Anguilla is considered to be a great Caribbean locale to visit if you are looking to escape the fast paced, crowded, big-city life. To further get away, try exploring a whole new world; a world where it is quiet and calm, where you can go at your own pace and experience no interruptions.
This world, of course, is below the surface of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Anguilla, which you can explore by diving and snorkeling.
The waters surrounding Anguilla range in visibility from 60 to 100 ft below the surface, and tend to stay around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Divers can expect to see a number of tropical marine animals on their underwater trips, including turtles, Tarpon, eels, and Spotted Eagle Rays.
Scuba, which is an acronym for “self contained underwater breathing apparatus,” allows the participant to delve deeper into the sea by utilizing an air tank in order to stay submerged for an extended period of time. Scuba diving does take some training, and many of Anguilla's resorts offer scuba classes as one of their amenities. If your hotel does not offer these classes, there are numerous dive shops on the island that cater to new scuba divers.
Those that are looking for an underwater activity with less requirements may want to look into snorkeling.
You'll find several dive operators and at least 16 interesting dive sites to choose from.
If you're ready to go diving, you can check with Anguillan Divers. PADI training takes place in a fresh water pool, and once certified you can move to the sea for wreck, cave, and reef dives. Dive trips leave from Cove Bay every morning at 8:30 a.m. They are found in Meads Bay, in western Anguilla.
Another good option is Vigilant Divers. In order to provide optimal training, only four guests are brought out on each boat. You can sign up for a number of different safety courses and tours depending upon your skill level. They can be reached at (264) 235-4096.
A third good option is Shoal Bay Scuba. Shoal Bay Scuba is so well-recommended that they now have two locations in order to serve the high volume of customers with the high level of care and safety they expect. Shoal Bay Scuba is locally owned and the island's only full-service PADI dive resort which specializes in both courses and actual dives. They're located in Shoal Bay East, in northern Anguilla.
The chart just below summarizes some information concerning diving services in the area.
|Anguillan Divers||(264) 497-4750||0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Meads Bay|
|Shoal Bay Scuba||(264) 235-1482||3.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central the Valley|
|Vigilant Divers||(264) 235-4096||The Valley, Central Anguilla|
Check out the table just below to learn more about the typical cost of dive services in this area.
|Offering Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Discover Scuba||$ 85.0||$ 120.0|
|Double Tank Dive||$ 85.0||$ 120.0|
|Night Dive||$ 50.0||$ 90.0|
|Open Water Certification||$ 375.0||$ 390.0|
|Single Tank Dive||$ 50.0||$ 65.0|
The following table has some information concerning some of the area's dive sites.
|Good||Open Water / CMAS *||100.1||18.2503166667||-63.0470333333|
|Good||Open Water / CMAS *||82.0||18.2459833333||-63.0802333333|
|Good||Open Water / CMAS *||60.0||18.22215||-63.13765|
|Very Good||Open Water / CMAS *||85.0||18.2525||-63.1344833333|
|Very Good||Open Water / CMAS *||111.9||18.2490333333||-63.0918166667|
For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both experienced divers and beginners, check out our extensive discussion of diving in the Caribbean.
Anguilla appears to be a sleepy island upon first glance, but in actuality it is alive with beautiful marine life just waiting to be discovered. Plan to make a day of snorkeling or diving, and bring home memories that will last you a lifetime.
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