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 interesting dive sites to choose from.
Some information concerning the area's dive operators are provided in the table below.
|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|
Take a minute to read the table just below for an indication of what typical dive services cost 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|
The chart below lists some information concerning some of the area's better-known dive sites.
|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|
For more information about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both beginners and experienced divers, read our comprehensive guide to 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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