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Experience Antigua & Barbuda’s wild side

19th August 2010 Print

Antigua and Barbuda, the twin island paradise, is renowned for its spectacular 365 beaches. But did you know that there is much more to the islands than stunning beaches and glorious sunshine?

Visitors that want to step away from the sun lounger will find a world of wonderful wildlife. From tropical vegetation on the lush, green hills to colourful marine life on the coral reefs, it will soon become clear that Antigua’s natural environment is as breathtaking as it is fragile. The careful exploration of the tropical flora and varied fauna comes highly recommended, and this is where Antigua really shines. Superb snorkelling and diving is in abundance with sea life such as stingrays, the highly protected sea turtle, dolphins and whales.

As wells as swimming alongside these magnificent creatures, visitors can take part in the conservation of these pre-historic animals by monitoring nesting sites and ensuring the safe exit of the hatchlings from their nests.

One of the best ways to see some of the islands’ most remarkable scenery is to take the canopy tour along a zip wire through the rain forest. If you prefer to have two feet on the ground jeep safari tours are on hand to wrestle their way through some of the thickest parts of the forest.  Adventurers can hop on a helicopter to discover nearby gems or make their way to the Indian National Park at the remote eastern most point of the island to see enormous geysers of water burst through rocks boreholes at nearby Devil’s Bridge, the large natural limestone arch on the shoreline of Indian town point.

A trip to Antigua would not be complete without exploring its twin island, Barbuda where its pristine landscape is home to the largest colony of Frigate birds in the western hemisphere. Organised tours are in place for visitors to get within a few feet from the birds nests at The Codrington Lagoon where some 5,000 birds make their home. The Frigate Bird sanctuary is only accessible by boat and is the largest in the Caribbean with over 17,000 species of birds.

Eco experiences are available on the island for those wishing to cancel out their carbon footprint, experienced guides allow visitors to explore uninhabited islands and protected mangroves, with a half day of kayaking, snorkelling, power boating or hiking.

Animal lovers can visit the brand new Wadadli Animal Park situated in ten acres of lush green forest where deer, monkeys and parrots relax in these beautiful surroundings.

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