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Antigua and Barbuda

Scuba diving in Antigua and Barbuda; scuba diving information and reviews . . .

English Harbour, AntiguaAlthough it has a well-developed tourism industry, Antigua is not particularly known for its diving environment, mainly because the diving cannot compete with the impressive coral and fringing reefs elsewhere in the Caribbean.  Here's the map.

The good news is that Antigua presents a wide array of water-based activities, plus long beautiful white sand beaches, more historical sites on land than most other islands and a dry climate, so there's something to suit everyone, divers or not.

What to see:
  • Cades Reef - one of Antigua's best-known offshore sites, and is now partly contained in a designated underwater park.
  • The Andes - a three-masted merchant ship that sank in 1905 and now rests in less than thirty feet of water in Deep Bay.
  • Pillars of Hercules - one of Antigua's best dive sites. Fabulous coral and plenty of small marine life.
Need to know:
  • To dive off Barbuda, it is best to make arrangements with a dive shop on Antigua to have the necessary equipment taken over by air or boat.
  • Antigua has real coral reefs on the north, south and east sides. These reefs are relatively shallow and have suffered hurricane damage.
  • Dive depths generally range from 25 to 80 feet and can reach 180 feet.
  • Distances from shore to site are between 5 and 40 minutes.
Useful stuff:
Language: English
Currency: East Caribbean $
Time: GMT - 4
Climate: Tropical
Natural hazards: Tropical storms & hurricanes between July and October
Diving season: 12 months
Water temperature: Jan to March - 24C/75F
June to October – 27C/81F

Caribbean - Antigua and Barbuda: Latest User Reviews

A nice day  Indigo Divers, Antigua and Barbuda 4 Star Rating Added: 12th December 2013 by viamar
During a stopover of our cruise ship. I went diving with Indogo Divers. I loved my experience. Pats listened to any of our needs. She is professionnal, with an excellent knowledge of the environnement. She made us live a very pleasant diving experience. The taxi fare from the dock to...
these guys are closed as well  Sea Wolf Diving School, Antigua and Barbuda 3 Star Rating Added: 6th January 2012 by extrememarinescuba
SEA WOLF is out of business they closed in april 2010
Dive in a cruise ship port  Indigo Divers, Antigua and Barbuda 5 Star Rating Added: 6th December 2011 by aknud1
Antigua: We recently arranged to dive with Indigo Divers when our cruise ship docked in Antigua. We took a taxi to Jolly Harbour where we met Pats at the docks with the boat. What a great day of diving. The seas were rough and the other divers cancelled but they did...
Fantastic dive op!  Sea Wolf Diving School, Antigua and Barbuda 5 Star Rating Added: 18th March 2010 by jex
We dove with SeaWolf diving a little while back and I have nothing but the highest regard for them. Bryan Cunningham runs a top-shelf shop there! We didn't even mind making the drive across the island from Jolly Harbour (about 45 minutes each way) because we so enjoyed diving with...
SEA WOLF DIVING AUG 2009  Sea Wolf Diving School, Antigua and Barbuda 4 Star Rating Added: 3rd September 2009 by BJPHD
Dived with Bryan over two days followed by a day snorkelling. Tish picked us up from the hotel and the journey to the dive centre was very entertaining. Dive sites selected by Bryan were excellent, coral was intact and marine life was in abundance. The snorkelling day was at the...
Better than I thought....  Indigo Divers, Antigua and Barbuda 5 Star Rating Added: 24th April 2009 by OtterGal
I had originally only planned one dive on my holiday (I had read that the diving in Antigua wasn't that great) but we were delightfully surprised and wound up doing a 3day package - 6 dives. The staff took care of us really well - we only dive once or...
Referral dive experience  Sea Wolf Diving School, Antigua and Barbuda 5 Star Rating Added: 6th March 2009 by magbag
As lapsed divers of a certain age we were reassured when Bryan and Tish replied enthusiastically to our preliminary email enquiries to set up our referral package pre holiday. The cost of taxis in Antigua is prohibitive so Trish collecting us each morning from our hotel and showing us the...
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