“Even the beaches are glossy on small, coralline Anguilla…Offshore, a limestone ridge attracts small tropical ﬁsh and novice snorkelers.”— New York Times
Anguilla has a number of calm bays and beaches perfect for snorkeling. Blue Tangs and parrot fish dart among the sea fans, and sea turtles glide between rock formations. Crocus Bay, Shoal Bay East, Junk’s Hole, Sandy Island, Prickly Pear and Little Bay are some of the most popular spots for this activity. Anguilla is an excellent spot for novice skin divers and snorkeling equipment is usually available at your hotel or with operators at prime locations.
The most interesting pelagic experiences in Anguilla are for the scuba diver. The island is home to seven marine parks including Dog Island, Prickly Pear, Seal Island Reef System, Little Bay, Sandy Island, Shoal Bay Harbour Reef System, and Stoney Bay Marine Park. Offerings include wall dives, ledge dives, nine wreck dives, both new and historical.
Stoney Bay Marine Park is Anguilla’s ﬁrst underwater heritage site. The El Buen Consejo sunk off the southeast coast of Anguilla on July 8th, 1772 on its way to the New World. The ship was part of a convoy thought to be traveling to Mexico to convert the inhabitants. She carried Franciscan priests, general provisions and livestock, plus thousands of devotional medals. There were no casualties, all passengers made it to shore.
Underwater archeologists have logged the artifacts and interested divers can still see the ships’ cannons, anchors and devotional medals now embedded in the coral on the ocean floor. Dive tours are on a limited basis.
Other dives of particular interest include the night dive at Little Bay with excellent macrophoto potential. The Steps at Scrub Island offers dramatic underwater rock formations including huge boulders and a dramatic ﬁve-foot arch — also excellent for underwater photography. A number of big wreck dives, which are teeming with fish are also available.
P.A.D.I. certification is available on the island at Shoal Bay Scuba, as are children’s lessons, beginner courses and continuing education.
Anguilla Dive Operators
Special ‘D’ Diving & Charters
1 (264) 235-8438
Shoal Bay Scuba
1 (264) 235-1482
Little Bay is one of Anguilla’s most popular spots for snorkeling. An excellent stop on your day cruise, both above and below the water.