A major port and the capital city of Antigua and Barbuda, St. Johns is a coastal destination that one might expect is prime for watersports. Although anyone who is willing can find space to participate in these water based activities, if you're looking for the best snorkeling on the island, you'll do best to seek it out just north of town.
Dickenson Bay and the more secluded are great for easy shore snorkeling, and both are directly north of town. You can rent equipment at nearby hotels or watersports operations then head to the shore and give it a go.
Most would recommend, however, that you sign up for a guided snorkeling tour. There are several that operate out of the harbor in St. Johns and offer full days of fun centered on snorkeling. The best ones will take you about an hour away by boat towhich is just offshore the southwest coast and overrun with soft corals, barracudas, moray eels, and much more, as it stretches about two miles long.
It is this destination and many more that are indicative of what it is that makes snorkeling such a popular and important pastime. Here, the visibility ranges up to 140 feet deep, and the waters are an ideal 80 degrees Fahrenheit on any average day, plus the current is unnoticeable. In a sport that already promotes a peaceful, almost meditative state, not having to worry about weather or poor water conditions makes it that much more serene.
If you're looking forward to exploring what's down below you might want to visit Deep Bay. The final resting place of a ship that wrecked in 1905 when it caught fire and sank, it now rests at a depth of only 35 feet, making it more than accessible to divers and snorkelers alike. Since its sinking, the wreck as become a popular habitat for sponges, as well as countless small fish. This snorkeling site is located in Five Islands, a short distance away West of central St. Johns.
Some key information about 4 of the best locations to go snorkeling in this area are listed right below.
|Deep Bay||Five Islands, 2.8 mi. West of Central St. Johns||Antigua|
|Dickenson Bay||Dickenson Bay, 3.0 mi. North of Central St. Johns||Antigua|
|Hawksbill Bay||Five Islands, 3.6 mi. West of Central St. Johns||Antigua|
|Prickly Pear Island, 4.9 mi. Northeast of Central St. Johns||Prickly Pear Island|
For some people, 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 Treasure Island Cruises. For nearly 20 years Treasure Island Cruises has shown Antigua's visitors the joy of sailing around the island. They can handle all of your sailing needs, whether you're hosting an event or simply want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery.
Check this table for details on the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.
|Treasure Island Cruises||Boating and Day-Sailing Provider||(268) 461-8675||Downtown St. John's||Antigua|
If you're looking for a business that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with Aquasports. A shop that began in 1994 mainly selling snorkeling and fishing equipment is now the number one shop on the entire island for watersports equipment. In addition to offering snorkeling kits for sale and for rent, you can sign up with one of their knowledgeable guides for a tour of some of Antigua's best snorkeling sites. They are found within the heart of St. Johns.
A second place worth knowing about is. See the stingrays of Antigua up close in this tropical snorkeling adventure.
The following chart enables you to learn some information regarding 3 places that provide services related to snorkeling.
|Aquasports||Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service||(268) 480-3090||Downtown St. John's|
|Snorkeling Tour Operator||(268) 784-1406||Freeman's Village, 4.3 mi. Southeast of Central St. Johns|
|Snorkeling Tour Operator||(268) 562-7297||Downtown St. John's|
To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our comprehensive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.
While you may have to make plans to head out of town to find the island's best snorkeling, those planning a vacation in St. Johns should not discount the possibility of participating in the sport. Here, it never takes much work to make your way below the surface of the sea.
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