Snorkeling Around Blowing Point

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Some of the best snorkeling on Anguilla can be found at the reef just off the coast of Blowing Point; all you have to do is pull on your equipment, wade in, and take a chance.  You may just be surprised by what you find.  

The waters here are warm and crystal clear, with the bonus fact that the reef is rather shallow.  You will need a boat to access it, but even if you decide to stick close to shore, the waters are filled with colorful fish and snorkeling should always be placed on your to do list for a day at the beach.  Your hotel may offer snorkeling equipment as part of your stay, but if not there are a few watersports shops that rent out equipment for under $10(USD) a set. 

The possibility also exists to participate in a snorkeling excursion.  Some tour operators will take you out to the reef and provide local knowledge that you wouldn't get otherwise.  These trips can piggy back on scuba diving excursions or be stand alone options that generally cost between $15 and $40(USD).    If you go out to the reef, you'll have a chance to see colorful coral and fish, including tarpon, spotted eagle rays, snappers, and even turtles and reef sharks.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to seeing what's down below you should consider a visit to Barnes Bay. Just offshore lies a long reef that is filled with aquatic animals. Sea turtles, tropical fish, stingrays, and even squid can be found swimming about the area. This snorkeling site is found in Blowing Point.

Pelican Bay is another option. These secluded and calm waters make it a great spot for beginners and anyone looking for a relaxing snorkel. As you gently drift along, you should have no problem spotting tropical fish, and maybe even a turtle or stingray.

View the table just below for a summary list of 5 of the best locations to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Blowing Point
Site Location
Pelican Bay 0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Blowing Point
Meads Bay 3.1 mi. West of Central Blowing Point
Sandy Island Beach 2.9 mi. Northwest of Central Blowing Point
Barnes Bay 3.7 mi. West of Central Blowing Point
Crocus Bay 3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Blowing Point

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're hoping to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you can check with Calypso Charters. A professional charter service that offers transportation between Anguilla, St. Barth's, St. Maarten, and St. Martin, this boat operator specializes in tailoring each sailing experience to your personal needs.

Take a moment to look through this table for a list of the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Blowing Point
Name Type Phone Location Island
Calypso Charters Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (246) 584-8504 0.4 mi. South of Central Blowing Point Anguilla

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for someone offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to contact Andy's Beach Rentals. While they actually specializes in rental car, Andy and his team is happy to help his guests explore all the best that Anguilla has to offer -- including what lies beneath the surface of the sea. Snorkeling is amazing in this area of the island, so pick up your snorkeling kit here before you drive off. They are located within southern Blowing Point.

A few details regarding 4 places that offer services related to snorkeling are summarized below.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Blowing Point
Name Type Phone Location
Andy's Beach Rentals Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (264) 584-7010 0.4 mi. South of Central Blowing Point
Calypso Charter's Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (264) 584-8504 0.4 mi. South of Central Blowing Point
Shoal Bay Scuba Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (264) 235-1482 1.5 mi. North of Central Blowing Point
Skyline Snorkeling Rentals Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (264) 497-8644 Shoal Bay West, 4.3 mi. West of Central Blowing Point

To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

From one beach to the next, you'll find that Blowing Point offers its visitors a great destination for a vacation filled with snorkeling.  


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