Our family of five, ages 19 through 53, took a cruise through the Western Caribbean during the second to last week in December 2012. Our second to last stop was Antigua, where we booked the “Echo Tour” in advance. This was, without a doubt, the best and most memorable thing we did during our cruise. (And we did a lot: 10 days at five different ports.) The Echo Tour is an all-day boat tour – and it really is all day: we started at 10 a.m. and got back at 4 p.m. – along the coast of Antigua, with three stops at different mini islands nearby. Antigua’s coastline is breathtaking: beautiful foliage, gorgeous beaches and magnificent dream houses. Our guides, Nicki and Arian, were wonderful, and took the time to answer any questions we had about Antigua or its mini sister islands one-on-one. While the boat tour was fantastic – as was the homemade lunch: pasta salad, barbeque chicken and salad – the three stops were the highlight of the excursion. Hell’s Gate, our first stop, is a wonder to look at, while Bird Island, our second stop, provides magazine-worthy views of the Caribbean Sea. (Our only recommendation is to bring some kind of walking shoes for the two islands. Although the hikes are short, they’re rocky. Adventure Antigua provides watershoes for everyone, but actual shoes you don’t mind getting wet would be better.) These were only out done by our third stop: an intricate coral reef just off the coast of Bird Island. Here was spent at least 30 minutes snorkeling, and were constantly wowed by the number of fish and other sea creatures we saw. For a bunch of near-virgin snorkelers – some of our family had gone snorkeling once or twice before – snorkeling here was better than we’d imagined. Our tour ended with some delicious (and strong) rum punch as we cruised our way around Antigua back to port. Adventure Antigua did an incredible job throughout our entire excursion, and took us to places you could never visit if you stayed on mainland Antigua. We will, without a doubt, be touring with them again next time we visit.
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