Snorkeling Around English Harbour

The coast of English Harbour is often the destination pointed to for those who are new to the sport of snorkeling.  With crystal clear visibility, calm waters, and exciting sites to see, this is where you will become hooked. 

There are several beaches in or very near English Harbour that seasoned snorkelers rave about, including Pigeon Point and Galleon Beach.  Both have powder soft sand and are not so rocky that you need to wear swim shoes until you reach waters deep enough to slip on your fins and begin floating.  

At these locations, you'll encounter waters as warm as 80 degrees Fahrenheit, healthy coral, schools of curious fish, and at the far end of Galleon's Beach there is even a small, shallow shipwreck.  This is a perfect example of what is so great about snorkeling.  No experience or training is necessary.  Just the proper gear and you'll soon be so immersed in exploring the unimaginable sites that are hidden within the sea that you are sent to a zen place within yourself and easily forget about any worries you may have back on land. 

There is also some great snorkeling to be had about 12 miles off the southwest coast of English Harbour in the form of a reef.  Visibility is especially good at up to 140 feet, and with little to no current the majority of the time, many local tour guides offer trips to the reef here.  You can expect to see a great diversity of sea life, including sergent majors, chubb, sponge growth, barracuda, and much more.  Sea turtles are even known to make an appearance on occasion. 

Snorkeling Sites

Details concerning 3 of the best locations to go snorkeling in this area are listed in the following table.

Snorkeling Sites Near English Harbour
Site Location
Galleon Beach 0.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central English Harbour
Pigeon Point 1.3 mi. West of Central English Harbour
Rendezvous Bay 2.8 mi. West of Central English Harbour

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Dockyard Divers Snorkeling. A local watersports operation that specializes in diving, the sites they visit are also perfect for snorkelers as well and so they allow guests to tag along for a snorkeling trip. If you're traveling with a diver or just want a knowledgeable team to show you the best sites for snorkeling, this spot has you covered on all ends. They are found in northeastern English Harbour.

Take some time to look through the chart below to find out more about a firm that offers snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In English Harbour
Name Type Phone Location Island
Dockyard Divers Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (268) 729-3040 0.0 mi. Northeast of Central English Harbour Antigua

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

Even if you aren't new to the sport of snorkeling, there is much to see in the waters that surround English Harbour, and you will certainly regret not pulling on that mask and swimming out to see the underwater sites if you decide to skip snorkeling during this visit.   

 

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