Diving Overview for Antigua and Barbuda
The tropical Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda are almost completely surrounded by well-preserved coral reefs and ship wrecks making for excellent diving and snorkelling!
There is a shelf surrounding the South and East coast of Antigua and almost the whole of Barbuda that offers fantastic shallow diving and snorkelling -you can really see all the vibrant colours of the reef!
To the south of Antigua, Cades Reef is a popular dive site where you can see a vast array of tropical fish, sting rays, nurse sharks and if you're lucky, the occasional passing whale shark! The Sunken Rock ledge along the south coast is has a deep cleft, huge coral overhangs and amazing colourful Gorgonians. Barracuda Reef is another popular site with its boulders and small caves where you can find nurse sharks and schools of barracuda.
The Andes wreck, a large 3-masted merchant ship sank in 1905, lies less than 10m of water in Deep Bay -no pun intended! Wrecks are plentiful in Antigua and there are many wrecks around Barbuda, most yet to be explored.
Diving in Antigua is possible all year round, hurricane season generally runs from June - October so check the weather forecasts. Currents are mild to non-existent in most places, visibility is good and waters average about 25 C making it perfect destination for beginners and experienced divers alike.
The dive centres in Antigua are generally thought to be better equipped and offer dive trips around Barbuda and Antigua.
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