Make the most of the Caribbean Sea by experiencing one of the many watersports offered in Antigua.
Swimming with Stingrays
Perched on Antigua’s south-eastern tip, the idyllic Half Moon Bay is located within five minutes of Freetown Village and is home to a wonderfully secluded white-sand beach. It spans the full length of the bay, meaning there’s plenty of quiet spots to be found – as well as a fringe of palm and mangrove trees for those seeking some respite from the sun. Don your snorkeling mask and explore the patches of coral beneath the surface of the turquoise waters, or wade through shallow rock pools in search of miniature crabs and shells. You’ll also find a small selection of nearby bars, restaurants and concession stands.
Beneath the surface of Antigua’s bright blue waters lies a sprawling underwater kingdom of spellbinding coral reefs, shipwrecks and hundreds of different marine life species. Needless to say, it makes for a rather mesmerising diving experience – even for those who have never before donned a pair of flippers. Thanks to Indigo Divers, a number of daily excursions are available to both novices and experienced divers. Setting off from the tranquil surroundings of Jolly Harbour, with pick-ups at some of the nearby hotels, you’ll be exposed to vibrant coloured reefs and fascinating marine life as you visit some of the area’s top diving sites. This includes locations such as Diver’s Paradise, Coral Alley and the popular Cades Reef, which forms part of a protected underwater park: a sheltered dive site rich in tropical fish and ideal for both beginners and experienced divers.
A number of courses are also available, ranging from one day courses featuring a theory class, pool session and boat dive, to two-day courses complete with a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification.