Frigate Bird Sanctuary
Frigate Bird Sanctuary
4.5
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Home to one of the largest frigate (or man-of-war or hurricane) bird colonies in the world.
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Stuart I
Bergerac City, France75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
George our excellent guide picked us up from our boat bang on time and took us to the Frigate bird breeding sanctuary which was fascinating. George is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone. If you are on Barbuda take this tour, a winner.
Written December 24, 2022
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Lorraine H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Our early morning boat journey to the Bird Sanctuary was an enchanting experience, heightened by the serenity of being the only visitors at that time.

The proximity to the vibrant avian life, observing the birds, their nests, and the curious gaze of the little white chicks, was nothing short of magical.

A brief, unexpected rain shower only added to the richness of the experience, making the natural beauty around us feel even more vivid and tactile.

Having visited before, I can affirm that the sanctuary's allure never fades; it remains a timeless adventure.
Written March 28, 2024
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marilynbell1354
Brampton, Canada36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Barbuda has been on my bucket list for many years. We took the 2 hours Barbuda Express boat from St. John's, Antigua. Nice ride (crappy boat ). The Frigate Bird Sanctuary was part of our tour package. To get there from Barbuda you need to take another 15 minute boat ride . The birds were quite amazing to see! I would recommend this trip to all bird watchers
Written March 2, 2020
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Julie C
Kent, UK632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We went across in a little boat which was great fun. The guide was full of information about the birds, but the best bit was the surprise beautiful bay on the other side with pink sand.
I would highly recommend visiting here.
Be aware you need to step out of the boat into water and climb back in so that you can visit the bay.
Written July 29, 2021
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rsstower
London, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is a wonderful opportunity to see Frigate birds in their natural environment. There are 100s of them. Male female, teenagers and chicks
The boat ride is fun
We were taken over by Pat , who had lots of local knowledge and knowledge of the birds
You get really close to the birds
Written March 13, 2023
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JerryAscione
Coral Springs, FL1,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
One of my favorite spots on the island. A protected bird sanctuary that is only accessible thru small boat. Amazing to see these birds thrive. Feeding the young, with no predators. Highly recommend this tour or go to the dock and ask for Solomon. Local with a boat he will take you here.
Written May 6, 2021
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shawnnmaile
Antigua70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Took a tour here with my wife back in July. We visited the frigate bird sanctuary and then the pink sand beach. You get really close to the birds in the sanctuary. The mating season starts in September I believe when the males show their red pouches. Depending on the tide you might have to get into the water to get to the pink sand beach. Water will be ankle height. We went with Jethworth Richardson. He can be reached via 1-268-721-3305
Written August 10, 2023
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Paymon B
San Francisco, CA97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Solo
I took a cruise to Barbuda for a day in September 2013 and was completely blown away by the pristine pink beaches and frigate bird sanctuary! This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Not only were there thousands of birds, but thousands of unique jellyfish floating along the water too! Beautiful pristine blue ocean and perfect weather. Amazing! Highly recommend that you take a trip to this sanctuary while you are visiting the island.
Written October 4, 2013
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benchoff
Boston, MA34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Frigate Bird Sanctuary is a must-see when visiting Barbuda. The best time is between October and December when the birds are mating and the males are back on the island.

We were there in early July. There were still hundreds and hundreds of female and juvenile frigate birds still there. I was still amazed despite it being one of the worst times to be there.

To get there. Get yourself to Codrington and head to the Codrington dock. Don't worry, there's only one major road in Barbuda and it takes you directly into Codrington. Once at the dock, pay a $2.00 per person tax to the government per person and ask for a boat. They will call a boatman for you. Cost per boatman is about $40-$50 for up to 4 or 5 people. Once the boatman arrives, you'll hop in and he'll motor you across the lagoon. The 10-15 minute trip ends at the mangroves where the frigate birds are located. You will NOT get out of the boat. There is no walking. The boatman will glide you quietly through the waters and you'll get very close to the birds. They have buoyed the mangroves off to keep boats a safe distance from the nesting birds. The boatman will then bring you back to the dock. Total trip time is 45-75 minutes depending on your boatman. Be sure to tip well if he takes his time and is informative.
Written July 20, 2009
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Navigate38022
toronto1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Barbuda is one of the most beautifulest island iI have ever seen in my life. When I went to bird island there in Barbuda you have to take a boat, for about ten minutes away from the shore. But when you actually get there it's amazing to see all the female birds with the young falling all over the place. The males are never around unless it's breeding season in july- august. The male are black with red chest.
Also if you throw a fish into the air they will swoop down and get it.
It's so nice I really enjoyed myself, but I got a little boat sick.
Written October 20, 2003
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