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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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Quite awe inspiring
Lindy_p, Nov 2021
Island Safari and Stingray Fantasy Antigua
Wonderful to be with these magnificent creatures - a very unique experience. It got a little crowded by the end but nothing can take away the jaw dropping power of it all. The trip to Betty’s Hope and Devil’s bridge was equally awe inspiring and a reminder of a past we forget too often
star-5
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
star-5
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.
star-5
What an experience!
London_M, 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
star-5
GREAT TOUR!
Edith_J, 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.
star-4
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.

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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