Snorkeling Around Jolly Harbour

If you're hoping to get some snorkeling in during your time in Jolly Harbour, you're in a great jumping off point to begin your adventure.  While most agree that waters close to shore are not clear enough to make it worth your while, just a mile off shore by boat is a great reef system just waiting to be explored.

If you insist on snorkeling from the shore, you aren't completely out of luck.  Head to Johnson's Point or Darkwood Beach in the Jolly Harbour area, you may catch glimpse of sea creatures darting from one rock to the next.  These locations do not have stands set up to rent out equipment, however, so you'll need to be proactive and bring your own or rent from somewhere else.

Jolly Harbour is home to several different tour guide operators and scuba diving outfits that offer tours geared towards snorkelers.  In this area, this option will be your best bet for seeing the best snorkeling sites around.   The trips take off from the marina and promise that guests will see healthy, thriving coral as well as colorful reef fish.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to explore what's below the surface you might want to check out Darkwood Beach. While it does not offer the best snorkeling on the island, the clam waters and decent wildlife viewing opportunities make Darkwood Beach a good spot for beginners and anyone looking for a quiet snorkel. This snorkeling site is found a short distance away South of central Jolly Harbour.

Carlisle Bay East is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. The clear waters of Carlisle Beach make it a great place to spot the tropical fish that frequent the shore.

Summary information concerning 4 of the best locations to go snorkeling in this area are listed below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Jolly Harbour
Site Location
Darkwood Beach 1.8 mi. South of Central Jolly Harbour
Johnson's Point 2.8 mi. South of Central Jolly Harbour
Hawksbill Bay 3.4 mi. North of Central Jolly Harbour
Carlisle Bay East 5.1 mi. Southeast of Central Jolly Harbour

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Some people believe the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you should consider West Coast Tours Antigua. There are three different tours offered by WCT. They include a three hour Snorkeling Adventure Tour, the 90 minute Fantastic is the Word of the Day Tour, and the half day Explore Antigua by Land and By Sea Tour.

A few details concerning the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling can be found down below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Jolly Harbour
Name Type Phone Location Island
West Coast Tours Antigua Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (268) 728-5239 Jolly Harbour Antigua

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a place offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with AquaSports Jolly Harbour. Opened in 1998, AquaSports in Jolly Harbour is the second of two AquaSport stores that have provided residents and visitors to Antigua with all of their watersports needs for over two decades. They are located in the heart of Jolly Harbour.

A second company catering to snorkelers is AquaSports St. John. This shop's line of products is extensive, giving shoppers the opportunity to find the perfect fit when it comes to fishing, snorkeling and water sports equipment. All types of accessories you may require such as waterproof cameras, beach clothing, shoes, towels and sunblock are available. If you're looking for a special piece of equipment and can't seem to find it, just ask, chances are they have it in stock.

A third option is Stingray City. See the stingrays of Antigua up close in this tropical snorkeling adventure. They're located in Redcliffe Quay, easily reached by taxi Northeast of central Jolly Harbour.

The chart just below enables you to learn information regarding 3 companies that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around Jolly Harbour
Name Type Phone Location
AquaSports Jolly Harbour Watersports Equipment Shop (268) 462-3474 Central Jolly Harbour
AquaSports St. John Watersports Equipment Shop (268) 462-3474 Redcliffe Quay, 4.7 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour
Stingray City Snorkeling Tour Operator (268) 562-7297 Redcliffe Quay, 4.7 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this comprehensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Jolly Harbour may not be the best location for independent snorkeling, but it remains a possibility, and you can't go wrong hiring a local guide to show you the ropes.  Whatever option ends up working out best for you, making sure you carve out some time specifically for snorkeling is a must. 


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