This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and carefree. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

How to Get There

The Moorings Antigua Base
Nelson’s Dockyard National Park
English Harbour
Antigua, West Indies

The Moorings base is located in the historical Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour.  Nelson’s Dockyard has great historical interest and old-world charm, being the only working Georgian dockyard in the world.

Hours of Operation
The base is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week (evening staff to cover until all flights have arrived).
Season: This destination is open from early November till July 31.

Base facilities
Hotel, restaurants, shops, water, ice, fuel, showers (USD 2.50 per person), laundry (fee), rubbish disposal, gas, provisioning (locally), accommodations, money change, dockage fees (marina) USD 0.80 per foot per night, customs and port fees per yacht USD 40 dependent upon length of yacht and number of crew.

Arrival and departure

Time difference
Standard Time Zone is UTC/GMT -4 hours

VC Bird International Airport (ANU) is located at on the North East of Antigua and is 35 to 45 minutes by car from our Base. The airport has a good selection of souvenir shops, a post office, duty-free outlet as well as a bar and restaurant.
Due to the number of flights we organise, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Holiday Planner before you book your flights.

Customs / immigration information
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Passport expiry date must be no earlier than six months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.
Please note: It is illegal in Antigua to wear camouflage or combat gear, even on children. We do not recommend you bring any with you as it will be confiscated.

Departure Tax
Typically, the departure tax is included in the price of your flight.

We are unable to provide transfers at Antigua, however there are taxis available outside the airport. Please inform the driver that you are going to The Moorings base in English Harbour.
As you come out of the arrivals hall, there is a dispatch desk that will take details and write a receipt confirming the fare. Dispatch will call the next taxi in line forward. The Moorings can arrange a taxi from the base back to the airport at the end of the charter.
It is approximately USD 32 per taxi for up to four people (one way), plus USD 8 for each extra person, plus excess bags (taxi drivers should be paid direct).
Please note: If your crew is arriving separately please bring a copy of the charter contract.

We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, T-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht. We have no facilities for holding luggage.

Arrival / departure procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 12:00 noon or 6:00 p.m. (with evening start).
Briefing times: Scheduled upon arrival.
All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help etc. Please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout your charter.
Disembarkation: All charters end at 11 a.m. by which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.

Late arrival procedure
The Customer Service Desk is open till 5:00 p.m. If clients arrive after office hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating where their boat is on the dock.

Security Deposit
If you haven't purchased Yacht Damage Waiver, a security deposit (amount as per your invoice) is payable at the base by travellers cheques, Visa or Master Card, and is refundable at the end of the charter subject to there being no loss or damage. The liability includes loss or theft of the dinghy and/or outboard.

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Cruising Ground Information

Sailing information

Experience / qualification requirements
A sailing qualification is not mandatory to charter here – but you must demonstrate that you have the necessary experience and ability. If our base staff are not confident in your ability when you arrive, they will arrange for a Moorings skipper to travel with you – at your own expense. Please complete a Sailing CV or a Power CV to ensure you have the necessary experience.

Cruising permits
There are no taxes to be paid for sailing between Antigua and Barbuda.
All boats entering the territorial waters must be cleared by customs and immigration and pay the following taxes:
Port entry and cruising permit: USD 16 (ECD 40)
Landing fee: USD 2 per person (ECD 5)
Garbage Disposal: USD 10 (ECD 26)
Customs and Immigration offices are located within Nelson’s Dockyard, making it easy for those intrepid sailors who are sailing from or to Antigua to complete their formalities
If you wish to visit other islands, i.e Guadeloupe, Nevis, etc. a USD 25 departure tax will apply and the cruising will need to be renewed when returning in Antigua on top of clearance fees. You will also be required to follow the clearing procedure in and out of the visited island/country.

Night time sailing
You are not permitted to sail at night unless it has been agreed with the base manager prior to departure.

Cruising area limits
BVI: All the British Virgin Islands, including Anegada and US Virgin Islands
Bareboat charter with Moorings crew: No sailing in US Virgin Islands and Spanish Virgin Islands
Rest of Caribbean: No further than 20 miles out from Puerto Rico to Grenada, excluding Saba, Montserrat, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago

Martinique/Guadeloupe: Selected yachts in Antigua cannot go into Martinique/ Guadeloupe at any time

Mooring fees and taxes
Moorings are only available in Falmouth Harbour and Jolly Harbour with charges set around USD 15-20 per night.
Fees will be collected at the time of use.
Cruising tax/month permit: 21-40 feet, USD 8 | 41-80 feet, USD 10
Entry charge: Per person, USD 2.60 | 21-40 feet, USD 4 | 41-80 feet, USD 6
Dockage varies from 50 cents to USD 1 per foot, per night.
Charts and pilot book
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing.

