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Stingray City Antigua
Stingray City Antigua

Stingray City Antigua

Seatons Village, St Phillip's Parish, Antigua

The Basics

Visiting Stingray City is only possible by guided tour and all groups are accompanied by trained professionals to ensure both the safety of participants and the preservation of the natural environment. Tours to this offshore sandbar typically include hotel pickup and round-trip transport, and are often combined with other activities, such as a 4x4 island safari.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Antigua

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Great trip must do in Antigua
Simon_P, Sep 2021
Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua
Great trip Big John our driver was a really great guy very knowledgeable and very funny. The Sting Rays are completely free to come and go as they please so this is not just for tourists entertainment
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Amazing & fun!
Zuzana_C, Aug 2021
Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua
Amazing tour, there is no better experience than one with a local expert! Our guide Les was excellent and very knowledgable, we felt very much looked after - thank you so much! The Stingray city was excellent, one of the highlights of our holidays - defo recommend. Overall, Viator is a trusted brand, did tours with them in the US and so knew they deliver every time.
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What an experience!
LvckyMF, Aug 2021
Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua
Kassum, our drive was also the best tour guide he made us laugh and showed us a great time. I’m definitely doing this again. I will never forget this day
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GREAT TOUR!
Edith, Jul 2021
Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua
This was the best part of my vacation. I would highly recommend! Our group had an awesome tour guide. The lunch was fantastic.
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Feeding/swimming with stingrays was incredible!
Julie_N, Nov 2020
Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua
I loved stingray city, i get car sick, so the ride was a little rough for me, I’d go by boat next time!! The guide was great and the history was very informative.
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This was amazing Great narration...
John P, Jan 2017
Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua
This was amazing Great narration during the relatively safe and smooth boat trip to the site despite despite some mildly rough seas . Great assistance at the site by the staff who helped with all of us neophyte and more squeamish tourists. We were able to feed and hold the stingrays and pose for pictures without reservation. Sting rays were tame and assuredly used to the feedings. They swarmed all around us while we were there. No complaints about the loading, the ride to the site, the safety guidance given prior to arriving at the site, nor any other portion of the trip. Very professional all the time. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely. Other Passenger's children seemed to have no issues. Recommend it to everyone. Recommend it to all.
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This experience was amazing from...
David N, Mar 2016
Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua
This experience was amazing from beginning to end. We were picked up at our hotel in a safari jeep by Travis, a super tour guide! We made a quick stop in St John to sign some papers, grab a drink and two additional passengers. Travis proceeded to take us on a bumpy, informative tour of the island. He stopped multiple times to show us unique flowers and plants and explain how they were used for food, medicine, etc. He also stopped by the donkey sanctuary so we could see the donkeys as well as all the other beautiful sites on the island. Next stop was our visit with the sting rays. It's a short boat ride to the most spectacular sand bar full of sting rays and a few small reefs loaded with colorful fish of all kinds. The sting rays are so friendly and enjoyed being pet and fed. The guides are very knowledgeable and know the sting rays by name. Some have worked there over ten years and genuinely love their jobs. After the sting rays we had lunch on Bettys Hope Hill - very enjoyable lunch made by local folks with the sugar mills behind you and a wonderful view in front. We even had time to go in the sugar mills and read about them, plus they have a bathroom there in a small very small museum. Our last stop of the day was Devil's Bridge. It was lovely. The whole experience was a great way to check off mulitple thing you wanted to see on the island in a very fun way. Enjoy and ask for Travis!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Guests can choose to swim, snorkel, or watch from the shore.

  • Pack your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and an underwater camera—snorkeling equipment is provided and photos will be available to purchase.

  • All interaction with the stingrays takes place under supervision of trained professionals who first explain and demonstrate how to safely handle the rays.

  • Tours take place in shallow waters and life jackets are available for non-swimmers.

  • Visitors should avoid excessive use of tanning oil, which is toxic to the rays.

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How to Get to Stingray City

Stingray City is located on a natural offshore sandbar in Mercer Creek Bay, on the eastern coast of Antigua and Barbuda. Most tours leave from St John's, Antigua's capital, about 10 miles (17 kilometers) away by road, before transferring first to Seatons Village for a safety briefing and then boarding a speedboat for the 10-minute cruise out to a floating platform in the Caribbean Sea.

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When to Get There

Stingray City is open all year round and tours take place several times daily. To avoid the crowds, opt for an early morning time slot before the cruise ships dock or a late afternoon tour after the larger tour groups have left.

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Swimming with Stingrays

The fenceless swimming areas at Stingray City allow wild stingrays to come and go as they please, but the rays are accustomed to human presence and often arrive in large numbers when they hear boats arrive. Tour participants may have the opportunity to feed, touch, and interact with the wild creatures under supervision, but instruction will be provided to ensure you stay safe and do not disturb the rays’ natural habitat or offer inappropriate foods.

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