There are no international flights straight to Barbuda, all visitors must travel to our sister island Antigua first. A large number of international carriers from the US, the UK, Canada and the wider Caribbean have flights to Antigua. In most cases you will need to stay at least one night in Antigua until you can get on a local flight or the ferry to Barbuda. You can also charter a plane or a helicopter, which is sometimes cost effective if there are five or more people with luggage and if there is a charter readily available. Coco Point organise their own flights for guests.
SVG operate Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air (ABM) who are currently one of the carriers to Barbuda. Changes to their flight schedules are made almost every day and often without notice.You can book online or try their number (268) 562-7183 (Antigua) and (268) 562-8089 (Barbuda) bearing in mind that they may be on the ground with a plane and not in their office.
The ticket price is now EC$175 one way - approximately US$65. Please re-confirm your flight with the airport before the day - and be advised that if you are late checking in they will give away your seat. They also cancel and alter flights without warning or compensation so leave a local contact number and they might let you know. The plane will be a small 7 seater so luggage space is restricted and everything (including you) will be weighed. The allowance is 1 hand baggage not exceeding 10lbs and one checked-in baggage not exceeding 50lbs. Additional or overweight bags will be charged and may be delayed overnight until a flight is able to carry them. If you have very heavy luggage the ferry may be able to assist with this for a small charge, or it will have to go on one of the cargo boats, see below for info on both. The flight takes about fifteen minutes, and if all the above goes well, it can be a great service. The airport is in the village so it is a short walk to the centre of Codrington.
Barbuda Airways - since the election there were rumours of a new and much cheaper airline for Barbuda with fares at half the above price. It existed purely for the transport of Antiguans to our Caribana over one long weekend and hasn't been heard of or seen since.
with cargo freight
All other village supplies including everything we buy in Antigua for our shops and houses comes to Barbuda on three or four small cargo boats that make the return trip to Antigua twice a week, usually leaving on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and one other day, depending on the weather, arriving at River Wharf above. To arrange cargo transport speak to Fabian Jones who runs Silver Seal on (268) 772-5028 or go to Point Wharf in Antigua and speak with a captain there. Barbudans drop off their goods to the boat early in the week while it's being loaded and collect it again when it arrives in Barbuda later in the week.
There is also a barge that comes every few weeks to collect sand, bringing with it larger items such as blocks, cars and containers. To speak to someone about using this transport call Knackbill Nedd.
This Antiguan catamaran sometimes comes to Barbuda and offers a six hour day tour that includes lunch on the beach and a free bar.
by private yacht or plane
On arrival by private boat or private plane into Barbuda, you are required to complete clearance immediately through the Port Authority, Customs and Immigration. Updated information with contact details for clearing in and out of Barbuda, along with the most popular places to anchor are given on the next pages.
The most popular anchorages are at Coco Point (left) and Spanish Point (right) which are both on the south coast. If you are moored here it will be a considerable distance to cycle or taxi into the village but a phone call to any of the tour guides or taxis
will bring someone out to your boat. You are not encouraged to go into the private Coco Point Lodge hotel which is located on this beach although all beaches in Antigua and Barbuda are open to the public on the waterline.
There are also anchorages at Low Bay (pic left) on the west of the island where you will see the closed Lighthouse Hotel in front of you. From here you will need to call a boat (sea taxi) to get across the Lagoon into the village or carry your dinghy over the sand. Please note that it is forbidden to use your own dinghy to visit the Frigate bird sanctuary from here.
Some boats also come to River Wharf (pic right) which has recently been improved for mooring but there isn't much space to get in and out here as it is the harbour used by the ferry and by cargo boats, but it is nearer to the village.
A new mooring at Uncle Roddy's has been marked out by buoys to assist those who want to arrive and leave from Coral Group - call him for details.
Contact any of the land or sea taxi operators to meet your boat, they are familiar with the needs of visiting yachts and can carry you to all the essential services quickly. Their prices are set by the Barbuda Council and you can ask to see a copy of these rates if you wish. Most things you need in the way of everyday items can be bought in the village and can be found on the shopping page or on the business page. Although Barbuda can be very expensive as we have to import nearly everything ourselves, we really appreciate your visits to support our shops and services. We ask you to contact the waste disposal experts to get rid of your rubbish if necessary.
It's a Bit Fishy
Rosalind offers her past experience in five star hotels to visiting Superyachts. Call ahead for assistance with customs/immigration clearance and for concierge services such as VIP airport meet/greet, private plane, helicopter and boat charters, beauty therapy and massage, specialist provisioning such as fresh seafood as well as full set-up for remote beach events. Her husband Arthur, a Barbudan with in depth knowledge of the island offers island water tours, deep sea sports fishing and is also available to assist with technical and mechanical problems onboard. Visa/Mastercard accepted. For more information see their website here or call (268) 783 8073.
Embellish Beauty Therapy
Afiya Frank is a qualified beauty practitioner who trained in the UK. She can visit your yacht or hotel for a wide range of beauty treatments, wedding preparation and other holistic therapies using her natural handmade Barbudan products including seaweed and sea salt scrubs and lotions. Contact Afiya on (268) 734-1410
The ArtCafe in the village opens for lunches and in the evening for pre-booked suppers serving local Barbudan food especially fish and Caribbean cocktails in a pretty candlelit village setting. Ring Claire to choose your menu on (268) 4600434
Thomas and Sons Waste Disposal and Re-cycling
This friendly and efficient service collects annd disposes of all household waste including our local village collection once every week. If you are a visiting yacht or a hotel you can also call for a special collection to come to you anywhere on the island. Gregory and his team will dispose of your rubbish in the right place; do not give your rubbish to other unlicenced collectors as they may not dispose of it properly. And please do not leave your rubbish on the beaches. Call Hilroy Thomas at home on (268) 4600015 or on 770-4967 or 721-1268. Call Greg on 734-2045 or 722-2045 and Ted Thomas on 722-5511.
Information for yachts on clearing into and out of Barbuda is given on the next page.
Barbuda is regularly visited by experienced sailors who like to keep the secret to themselves. The island has almost 200 wrecks around the coast which are enough to put off casual sailors, and is so flat that it is very difficult to see until you are dangerously close to the reefs. However, in his “Cruising Guide to the Leeward Island” and the article Cruising to Codrington Chris Doyle gives comprehensive details on how to do this safely. A regular visitor to Barbuda, Chris is very familiar with the coastline and was here this year to update his guide. Most of those who make the effort are delighted when finally anchored off a stunning beach without a soul in sight. Ask a local person for advice if you need to know where to moor your boat and please do not anchor to our reefs, fish in the restricted areas or use jet skis, spear guns and other destructive equipment.
To contact and clear Barbuda Immigration call (268) 721 2908 or, if you are in Barbuda already their local number is 562-5551. They ask that you contact them only during opening hours which are Mon - Thurs 8am - 4.30pm; Fri - 8am to 3pm, and at weekends 10am - 2pm.
Checking the weather - here is our link to Windguru
As we often have to stay at least one night in Antigua before we can get to or from Barbuda on the busy local flight or the ferry, we recommend that you plan for this and spend a more relaxing time there.
There are many listed guest houses on air bnb and we have stayed at several of them; we recommend Fitches Creek which is close to town and the airport, or this pretty house with a pool and amazing views at Seatons village Blue Bay
Is a friendly family owned hotel very close to the airport and they do transfers to and from the airport for overnight guests.
Come for the day?
With Antigua +39 Tours Italians Melania and Roberto come to Barbuda on a regular basis and so they are very familiar with the best places to see on Barbuda, while you are on holiday in Antigua.
Or if you want to stay longer...