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Frigate Bird Sanctuary

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Address: Barbuda

Home to one of the largest frigate (or man-of-war or hurricane) bird...

Home to one of the largest frigate (or man-of-war or hurricane) bird colonies in the world.

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Natural wonder - great wildlife trip

We took a local tour arranged by our hotel, as it was early-ish in the morning we were the only ones on the boat, and the only ones visiting the colony for the entirety of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2016
Treuddyn, United Kingdom
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Treuddyn, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We took a local tour arranged by our hotel, as it was early-ish in the morning we were the only ones on the boat, and the only ones visiting the colony for the entirety of the trip. It's a quick boat ride across the lagoon, and then you start spotting the frigate birds. We were there in the mating season... More 

1 Thank Holsworth
Bergenfield, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

A must visit on your trip to Barbuda. The beauty of the birds when they extend their wings. It was amazing to me to find birds nesting in the ocean.

Thank Lystra S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

The largest frigate colony is on Barbuda and you take a small (bumpy) boat out to them. The birds are not disturbed in any way and there was only one other very small group whilst we were there. It was very interesting if a little smelly (the birds only eat flying fish). Well worth the trip

Thank Do11eee
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

Not being a "twitcher" type I wasn't sure about this but definitely worth doing; 15 minute boat trip across the lagoon from Codrington with a local boatman who was pretty knowledgeable. Incredible how close you can get to these birds with their young - you worry slightly if you are getting too closed but it is all marked off and... More 

Thank Tom W
Anderson, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Our tour was arranged by our sailing cruise. The sanctuary is in a mangrove lagoon, and is not accessible by foot. From the pier there is a bus ride to the lagoon and then a 15 minute ride in a small open air skiff. These huge birds are amazing and there are about 2000 of them all clustered together in... More 

1 Thank FrankinSC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016 via mobile

We visited the sanctuary taken by George who gave a historical overview of the island of Barbuda to begin the tour. We went late afternoon so missed the heat at noon - we were alone so enjoyed the sanctuary to ourselves for 10 minutes which was amazing. This is the largest frigate colony in the world - we have seen... More 

Thank HeatherMegaMauriFan
Le Moule, Guadeloupe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

We took the ride directly at Codrington wharf, asking the lady in the office which was the best time to visit. She told us the best was in the morning. Next morning, we started at 9:00AM with a boat ride and a visit of sanctuary. Birds really everywhere, also we were in the nesting season. We saw the dance and... More 

Thank swimm3r31
Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning trip seeing the birds in their natural environment so close, brilliant and the best of trips, worth every second

Thank Graham P
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

Take a boat tour out on the Barbuda laguna, since this is a unique ecosystem and these frigates are worth a visit. Jalla brought us there, and provided useful comments on the wide wings birds. go in the monring since not so hot in the Caribbean sun !

Thank 85richard
London UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

To access the sanctuary you must take a local water taxi, George Jeffery has been the main man for decades and is to be highly recommended. He picked us up as arranged, sorted the local taxes (minimal) and gave an informative tour covering the history of Barbuda up to the point where he nudged his boat next to the nesting... More 

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