Snorkeling Around Falmouth Harbour

Photo credit ©Dockyard Divers

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.  Pigeon Point 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.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to see what's below the surface you might enjoy visiting 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 located easily reached by taxi West of central Falmouth Harbour.

Review the following table to find out more about 4 of the best locations to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Falmouth Harbour
Site Location
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

Snorkeling Boat Trips

On Deck

For some people, the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you can check with On Deck. On Deck offers the largest selection of sailing courses on the island, whether you are interested in practical training or theory. For your convenience, online courses are offered as well.

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

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Falmouth Harbour
Name Type Phone Location Island
On Deck Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (268) 532-6696 0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour Antigua

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can 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.

Information regarding a firm that offers snorkeling related services is listed in the following table.

Snorkeling Services Near Falmouth Harbour
Name Type Phone Location Island
Dockyard Divers Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (268) 729-3040 English Harbour, 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour Antigua

For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our comprehensive 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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