Diving in Antigua and Barbuda

Learn to Dive in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda’s Highlights

Antigua and Barbuda boast beautiful coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. There are a number of wrecks to be explored. Reef sharks, rays and squid call Antigua and Barbuda home. Lesser known than their Caribbean neighbors, Antigua and Barbuda have dive sites for all levels.

When is the best time to go diving in Antigua and Barbuda? 

You can dive in Antigua and Barbuda at any time of year. Hurricane season is from July to November. The dry season is from January to April which boasts the best visibility. 

Water Temperature: The water is always warm in Antigua and Barbuda ranging from 26°C to 28°C all year-round. 

Currents: Mild to strong

Visibility: 15 to 40 meters.

Antigua and Barbuda best dive sites

Pillars of Hercules 

Labeled after the famous Greek God, located to the South of Antigua. Large limestone rock foundations can be found above and below water. With a maximum depth of 22 meters, divers can spot lobsters, barracuda, snapper and more.

Jettia’s Wreck

Sunk in 1817, this wreck is located at a depth of 8 meters and is broken up into several parts. Corals have covered the parts of the boat and make for a great home for marine life.

Cades Reef

Probably the most famous reef in Antigua, this 7 miles of reef has several dive sites located along it. Marine life including nurse sharks, turtles, and rays can be found. Sites usually range from 15 to 25 meters.

About the country 

With over 365 beaches, locals like to say there is a beach for each day of the year. Crystal blue waters are perfect for sailing and other water sports. Barbuda is popular with turtle lovers as they head to the island to nest.

Recreational Courses in Antigua and Barbuda

Dive Centers in Antigua and Barbuda

Getting to Antigua and Barbuda

There are direct flights from several destinations in the US, UK, Canada and some European countries.

Other important information 

  • Capital: St John’s
  • Official Language: English
  • Demonym: Antiguan and Barbudan
  • Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
  • Calling code: +1268
  • Driving Side: left
  • Population: 97,000
  • Pressure: PSI
  • First Stage: INT/Yoke

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