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 want to experience what's below the surface you might enjoy 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.
Be sure to look through the table just below for a quick overview of 4 of the most popular locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area.
|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 most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.
If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you should consider 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 look at the chart below for information concerning 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 a business offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with 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 in southeastern Falmouth Harbour.
Information with regard to two companies that offer snorkeling related services are summarized right below.
|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|
To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling article.
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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