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With the constant trade winds blowing in and many harbours to explore, the Antiguan coastline is ideal for yacht cruising and racing. You could easily pass a week investigating the expansive and winding coastline of this picturesque Caribbean island. There, you’ll find a tremendous wealth of secluded, powdery-soft beaches, with coral reefs so magnificent they’ve attracted snorkelers and scuba divers from around the world.
Antigua and Barbuda alike are almost completely surrounded by well-preserved coral reefs, walls, and shipwrecks. Surrounding shelves provide excellent conditions for shallow diving and snorkeling. These prime conditions include the limited current, water temperature averaging 80 F (25 C), underwater visibility ranging from 50 to 140 feet, and a diverse and abundant array of tropical marine plants and animals. So, go ahead; dive in.
For a consistent diving experience, the south and east coast of Antigua and Barbuda can’t be beat. A good place to start might be Cades Reef, one of Antigua's best-known offshore sites, now partly contained in a designated underwater park. Another popular destination is the wreck of the Andes, a three-masted merchant ship that sank in 1905 and now rests in less than thirty feet of water in – ironically enough – Deep Bay. For more advanced divers, the ledge of Sunken Rock on the south coast is a popular site. Dive depths generally range from 25 to 80 feet and can reach 180 feet; distances from shore to site are in some cases no more than five minutes and, at most, 40 minutes.
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