Frigate Bird Sanctuary

Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Barbuda: Address, Frigate Bird Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Frigate Bird Sanctuary
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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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Epsom, UK1,118 contributions
As part of our Barbuda Express tour, booked with the ferry company we visited the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, which was the main reason for booking a trip to Barbuda. Once transported to the launch site we took the smaller of the two boats that were booked for the tour and headed out across the huge lagoon. Not long later we were up close and personal with the Magnificent Frigate birds. The boats get quite close (the smaller one got closer) so you can take decent photos, even with a mobile phone. We were lucky enough to visit in breeding season when the males are displaying their big red throats and making drumming noises whenever a female flew over. It was a real privilege to get to witness this amazing display of nature. We must have spent half an hour with them before heading to a pink sandy beach for another half hour of relaxation before heading back across the lagoon for the rest of our trip.
Written November 21, 2021
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We visited the sanctuary on our last day in Barbuda - we regretted not going on the first day - you learn so much from the guide and if you’re lucky you’ll get a secret bonus ;). Ask to find Pat (WhatsApp number below), he was great and super knowledgeable!

After the hurricane tourism is such a huge part of this little island, whilst the local people are incredibly resilient, all support through local tours helps!

This was the Best value for money - I was also inclined to tip our guide, which was also gratefully received.

Get booking !
Written April 2, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,099 contributions
We visited here as part of our Barbuda Express Day Tour arriving at the Codrington Fishery Dock at 10:30 AM. With its modern restroom, this new Japanese built facility was a good place for the various tour groups to arrive. They wanted a full wooden skiff to cross 7 km of the Codrington Lagoon National Park to its Frigate Bird Sanctuary. Nestled in the thick mangroves, our captain (willing and able to answer questions about the birds and environment) ran the motor quietly for 30 minutes maneuvering slowly among its 2500 pairs (red necked males, white necked females, white headed juveniles and white chicks) so everyone could had excellent photo opportunities.
We returned back over the lagoon to our awaiting tours making this 1 hour tour a memorable "world class" experience.
Written February 1, 2020
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Julie C
Kent, UK378 contributions
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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marilynbell1354
Brampton, Canada37 contributions
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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JerryAscione
Coral Springs, FL1,104 contributions
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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Paymon B
San Francisco, CA100 contributions
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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Navigate38022
toronto1 contribution
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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Jpbutton13
Mansfield, UK71 contributions
Friends
Don’t know what to say apart from you must go to see this !!

The tours are reasonably priced but great fun for the whole family

You must do this !
Written March 3, 2019
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Manaf Z
Bedford, Canada7 contributions
It takes 1.5 choppy boat ride to the island, for 15 min view of the birds which cost 155$ , you do not get to see the town or really see anything on the island. The birds really cool to see
Written February 23, 2014
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