Detailed review by frankiecesca
manchester, United Kingdom
The Antigua canopy tour is relatively new to Antigua but not a new concept to the Caribbean. Whilst on a work trip to Jamaica a just over a year ago we were lucky enough to experience the canopy tour there although it was different and in my opinion you get more for your money on the one in Antigua! Now if I hadn't of experienced it before I would have found out the prices for this and then not bothered but knowing what it involved made it justifiable to pay out for.
We booked our trip through the rep in our hotel and all we had to do was to pay the deposit of $20 each and then the rest is paid to the tour directly when you arrive. The transport to it isn't included in the cost and we paid $50 for a return taxi. Overall the whole trip cost us $220.
The cost of the full tour is $85 per adult which is just under £50 and this works out to about 2 and half hours worth including getting harnessed up and being shown the basics. You can do the part tour which is $70 but the reason it's not that much cheaper is that the first part is the main bulk of it and this is what you are paying for.
So what exactly is it?
Well the 'tour' is actually a load of zip wires - think krypton factor on the last part of the assault! However unlike them where they went to the ground, these wires zip right across the canopy of the trees, hence it being called the canopy tour!
The tour includes 8 wires that go horizontally across the rainforest - the longest is about 300 metres and 1 line at the end nick named the 'leap of faith' as it vertically drops! However it can be adjusted so it lowers you down slowly but, at 36 feet, although not the highest it will get a lot of people worried!!
Once you have done all the zips the next part is the rope challenge element which is another assault course if you want to call it that (and believe me it's difficult!!). This is made up of varying ropes and thin wires that cross the gorge although not as high up as the zip wires. They look rather easy at first but soon enough you are exhausted! If you have only paid for the part tour there is a tree house which is where the last zip ends at and where the challenge starts and you can climb down the ladder from this onto canopy floor and take the more leisurely route back to base!
At the end of the tour and challenge there is quite a lot of steps to climb back to base and these are actually quite tiring too! However a cool drink is handed out at the end.
During the whole thing, their is normally a photographer taking pictures of which you can buy at the end but I'm not sure how much these are as on the day we went the photographer wasn't there! Typical!! Things like bandanna's and t-shirts can be bought from the gift shop too with the slogan on.
Overall this trip is an excellent way to do something different and is great fun. It is expensive in one sense but for the experience of it I would say it's worth it. I can honestly say though, that even though the challenge part is difficult it is still fun and if you're going to pay out $70 dollars you may as well pay the extra $15 dollars out and do the whole thing!!! It is a good way to see other side to beautiful island of Antigua!
Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour