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Our Favourite Dive Sites In Antigua

Some of the best dive sites in Antigua are just a short boat ride away from DiveCarib. Here you will find a list of some of our ‘house’ favourites and an idea of what the dive entails. We hope this list is useful to all prospective divers, and we highly recommend that you sign up for a dive trip to get the most out of the dive site if it is your first time diving i
PADI divemaster swimming over beautiful reef at Red Rocks dive site in Antigua

Red Rocks

Depth: 40-80ft

Conditions: Moderate

Experience Required: Open Water Diver +

Our favourite site. Always good visibility with hardly any current in all weather conditions, even if rough on the surface. A very rich growth of coral, sponges and whips on a gentle slope from 40-80ft before levelling off on a sandy floor. Many little gulleys with lots of fish, often nurse sharks, lobster and lion fish under rocky ledges. Stingrays and eel gardens in the sandy floor and resident school of Atlantic Spade fish. Regular sightings of remora and turtles.

Black’s Point

Depth: 20-35ft

Conditions: Calm in any weather

Experience Required: DSD, Snorkeler, Open Water Diver +

A very popular site with our divers mainly due to the abundance of fish and nice, sheltered and calm surface conditions. The site runs along the cliff with large boulders with coral growth and many ledges for fish and lobster to hide under. It has a nice, safe and fun swim through. Popular choice for our DSD dives and night divers as well as a second dive on two-tank dive trips.

Hundreds of glass fish swarming the area in an awesome swim-through at Black's Point dive site in Antigua
Scuba Diver hovering above a barrel sponge and other soft coral at Rendevoux Bay dive site in Antigua

Rendevoux Bay

Depth: 40-80ft

Conditions: Moderate

Experience Required: Open Water Diver +

Another really nice site with excellent underwater conditions even in choppy seas. Sharp drop from 40-80ft with lots of holes and ledges. Huge barrel sponges abound especially on the small islands of coral out in the sand. The coral is in excellent condition as it is very seldom visited by any other dive operations on the island. A massive turtle has been spotted on many occasions. Regular stingrays, lobster and octopus are all present.

Pillars of Hercules

Depth: 30-50ft

Conditions: Calm in any weather

Experience Required: DSD, Snorkelers, Open Water Diver +

One of the best known sites in Antigua and visited by all divers on the south side of the island. Popular due to the very calm location, abundance of sea life and stunning cliffs on the surface. Many big boulders covered in growth, an old anchor and interesting under-water topography. Might often encounter other divers sharing the site

Beautiful coral reef with sunlit water in the background at the famous Pillars of Hercules dive site in Antigua
Scuba diver swimming through clear blue water at the best snorkel site in Antigua, Windward Reef.

Windward Reef

Depth: 0-20ft

Conditions: Calm in any weather

Experience Required: DSD, Snorkeler, Open Water Diver +

Probably the best snorkeling location Antigua has to offer, and although close to shore, it is only accessible by boat. Suitable as a shallow dive for certified divers, DSD courses and especially snorkelers. Ideal for groups of divers who want to dive and bring snorkeling friends with. Very sheltered surface conditions in all but stormy weather. The coral comes up to a few feet from the surface.

Montserrat Wreck

Depth: 100-140ft

Conditions: Moderate

Experience Required: Advanced Divers Only

A nice, intact wreck sitting up-right on the sea floor, with easy penetration possible. Ideal for deep diver training, or experienced divers with deep dive experience. We will only take divers to this depth with the correct qualifications and once they have dived with us before.

The bow of the ship wreck Montserrat, 40m underwater in Antigua
More beautiful coral formations found at Carib House dive site in Antigua

Carib House

Depth: 40-80ft

Conditions: Moderate

Experience Required: Open Water Diver +

A nice easy dive close to the harbour mouth. Similar topography to Red Rocks, but dived a lot more by other dive operators. Diveable in rougher conditions than Red Rocks, but visibility may not be as good.

Proctor’s Point

Depth: 60ft

Conditions: Moderate

Experience Required: Open Water Diver +

Another dive site we really like due to its uniqueness compared to everything else. It is a huge atch of flat turtle grass at 60ft, surrounded by a small ledge of ledges and coral. Tons of lobster and a conch breeding ground are present. Stingrays, nurse sharks and turtles are often seen here. Not always suitable as the current can pick up, and visibility is unpredictable.

