“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.

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

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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.