A Reef Rider is an 11 foot long rib (rigid inflatable boat). It seats 2 people, one in front of the other. It has a steering wheel and a throttle level. It is very stable on the water and almost impossible to tip over. Remember, our expert guide will give you full instructions on how to safely operate the Reef Rider before you set off. They are great fun and one of the best things to do in Antigua.
How fast do they go?
Reef Riders are powered by a single 25hp outboard motor and on calm waters can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour!
Who can ride a Reef Rider?
The minimum age to be a passenger is 5 years old and the minimum age to drive a boat is 18 years old.
Due to the physical nature of the tour we do not recommend this tour for pregnant women or those with back problems. You don’t need to be in great shape and we will make every effort to assist you in getting in and out of the Reef Riders. Non swimmers are welcome to ride and do not have to participate in the snorkeling if they prefer to stay on the boat whilst it is moored at the reef.
Are there any weight restrictions?
Each Reef Rider can carry a maximum of 400lbs. If the total combined weight of the two guests exceeds this limit then this is not a problem, simply reserve two Reef Riders instead. Please check availability whilst booking.
Where are you based?
We are located in Jolly Harbour Marina, just a short 20 minute taxi ride from St Johns Port. We are now launching from the dock next to Al Porto Restaurant, near the entrance to the golf course on the North Finger of Jolly Harbour Marina.
Can you provide transportation?
Unfortunately due to local government legislation we are not allowed to offer our own tour shuttle service therefore our standard price for tours booked directly via this website does NOT include port or hotel pick up and drop off. However, due to popular demand we are now pleased to be able to offer you the option of pre-arranged taxi pick up/drop off from St John’s cruise ship port or your hotel at the checkout. Pick up times and prices are shown in the booking section.
If you prefer to make your own way to us then there are many excellent taxi drivers waiting to take good care of you. The government published tariff for a taxi from St Johns to Jolly Harbour is $24 US for up to 4 people each way. Alternatively, try our excellent (and VERY cheap) local buses. Take bus route #20 or #22 from St Johns to Jolly Harbour for just $1.50 US each way!
If you prefer a more personal experience then why not consider our All Day Wet n Dry Tour which includes Port or Hotel pick up.
What should I bring with me?
You will need a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen and sunglasses. Most people wear their bathing suit under their clothes when they arrive to save time, although there are changing facilities in the marina. There is a splash-proof storage section in the front of the Reef Riders to keep your personal effects out of the water.
What happens if the weather is bad?
The boats can handle rain and choppy seas, but your safety is of paramount importance to us. If we feel it is unsafe to go out to the reef then we can offer an alternative route, reschedule or give a full refund. Any Caribbean rain will not affect your enjoyment of the tour, rain or not – YOU WILL GET WET!
What day do the tours run, what time do the tours start and how long do they take?
We currently operate 3 tours a day every day, starting at 9:00, 11:30 and 2:30pm. Times may vary a little if we have a group traveling across the island, but this will be confirmed at time of booking. Each tour takes around 2 1/2 hours including safety briefing. If you are coming by cruise ship then please only select the 2.30pm tour if your cruise departs at 6.00pm or later!
Sounds great! How can I make a reservation and payment?
Use the bookings page on this site or call or contact us directly on [email protected] and we will get back to you.
What is your cancellation policy?
You can book in confidence. Our secure booking system will charge the full cost of your tour at the time of booking.
If, for any reason, your ship does not dock in St Johns, or does not dock in time for you to get to us in time for your tour, then we will refund 100% of the money paid.
We must be notified of any cancellations for any other reason at least 24 hours before your scheduled tour time or you will be liable for 100% of the tour cost.
Any other questions?
There are plenty of ways to get in touch with us without making expensive international calls.
You can use the contact us page on this website, send us an email, use facebook messenger (the link to our fb page is at the bottom of this page, Facetime, WhatsApp or Skype us on +1 268 728 5239 and we will do our best to answer you.