Scuba diving in Anguilla is generally easy. Anguilla is a small, pricey Leeward island a few minutes ferry ride from Dutch island of St. Maarten. Here's the map.
Its main appeal comes from beautiful beaches and exclusive ambiance. Good, typical Caribbean reefs are close in, but expect no drama. Fish population is low, due to overfishing but you'd be unlucky to spend a week diving in Anguilla and not see a turtle or two and there's a good chance of spotting conch.
It has seven marine parks: Dog Island, Prickley Pear, Seal Island Reef System, Little Bay, Sandy Island, Shoal Bay Harbour Reef System and Stoney Bay Marine Park, which boasts a truly unique attraction, a 960-ton Spanish galleon, El Buen Consejo.
However, it's not an island to visit just for scuba diving, but, if you are there on holiday, do some diving as well as there are some interesting sites.
- El Buen Consejo - a 960-ton Spanish galleon that rests on the ocean floor with her cannons and cargo.
- Stoney Bay Marine Park - an award-winning underwater park open to certified scuba divers.
- Scrub Island, at the eastern end of Anguilla, is a good place for shark spotting!
- It's in the hurricane belt, so ideally avoid the July – October period, just in case!!
- A yellow fever vaccination certificate is requires from travellers over 1 year of age travelling from infected areas.
|Language:||English is the official language|
|Currency:||East Caribbean $|
|Time:||GMT - 4|
|Natural hazards:||Frequent hurricanes (July to October)|
|Diving season:||12 months|
|Water temperature:||Jan to March - 24C/75F|
|June to October – 27C/81F|
|Hyperbaric chambers:||Closest: Saba|