One of many lobsters found at Proctors Point. They love to hide under rocks like this one.
A school of fish swimming above clusters of stag-horn coral at Barracuda reef in Antigua

Barraccuda Reef

Depth: 40-60ft

Conditions: Only suitable in calm weather

Experience Required: Open Water Diver +

A small dive site, covering about the area of a football field, but extremely highly populated with many fish species. Lobster, turtles, nurse sharks, and fish fish fish! It is a flat area partially surrounded by a ledge from 40-60ft, full of holes, cracks and ledges. Unfortunately it s off a headland that is more often rough than calm, so not often diveable, but when it is, its great.

Sunken Rock

Depth: 20-100ft

Conditions: Only suitable in calm weather

Experience Required: Advanced Divers +

One of Antigua’s better known and popular deeper dives. It is a rock that almost breaks the surface. One side is a shallow rocky area with a lot of coral and fish. The outer side drops down and is a sheer wall to 100ft, with barrel sponges and deeper ocean coral running along a spectacular overhang. This ends in a steep sided gulley that brings you back to the shallows. It can be a very rough trip to the site and can be very surgy in the shallows in rough weather. Visibility can vary a lot according to the weather. In the right conditions however, definitily one of Antigua’s best dive sites. Did I mention the resident Black Tip Reef Sharks?

A large barrel sponge on a reef wall at Sunken Rock dive site in Antigua
Interesting coral formations found at Nanton's Point dive site in Antigua

Nanton’s Point

Depth: 40-80ft

Conditions: Only suitable in calm weather

Experience Required: Open Water Diver +

Close to Carpenters Rock, but in the lee of the cliffs. Massive boulders close to shore in depths around 40 ft, dropping off to around 80 feet. Divers with good air consumption can reach Carpenters rock from here, but for most, the best part of the dive will be your turn around point.

Shirley Heights

Depth: 80-100ft

Conditions: Only suitable in calm weather

Experience Required: Advanced Divers +

Best done in calm weather by experienced divers as a drift dive. The cliffs below Shirley Heights continues underwater ending in a lot of big boulders. Depths of 100ft can be reached within 50 ft of the shore. There is also a nice shallow, but wide cave often fill with tarpon. All divers need to be advanced with good air consumption for this dive. This is an area we will be exploring shortly at depths of 140ft and beyond as part of our expansion into Technical Diving.

A landscape photo from Shirley Heights of the yachts in season anchored out at Galleon beach in English Harbour.
Some of the extensive collections of coral at Carpenter's Rock in Antigua. This dive site has one of the richest collections of coral growth in the area.

Carpenter’s Rock

Depth: 40-80ft

Conditions: Only suitable in calm weather

Experience Required: Open Water Diver +

One of the richest sites for coral and marine life in Antigua. Truly an amazing site to dive when you can. There is no mooring and the anchorage is very tricky, with the boat sitting very close to the cliff. Strictly flat sea only. There is an underwater peninsular, 40ft on the shore side, 60ft on the deeper side and 15t on the top. It then drops off again to 80+ft. Really well preserved coral as it is so seldom dived.

Stingray Alley

Depth: 40-80ft

Conditions: Moderate

Experience Required: Open Water Diver +

Never actually seen a stingray here. But a nice option as a dive combined with Pillars. A small site with nice reef and varying depths in a V shaped valley wit the mooring at the point of the V. an be a bit rolly on the surface in rough conditions. A bit on the over dived side by other operators

Divers on their way to Stingray Alley on DiveCarib dive boat.
The helm of a ship wreck in Antigua know as the Sea Terror. It lies in very shallow water and is perfect for snorkelers.

Sea Terror Wreck

Depth: 0-20ft

Conditions: Calm in any weather

Experience Required: DSD, Snorkeler, Open Water Diver +

A very shallow wreck of a sailboat sitting inside English Harbour. Although very broken up, it is teeming with fish. An ideal spot for DSD lessons, snorkeling or a second shallow dive covering the area from the wreck to Pillars of Hercules. You can start the dive on the wreck, cover some turtle grass, pass the biggest anchor you’ve ever seen and end on a nice coral reef.t It can also be done in reverse. A bit of everything in a nice long shallow dive.

Stoney Cove

Depth: 40-60ft

Conditions: Moderate

Experience Required: Open Water Diver +

A very nice dive with big boulders, interesting ledges and sharp depth changes. Resident Black tips in the area. Sitting at the base of Shirley Heights Cliffs in a sheltered bay, but is often exposed to the swell, making it a calm weather only site.

Logo of DiveCarib on dive boat