tour on Antigua that goes to Hell's Gate. It is difficult to navigate a boat to it because there are a lot of rocks and coral and the water really isn't that deep.

Once off the boat you swim up to Hell's Gate. Some of the people on the tour chose to climb into a cave and up to the top of it.
I chose to stay on the little strip of sand that was there. The rocks are very sharp! You must wear rubber soled shoes with straps so you will not slip and cut yourself.

It is amazing to see and well worth it if you have the time.
Written April 4, 2007
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mizgeorge
UK/Antigua10,673 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
A lot of the reviews here are actually referring to Devil's Bridge - which can be reached by car. Hell's Gate can only be reached by boat, and the only tour I know of which includes it is the Adventure Antigua eco-tour. It's always one of our favourite stops on this tour, and the climb, whilst a little challenging, is well worth it - my little girl first did it at the age of about four, and has been happily clambering up and across ever since! The 'jacuzzi' at the bottom of the gate is well worth the swim if you don't fancy the climb up, but do wear swimming shoes or similar.
Written July 1, 2012
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Shellita1
Sparta, NJ177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
My husband (age 53) climbed the very sharp rocks, I chickened out, but did some snorkeling instead. Be sure to* wear either aquasocks or crocs*, not flip-flops or sandels....rubber soles are a must! Not only were the rocks on the grounds sharp and spiney, but so were the ones you had to grab with your hands.
You do have the option to stay on the boat, or snorkel. I snorkeled in front of the 'gate' and scraped my knee on some jutting rocks below the surface. Another young man cut his toe. A lady scraped her thigh. Of 30 + people on the boat, 4 of us got injured.
Written May 3, 2012
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BellaBay
Candiac, Canada47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
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.
Written May 25, 2013
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Teamtango
Shoreham by Sea346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
I loved Hell’s Gate above all other attractions on the island. It was a real adventure. You can only access it by boat and you have to swim to the Gate itself. From here you are in shallow water marvelling at this stunning geological oddity. You get to climb into the cave here and then up and over the gate, to come down the other side. It doesn’t take long but is quite challenging and the rocks you clamber over are very jagged! You have to wear shoes of some sort (we had neoprene shoes provided) – bear feet or flip flops are an absolute no go. I would strongly recommend neoprene gloves if you have them. Not essential but it would make the whole thing more comfortable!
But please do visit here. There’s not much adventure in the UK what with health and safety etc, but this IS an adventure in a unique setting.
Written October 27, 2012
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aryhdz10
Miami, FL16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
This tour was highly recommended by the staff and Im glad we went. Hell's gate is so beatutiful! The snorkeling around the reefs was great. A delicious lunch was provided beachside at Bird Island. We had an amazing day!!
Written July 20, 2012
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