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, includingand . 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.
Look through the following chart for information concerning 3 of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.
|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|
If you're looking for a business that offers snorkel rentals, 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 in northeastern English Harbour.
Some details concerning a company that provides services related to snorkeling is listed below.
|Dockyard Divers Snorkeling||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(268) 729-3040||0.0 mi. Northeast of Central English Harbour||Antigua|
To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling article.
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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