Cades Reef

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Sue D
Wickham, UK15 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We went out on a lovely boat trip to the reef and you can see what global warming has done. So much dead reef, but there is some signs of life coming back.
This reef attracts so many visitors and anyone can stand on something they shouldn’t and break some regrowing coral. This needs to be managed a little better.
Written September 24, 2023
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mark b
121 contributions
Feb 2023
Snorkeled Cades Reef as part of a Caterman Cruise excursion, from cruise trip;
the section of the reef we were snorkling was off shore, there was a lot of bleaching and limited fish, the sea was not particularily rough but there was a strong tide which meant lots of effort for little reward. off the several snorkle sites we visited this cruise was at the bottom end of the list, the Caterman excursion was the most expensive of the trips we were on including snorkling, and whilst the excursion was enjoyable the snorkling was the disappointment.
Written March 8, 2023
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Anaru M
London, UK348 contributions
Feb 2020
I had to wear neoprene & rubber to walk from beach to get over the dead coral but then dropped into the shallow waters around the 1st reef. From the little I saw it was promising.. Locals told me which end to go to so I could see Octopus and Eels etc.
Written February 29, 2020
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Lorraine O
London, UK8 contributions
Dec 2019
We found this to be a quiet area in terms of tourists (although Jolly Harbour is 15 minutes up the road, with everything you could need) and it's pretty and GREAT for snorkellers as there is a reef right there in the bay. I miss it!!
Written February 15, 2020
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only_visiting
London, England56 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
NOTE :- you cannot walk out to the reef without appropriate reef shoes.

There is NO sandy beach and you cannot swim without walking past the reef.

This is not a place to bring children as there are many sea urchins. There are much better beaches on the island.

There is a lot of sea grass and dead coral.
Written January 7, 2020
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Haggis678
Toronto, Ontario509 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Firstly, Antigua is not known as a snorkeling destination. We walked in at Half Moon bay to snorkel at the Pineapple Beach Resort and saw only small sparse fish, a lone ray and that was it. We were hoping for more at this recommended reef and it delivered. We did not see sharks, sea turtles, octopus, eagle rays or other exotics, but we did see lots of medium to large colourful reef fish, interesting bleached coral formations, with lots of crevices and holes to explore. We did see a huge puffer fish. There is a strong current w a deep drop off on the other side of the reef, so potential for some larger fish, but not the day we were there. The water is warm and crystal clear.
Written July 9, 2019
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Phsykes
Canandaigua129 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We enjoyed snorkeling the reef. It is not off the beach, you will need to take a boat. I have not found good snorkeling off the beach in Antigua yet. Cades Reef was very good.
Written February 17, 2019
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nancysP8452YJ
Mobile, AL10 contributions
Jun 2018
You have to take a cab then hire a boat to get to this reef. Very nice with larger fish. We saw huge schools of fish and a huge barracuda. No sharks this trip but the locals say there are plenty with no attacks on snorkelers.
Written February 12, 2019
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kt2010jt
Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK5 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
Our group of 5 snorkellers hired a small cat to take us to the reef where our skipper led us on a snorkel around the reef, followed by a free swimming snorkel.
Written November 18, 2018
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klein3
Stoney Creek, Canada993 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
The water is rough and compared to other locations that are accessible by car, this isn't the best place. We went to Pineapple beach and the snorkelling there was amazing, tons to explore and not far from shore at all. We wouldn't go back here.
Written August 9, 2018
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