Rhino Snorkeling Expedition to Cades Reef
Travelers prone to motion sickness should take precautions. Those seeking to drive alone will need to pay for the two persons allocated per craft. This tour is not suitable for non-swimmers.
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Cades Reef is an exotic undersea world filled with fascinating sights and sounds. But in a way, some of it seems familiar. You might even say ... human.
On this snorkeling adventure, listen carefully and you might hear French Grunts and Blue-Striped Grunts grinding their teeth, a sound amplified by their air bladders. You'd think there's an evolutionary purpose to this behavior, like it's their way of finding a significant other. Or maybe it's a nervous habit, like it is with us – the sight of big-finned, masked humans exploring their homes makes them uneasy. Either way, at least you'll know the reason they're called grunts (although now you wonder why they're not called grinds). Feel free to grunt back that you come in peace.
If your hearing's especially good – and sound does carry well underwater – you might hear a faint swishing sound: the polka-dotted Smooth Trunkfish blowing little jets of water at the sand, trying to uncover food. Who hasn't had to blow sand off lunch at the beach?
That pretty blue creature is the Four-eyed Butterflyfish. No, the other fish don't make fun of its poor vision; the black spots on each side of its tail make it look like it has eyes in the back of its head, discouraging predators from sneaking up.
Keep your eye out for the orangey-red Squirrelfish, complete with jagged, spiky mohawk fin; if the reef were a high school, this guy would be the rebellious punk-rocker. Then there's the schoolyard bully: the Great Barracuda. Just like its human counterpart, it keeps its distance, relying on its tough-guy rep to avoid confrontation. And if you see a fish that looks like Finding Nemo's Dory, it's a Blue Tang – just like in the film, tangs are the helpful type, peacefully snacking on algae to keep the reef healthy.
It’s certainly accurate to say that exploring this complex marine ecosystem is a unique and exciting experience. On the other hand, it won't be entirely unfamiliar. So soak up some Antiguan sun and make some new underwater friends.
Hungry as a seahorse
Among the creatures that make Cades Reef their home are seahorses, so don't be surprised if one sidles up alongside you. Interestingly, seahorses don't have stomachs; they eat non-stop, suggesting that a revision of our expression for voracious humans may be in order.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.