We would highly recommend that you pre pay fuel due to the distance of the nearest fueling station from the base, i.e. the boat will not be full when handed back to us. Cost is approximately USD 3.95 per gallon.
Fuel is available opposite the Nelson’s Dockyard marina, on at the entrance to Nelsons Dockyard. 
Antigua Slipway Fuel Dock VHF CH68 (2 minutes from the base located in English Harbour)

Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Clients must sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise they will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

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General Information

Area: 108 sq. miles (279.719. km.)
Population: 80,161 
Official Name: Antigua
Capital City: St. John’s
Official Languages: English
Religion: Christian
Government: British Dependent Territory
Industries: tourism, construction, light manufacturing
Tipping: If the gratuity is not included in the final bill, then a 10 to 15 % tip is standard.
Currency: The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar. The United States Dollar (USD) is widely accepted as well.
Time: UTC/GMT-4 hours

Restaurants generally close at 11 p.m. There are many restaurants in English and Falmouth Harbours, near the base.
Trappas (English Harbour)
Antigua Yacht Club Marina Restaurant

Our Antigua base is located on an historic site, including a museum dedicated to Admiral Nelson who hid his fleet at English Harbour.
Close to the base there are several souvenir shops, a bank, post office, bakery, bars, restaurants, two diving schools, laundry, showers, buses to St. John’s, car rental and taxis.
Taxis: from St John’s to Antigua base USD 26
Rental car: local licence compulsory of ECD 50, plus cost of car rental.

Admiral’s Inn  (located at the base)
Antigua Yacht Club and Marina Resort (close to the base)
The Verandah Resort and Spa (Antigua)
Galley Bay Resort and Spa (St. Johns)
Trade Winds Hotel (St. Johns)
Anchorage Inn (St. Johns)

Stingray City
Here you will be able to pet and feed Southern Stingrays in their natural environment. You will learn all about these amazing animals from your experienced guide. You can snorkel on coral reefs with coloUrful fish life. These calm, clear, shallow waters makes it easy and fun for everybody.

Devils Bridge
Is a remarkable example of sea-water erosion. Geological, Devil's Bridge is a natural arch carved by the sea from soft and hard limestone ledges of the Antigua formation, a geological division of the flat north-eastern point of Antigua. A bridge was created when a soft part of the limestone eroded away by action of Atlantic breakers over countless centuries.

Shirley Heights
The view from Shirley Heights Lookout is without question the most famous view on the beautiful island of Antigua. Located within the national parks, overlooking English and Falmouth Harbours, this panoramic view, on clear days takes in Guadeloupe to the south and Montserrat with its still active volcano to south west. Shirley Heights Lookout has been home to the 'biggest and best' party on the island every Sunday for the last 25 years.

Electrical, phones and music

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Antigua is 220 volts AC, 50Hz and uses the standard US 2-pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile phones
A mobile phone is available free of charge if you wish to have one. A security deposit of USD 200 against loss of the equipment is needed upon departure. On average half the cost of an international cell on roaming, you will only be charged for the calls you have made. Receiving calls is free in Antigua.

All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your iPod whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.


This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service! Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.


Scuba diving
A tank and weight belt for one person costs approximately USD 10 per day. A full set of diving equipment costs approx. USD 20-30 per person per day.
There are several dive companies, including:
Aquanaut: 268-770-0729
Jolly Dive: 268 462 8305
Indigo Divers Antigua: 268 562-3483

The Moorings provides snorkelling gear (flippers, masks & snorkels) for all charters for your pleasure.  Please check availability for children sizes prior to your charter. You may wish to pack your own snorkelling gear. 

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Banks, Money Exchange & Post Office

Antigua runs a dual currency system: The Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD) is the local currency and primarily used throughout Antigua. The US dollar (USD) is widely accepted throughout the island, although change will normally be given in XCD. All of the islands accept US dollars, however only Anguilla, St Kitts, Nevis, St Vincent, St Lucia, Grenada, Montserrat, Dominica and Antigua accept Eastern Caribbean Dollars.
Shops usually price smaller items in XCD and expensive goods (value over GBP 50) in US dollars.
There is one bank in Nelson’s Dockyard; ATM machines are available in St John’s. Banks in St Johns are open on weekday mornings from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. except on Thursdays when they close at 1 p.m.
ATMs are available 24 hours a day. Credit cards can be used for payment in larger establishments and in most restaurants (a surcharge may be applied).

Credit card information
Most businesses in Antigua accept Visa and Mastercard. American Express is rarely accepted in the Caribbean. 

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Health & Safety

Travel insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday. Click for more details.

Vaccination and immunisation information
Antigua is generally free of risk of contagious disease.  

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