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Antigua is a Diving and Snorkelling Paradise

Antigua is a Diving and Snorkelling Paradise

Antigua is known for its 365 beaches, or, as the locals like to say, “a different beach for every day of the year.” But it’s also increasingly known as a great spot for divers and snorkelers.

“Everyone knows Cozumel and the Cayman Islands, but scuba diving and snorkelling in Antigua is really first-class,” said Larry Basham, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Elite Island Resorts.


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Based at the famous St. James’s Club, an Elite Island Resort on Mamora Bay in Antigua, Mamora Bay Divers is Antigua’s premiere scuba diving outfit. Visitors can join the crew aboard their beautiful new 36-foot catamaran, which departs directly from the dock at St. James’s Club.

Divers and snorkellers can enjoy swimming with green sea turtles, eagle rays, tarpon and colourful fish of all sorts. Antigua also offers sloping reefs, pinnacles and coral-covered boulders.

“We have very clear water that’s nice and warm, and we have very good living, coral reefs,” Basham said. “At certain times of the year, early winter and spring, you can actually hear humpback whales. And, every once in a while, you can see one.”

Diving is a great activity in Antigua. Try an outing with Mamora Bay Divers.

Full dive shop and rental gear are both available on-site at Mamora Bay Divers, and they offer fabulous diving for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced.

Book your stay at St. James’s Club, then call or email them to reserve your scuba diving excursions. From certification to multi-day, multi-tank packages, they’ve got you covered.

St. James’s Club is set on a private, 100-acre peninsula with not just one but two white-sand beaches and a great Caribbean vibe. It’s one of the top resorts in the Caribbean, but you don’t have to stay at St. James’s Club to take advantage of the great diving.

All four Antigua properties in the Elite Island Resorts group offer transportation to Mamora Bay Divers. The same benefits will flow to guests at the new Hammock Cove Resort and Spa, which opens in December.

“We can transport folks from any of our hotels,” Basham said. “We have a brand new, awesome dive boat and there are great dive and snorkelling spots all around Antigua.”

Not a diver or a snorkeller? Every Elite Island Resort has kayaking, paddle-boarding, Hobie Cat sailing and a myriad of other activities and features, including sparkling swimming pools, remarkable beaches, top-rated spas, outstanding food and more.

With Elite Island Resorts, guests have the option of five all-inclusive stays that cater to every type of traveller.

Antigua is a Caribbean destination that checks all the boxes, Basham said. Whether you’re looking for a lively escape with friends, a quiet and romantic getaway or a fun-packed week with the family, you’ll find what you need.

As well as great water sports, the island has a rugged interior with a beautiful rainforest, where you can zipline through thick jungle canopies, hike to waterfalls and go off-roading.

Antigua also has interesting museums, beautiful art galleries and wonderful shopping, not to mention golf, sugar cane plantation tours and other activities.

For more information, visit www.MamoraBayDivers.com