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

The chart right below summarizes more information about 3 of the best places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area.

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 someone offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to contact Dockyard Divers Snorkeling. This group specializes in trips to Antigua's south coast and includes such sites as Snapper Hole, Stingray Alley, and Barracuda Reef. They are found within northeastern English Harbour.

A few details regarding a place that offers snorkeling related services is listed right below.

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 concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this exhaustive 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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