Barbuda is a destination recognized for its great guided diving, thanks to the ring of barrier reefs encircling the north end and the numerous ship wrecks – some of which even remain unexplored to this day. Where there is great diving, you can usually find superb snorkeling, and this is certainly the case when it comes to Barbuda.
In addition to the barrier reefs of the north, there are multiple fringe reefs around the entire island. This means you have numerous chances to view coral and the various reef fish that inhabit these systems.
While you can, of course, try snorkeling from any beach thanks to the shelfs, many visitors either hire a guided boat tour or rent a kayak to take them to sightly deeper waters and provide them with access to greater sites. This is where snorkeling stands out from diving. If you were to sign up to scuba dive these sites, there would be a time limit attached to your underwater sightseeing as you race against the oxygen tank trying to explore all that you can before you run out. With snorkeling, you can take your time, go slowly, and really spend time getting to know each beautiful image you see. This, the quiet calmness, and a visibility of up to 140 feet are reasons why snorkeling is so appealing to Barbuda's visitors.
In addition to the colorful coral and curious reef fish, it is not uncommon to see lobster, sea turtles, and even the occasional dolphin in these waters, which have average temperatures of 80 degrees Farenheit.
The table below lists a few details regarding 2 of the best locations where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|Goat Point||6.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Codrington||Goat Island|
|Palm Beach||2.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Codrington||Barbuda|
For more information about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read our exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Barbuda's snorkeling is so good that even those staying on Antigua will often make the ferry ride over to spend a few hours exploring under the sea. If you are intrigued by the sport even a little, this is an island that comes highly recommended.
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