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 explore below the water's surface you might want to check out 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.

Be sure to look at this table to find out more about 4 of the most popular places to experience 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

Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to contact 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.

You can look through this table for details on 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're 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 within southeastern Falmouth Harbour.

Some key facts with regard to a couple of firms that offer snorkeling related services are listed here:

Snorkeling Services Near Falmouth Harbour
Name Phone Location
Dockyard Divers Snorkeling (268) 729-3040 English Harbour, 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour
Life's A Beach (268) 784-1406 Freeman's Village, 4.1 mi. North of Central Falmouth Harbour

For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" check out this 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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