Discover Great Bird Island in Antigua's North Sound - enjoy pristine beaches, clear waters, and diverse marine life.

Great Bird Island, Antigua and Barbuda

Discover Great Bird Island in Antigua's North Sound - enjoy pristine beaches, clear waters, and diverse marine life.

Matt and Britney Weidert

Matt Weidert

Great Bird Island, located in North Sound, Antigua & Barbuda, is a picturesque and uninhabited island renowned for its stunning natural beauty and diverse marine life. This serene destination is a favorite for day-trippers and sailors seeking tranquility and adventure in equal measure.

Where is Great Bird Island located?

Great Bird Island is situated in the North Sound, approximately three kilometers northeast of Antigua. It is part of the North East Marine Management Area, a protected zone known for its rich biodiversity and pristine environments.

Boating and Anchoring at Great Bird Island

Great Bird Island is a popular anchorage spot, offering excellent protection from the swell and great holding in sandy bottoms. The clear waters around the island make it a perfect location for observing marine life, including turtles and rays that are frequently seen swimming nearby.
Hiking on Great Bird Island

What to do at Great Bird Island

  • Beaches: The island boasts two beautiful beaches, North Beach and South Beach, both perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun. The clear waters and soft sands make these beaches ideal for swimming and beachcombing.
  • Hiking: There is a hiking that connects the north and south parts of the island, offering visitors the chance to explore the island's interior and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding seascape.
  • Marine Life: The waters around Great Bird Island are teeming with marine life. Snorkelers and divers can enjoy sightings of colorful fish, turtles, and rays. The clarity of the water enhances the underwater experience, making it a favorite spot for marine enthusiasts.
  • Picnicking: The island has designated picnic areas where visitors can enjoy a meal amidst the natural beauty. These spots are perfect for a relaxing lunch after a morning of exploration.
  • Sunsets: Great Bird Island is renowned for its spectacular sunsets. As the day draws to a close, the sky lights up in vibrant hues, providing a breathtaking backdrop for evening relaxation.

Visitor Information for Great Bird Island

A warden has recently started collecting a fee for the use of the island, so it's best to check the local regulations and cruising information before planning your visit. While you might encounter tour boats during the day, the island generally becomes peaceful by evening, offering a tranquil retreat.

Nearby Attractions

While visiting Great Bird Island, consider exploring nearby attractions such as Hell's Gate. Hell's Gate is another fascinating rock formation in the North Sound, known for its impressive arch and natural pools. It is easily accessible by dinghy from Great Bird Island.

An alternate, quieter anchorage can be found to the south behind Red Head Island.


Great Bird Island is a hidden gem in North Sound, Antigua & Barbuda, offering a blend of natural beauty and adventure. From its pristine beaches and clear waters to its vibrant marine life and scenic hiking trails, the island provides a perfect getaway for those looking to explore the untouched beauty of the Caribbean.
  • Beaches: Relax on North Beach and South Beach.
  • Hiking: Explore the trail connecting the two beaches.
  • Marine Life: Enjoy snorkeling and diving in clear waters.
  • Picnicking: Utilize the picnic areas for a relaxing meal.
  • Sunsets: Experience breathtaking sunsets.
For an unforgettable experience, make sure to include Great Bird Island in your itinerary when visiting the North Sound region of Antigua & Barbuda.

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