Anguilla is considered to be a great Caribbean locale to visit if you are looking to escape the fast paced, crowded, big-city life. To further get away, try exploring a whole new world; a world where it is quiet and calm, where you can go at your own pace and experience no interruptions.
This world, of course, is below the surface of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Anguilla, which you can explore by diving and snorkeling.
The waters surrounding Anguilla range in visibility from 60 to 100 ft below the surface, and tend to stay around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Divers can expect to see a number of tropical marine animals on their underwater trips, including turtles, Tarpon, eels, and Spotted Eagle Rays.
Scuba, which is an acronym for “self contained underwater breathing apparatus,” allows the participant to delve deeper into the sea by utilizing an air tank in order to stay submerged for an extended period of time. Scuba diving does take some training, and many of Anguilla's resorts offer scuba classes as one of their amenities. If your hotel does not offer these classes, there are numerous dive shops on the island that cater to new scuba divers.
Those that are looking for an underwater activity with less requirements may want to look into snorkeling.
You'll find several dive services and at least 16 different dive sites to choose from.
If you're ready to go diving, you can check with Anguillan Divers. Anguilla Divers is a top PADI Divecenter thanks in part to the fact that they have guides that teach in four different languages including English, Dutch, French, and German. You can sign up for PADI certification courses or, if you are already certified, singular dive trips. They are located in Meads Bay, in western Anguilla.
Another option is Vigilant Divers. Offering PADI Instruction and guided diving, Vigilant Divers offers personalized dive excursions that focus on safety and proper technique above all. You can call them at (264) 235-4096.
Still another option is Shoal Bay Scuba. Shoal Bay Scuba is so well-recommended that they now have two locations in order to serve the high volume of customers with the high level of care and safety they expect. Shoal Bay Scuba is locally owned and the island's only full-service PADI dive resort which specializes in both courses and actual dives. They're located in Shoal Bay East, in northern Anguilla.
View this table to learn more about area dive operators.
|Anguillan Divers||(264) 497-4750||0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Meads Bay|
|Shoal Bay Scuba||(264) 235-1482||3.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central the Valley|
|Vigilant Divers||(264) 235-4096||The Valley, Central Anguilla|
Review this table for information concerning the typical cost of dive services in this area.
|Offering Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Discover Scuba||$ 85.0||$ 120.0|
|Double Tank Dive||$ 85.0||$ 120.0|
|Night Dive||$ 50.0||$ 90.0|
|Open Water Certification||$ 375.0||$ 390.0|
|Single Tank Dive||$ 50.0||$ 65.0|
Details regarding some of the area's dive sites can be seen in the table below.
|Good||Open Water / CMAS *||100.1||18.2503166667||-63.0470333333|
|Good||Open Water / CMAS *||82.0||18.2459833333||-63.0802333333|
|Good||Open Water / CMAS *||60.0||18.22215||-63.13765|
|Very Good||Open Water / CMAS *||85.0||18.2525||-63.1344833333|
|Very Good||Open Water / CMAS *||111.9||18.2490333333||-63.0918166667|
To learn more concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips skilled divers as well as beginners, check out this extensive discussion of scuba diving in the Caribbean.
Anguilla appears to be a sleepy island upon first glance, but in actuality it is alive with beautiful marine life just waiting to be discovered. Plan to make a day of snorkeling or diving, and bring home memories that will last you a lifetime.
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