What was considered a perilous stretch of coral reef generations ago, now marks a point of intrigue for guests staying in Falmouth Harbor. If the world that exists underneath the surface of the sea surrounding this area is calling you, then you'll definitely want to plan some time to snorkel during your trip.
Most would not recommend grabbing your equipment and snorkeling directly from the beaches of Falmouth Harbor. While it is a possibility on a whim, the real sites to be seen are just outside the bay and accessible by boat. for example, is one of the best known snorkeling spots on the island, and it is Falmouth's pride and joy.
Snorkeling in this area of the island will bring glimpses of strong coral, sponges, colorful reef fish, sea turtles, and on the rare occasion, dolphins. While you can certainly charter a boat and sail to the snorkeling sites listed below on your own, the recommended course of action is to sign up with a tour group. You'll usually spend less than $35(USD) per person for several hours of guided fun while leaving the cares of your typical daily life behind.
If you haven't been snorkeling before, you'll quickly see why so many are impassioned by the sport. It is quiet and calm, especially here where the waters are so clear with visibility of up to 140 feet deep, the currents are nearly non-existent, and the beauty of the underwater sites take you out of yourself.
If you'd like to explore what's down below you might want to visit Carlisle Bay East. The clear waters of Carlisle Beach make it a great place to spot the tropical fish that frequent the shore. This snorkeling site is situated easily reached by taxi West of central Falmouth Harbour.
A few key details for 4 of the best locations where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed in the table below.
|Pigeon Point||1.1 mi. South West of Central Falmouth Harbour|
|Rendezvous Bay||2.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Falmouth Harbour|
|Galleon Beach||English Harbour, 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour|
|Carlisle Bay East||3.9 mi. West of Central Falmouth Harbour|
Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.
If you're hoping to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you can check with On Deck. For tourists who are interested in more than just a day of sailing, On Deck is the boating organization for you. Private day sails and charters are of course available, but they also offer courses to teach you how to sail and will work with you as you participate in local sailing events.
Be sure to look through the following table for details on the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.
|On Deck||Boating and Day-Sailing Provider||(268) 532-6696||0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour||Antigua|
If you looking for someone that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to check with 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 located within southeastern Falmouth Harbour.
The table directly below enables you to get information regarding a couple of companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.
|Dockyard Divers Snorkeling||(268) 729-3040||English Harbour, 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour|
|(268) 784-1406||Freeman's Village, 4.1 mi. North of Central Falmouth Harbour|
For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.
The mysterious marine world of Antigua is waiting for you to discover it. What better time than your visit to Falmouth Harbor? Get in touch with a local tour guide operator and in no time you'll know why snorkeling is such a popular and important pastime.
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