Caribbean Tourism

Antigua Diving & Marine Life

Antigua Diving & Marine Life

There are barrier reefs around most of Antigua which are host to lots of colorful fish and underwater plant life. Diving is mostly shallow, up to 60 ft, except below Shirley Heights, where dives are up to 110 ft, or Sunken Rock, with a depth of 122 ft where the cleft rock formation gives the impression of a cave dive.


Popular sites are Cades Reef, which runs for 2½ miles along the leeward side of the island and is an underwater park; Sandy Island Reef, covered with several types of coral and only 30-50 ft deep; Horseshoe Reef, Barracuda Alley and Little Bird Island.

There are also some wrecks to explore, including the Andes, in 20 ft of water in Deep Bay, but others have disappeared in the recent hurricanes. Diving off Barbuda is more difficult unless you are on a boat with full gear and a compressor, as no one offers diving there. The water is fairly shallow, so snorkeling can be enjoyable. There is little information on the island about conservation and few warnings on the dangers of touching living coral.


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