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“A must do when on the island”
Review of Stingray City

Stingray City
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Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua
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Owner description: Your Stingray City Antigua Snorkel Adventure will be the highlight of your vacation, and an experience that will live with you forever. Our Southern Rays are without doubt The Brightest Rays in the Caribbean, very friendly and gentle. Come and enjoy with us this unique experience of interacting and feeding a Stingray, together with snorkelling amongst magnificent coral reefs and colourful tropical fish.
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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“A must do when on the island”
Reviewed October 12, 2010

We visited Stingray City on the 2nd October 2010 during our stay in Antigua.
It's a wonderful experience.
If you are staying at "The Veranda" or Grand Pineapple" you will be picked up from the beach - otherwise there will be transfers to pay.
In resort cost was US$60, but we prebooked for US$50.
You are taken to the the base in Seatons where you are briefed on the Stingrays, taught the "Stingray Shuffle" and handed snorkels and masks. You then get into a small boat - fits 14 people - and taken on a 5 minute ride to the reef.
You are at least a mile away from the nearest shoreline - be warned if you don't like open water!
The boats moor against an anchored pontoon - and unlike one poster states here - it is not an enclosure. The Stingrays are free to come and go as they please.
The reef is outlined by floats for your benefit. There is no fencing of any kind.

The depth is variable - but when we visited, it easily came above my shoulders (I'm 5ft8) although we were told it can be as shallow as waist height. Floatation vests are available if required.

You are given the opportunity to feed or handle the Stingrays. It's a wonderful experience and I would urge you to have a go.
The Stingrays will brush up against you and they are very heavy so do move you about a bit. They also nibble and suck at your skin which is a strange feeling!

This was a highlight of our holiday and very memorable.

Photographers are in the water with you and you can buy prints when you get back to Seaton (US$15) but, you are free to bring your own camera or camcorder so there is no obligation to buy the photos taken.

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“One of the best up close and personal wildlife encounters”
Reviewed December 20, 2009

Picked up from our cruise ship in St John's, and driven across the island. Motor launch out to a sand bar, perhaps a mile offshore, where the water was about 4 feet 6 deep. We took our own masks and snorkells, although these were supplied if you didn't have your own. There were about 60 stingrays swimming around; the trip organisers feed them squid, so they turn up knowing they're going to be fed. Magical experience, swimming with shoals, or flocks, or whatever, of stingrays up to about 3 or 4 feet across, feeding them (careful, they can give you a nasty "suck"), even holding them - they're quite habituated, although still completely wild and free to come and go. Lots of crew available to help and advise you. Free rum punch on return to shore. If you only do one thing on Antigua, do this!

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“Highlight of the holiday”
Reviewed November 12, 2009

Wow , this was just amazing , prepare to enjoy a unique experience.
After abrief lecture we embarked onto the boats for an exhilerating trip into the bay.
Once we were off the boat we were able to hold feed and just watch these gorgeous , free , creatures.
Also some fine snorkelling, this is the trip for some omne wholike something different.

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Kemtpville, ON
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“A fun day out”
Reviewed August 18, 2009

This is an excursion I went on while in Antigua in November 2008. It was fun experience if you have not done anything similar before. The stingrays are kept in a fenced area offshore, which does make the experience feel more like you are in a zoo or aquarium rather than in a natural environment. Your group is taken out on a boat then allowed to swim/snorkel within the fenced area to view the stingrays. You are given the opportunity to touch a stingray as the tour company takes your photograph.
If you have been on a similar tour at Stingray City in Grand Caymen Island, you may be disappointed as you do not have as much interaction with the animals as you do there (simply due to the fact that the tourists in Grand Caymen are given the opportunity to feed the stingrays if they wish) in what seems like a more natural environment. However, this comment is not meant to detract from this tour in Antigua.
After your time with the stingrays, you are taken back to the main office where you can buy your picture and are given a drink. They have a small "zoo" with a some birds, monkeys and lizards.
I would recommend this tour for all ages, if you enjoy this sort of thing.

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