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Rainbows of tropical fish await divers in the waters around Antigua and Barbuda. You can see barracuda sidling under docks, and plenty of rays in the shallows. Moray eels leer from rocky crevices, and batfish hide in the waving sea grass.

 

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Explore the Undersea World of

Cabo San Lucas

Famous first as a resort destination and second as a scuba destination, diving in Cabo San Lucas is easy enough for a true beginner yet offers challenges for even the most expert diver. Beginners will enjoy the protected rocky reefs of San Lucas Bay. Intermediate and advanced divers can head outwards toward the dramatic walls just offshore. These drop to unimaginable depths. Finally, current-heavy submerged pinnacles and deep wrecks located at the join between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean are reserved for the most advanced divers.

Most diving in Cabo San Lucas takes place with the aid of small speed boats. However, this tourist destination is a great shore diving location as well. Most of the bay can be accessed from land.

Experience the Undersea World

 On the southern end of the Central Pacific Coast, Cabo San Lucas is a traditional holiday destination with a growing scuba industry. Manta rays can be seen throughout the year, but during the winter months, divers also have the chance of spotting a whale shark or one of the thousands of humpbacks that breed and calve in the area.  warm waters and rocky reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish. Small coral formations, sea fans, barnacles and gorgonians dot the underwater landscape. 

Aside from the fascinating rocky reefs that are protected from heavy currents in the Sea of Cortez and off the coast of Los Cabos, most of the underwater landscapes consist of rocky islands mixed with underwater pinnacles. Some of the less protected islands, such as Revillagigedo Islands and Gordo Banks, are surrounded by raging currents that relegate these sites to advanced divers. Beginners should stick to the protected reefs on the east side of the peninsula.

Cabo San Lucas Dive Sites

Cabo San Lucas Dive Sites

The bay of Cabo San Lucas encompasses several unique dive sites. The Cabo San Lucas dive sites were protected in 1973 by the President of Mexico and declared the second underwater national marine park after Cozumel. Inside the park it is forbidden to fish, spearfish or collect anything in order to maintain a healthy marine environment. All of the Cabo San Lucas dive sites are within a quick 10 minute boat ride from the marina and the conditions inside the bay are usually calm with no or little currents and a calm surface.

Pelican Rock

The reef starts at 10 ft. on a sandy bottom and gradually slopes to 70 feet before it drops off a deep wall down to 500 feet. One of the famous “Sandfalls” is located at the top of the submarine canyon in about 90 feet of water. This calm protected site teeming with a wide variety of tropical fish and invertebrates and as a result it is some diving in Los Cabos. You may see large schools of snappers, sea bass, scorpion fish, porcupine and puffer fish. Moray eels and devil rays along with electric and cortez rays and many more call this site home. This dive site is perfect for divers of all levels, night dives and snorkelers alike.

Land’s End

Where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, creating great reef, pinnacle and wall dives. SAND FALLS OF LAND’S END
One of Cabo San Lucas’ premiere dive sites, Land’s End features unique sand falls off the cliffs where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. This dive site is unique because you dive in both the “Sea of Cortez” and the “Pacific Ocean” at the same time. Large schools of barracudas, tunas and baitfish make this an unforgettable dive. The flat rock inside the cove is home to a small colony of California sea lions which dive and play with the divers. The “Nürnberg” shipwreck sits at around 40 feet and was nearly completely covered for many years. Hurricane “Odile” uncovered most of it in 2014 and as a result the shipwreck can be explored by beginners and advanced divers alike. Large schools of cow-nose rays and devil rays (small mantas) can be seen during the summer months.

Neptune’s Finger

This dive sites consists of two coral reefs. A beautiful vertical wall and the biggest sandfall of the Cabo San Lucas Marine park. The top of the reef is only 15 feet deep and the vertical wall drops down to more than 500 feet. Turtles, groupers, machetes, goatfish and a lot of other tropical fish have made this reef their home. Neptune’s Finger is also a good place to see big fish like manta rays, schooling devil rays, yellowtails and amber jacks. Even Mola Molas (sunfish) have been seen here.

Middle Wall

The middle wall is a vertical drop-off from 75 – 500+ feet. The average depth for this dive is 100 feet. Diving next to the wall without seeing the bottom gives you a sensational feeling of freedom. The rocky cliff face continues to the west until it connects with the sandfalls at Pelican Rock. Enormous groupers and large schools of pigmy mantas as well as sharks and even whale sharks can be seen here.

North Wall

The North Wall is a great dive for beginners as well as for more experienced divers. The rock-covered slope goes from 15 to 70 feet and makes a great home for moray eels, puffer and porcupine fish. Flute fish, scorpionfish, spiny and slipper lobsters also call this place home. During the summer months even seahorses can be seen.

Dive Sites

CABO PULMO

With multiple dive sites Ccount on seeing schools of fishes, huge green moray eels, boxfish, octopus, ballonfish and sometimes when it’s season, humpackwhales and whalesharks. Located northeast of Cabo San Lucas on the Sea of Cortez, Cabo Pulmo National Park is home to one of only three coral reefs in western North America.

Cabo Pulmo National Park has been deemed the most successful marine park in the western hemisphere. Established in 1995 to protect one of only three coral reefs on the west coast of North America, this national park is currently home to 6,000 marine species. Continual coral growth projects ensure a steady rise in fish levels.

Both beginners and advanced divers are welcome. Beginners remain closer to shore while advanced divers will spend more time in the open ocean where drift dives are more prevalent. 

El Cantil is a large reef with sheer walls that drop beyond sight. Here marco-lovers will rejoice in the nooks and crannies where all manner of nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs await. This area requires more than one dive to explore fully.

El Bajo is an amazing reef at advanced depths. In addition to fish of all shapes and sizes, this is where divers occasionally report Whale Sharks, Mobulas and Humpback Whales.

GORDO BANKS

The most specialized dive site is “Gordo Banks”. Our dive shop is also very successful in finding schooling hammerhead sharks. Sharks at Gordo Banks on a good day can be in their hundreds. Dive features a seamount with a submerged plateau where you’ll find scalloped hammerheads, groupers, mackerels and a variety of rays. 

Gordo Banks is located 8-10 miles off-shore from San Jose del Cabo. There are different seamounts, while the top of one is approximately 120 feet, the other is at 180 feet.

This is a unique location where the hammerhead sharks gather in large numbers, but please be aware that the sightings are not guaranteed. Schools of jacks, mackerels, tunas, snapper, groupers, eagle rays, cow-nose rays and mobula ray are also common visitors at this offshore reef. Silky sharks and whale shark may be seen with a bit of luck in the cooler month from April – June.

Due to the advanced conditions at Gordo Banks there is no time to adjust weights, gear etc. at the surface, this needs to be done prior to this dive. Please also note that this a hit or miss dive. The dive conditions at Gordo Banks can be quite challenging, due to the depth, strong currents, visibility and heavy seas. Therefore we require all divers (with less than 100 logged dives) to do a local 2 tank dive in the Cabo San Lucas marine park or at the Corridor prior to diving at Gordo Banks.

Dive Highlights

  • Land’s End  
  • Playa del Amor    
  • Playa Chileno
  • Playa Medando 
  • Playa Hotelera                   
  • Playa  del Divorico
  • Playa Solmar
  • Santa Maria Beach
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Cabo Pulmo
  • Gordo Banks
  • Corridor
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Dive Highlights

  • Land’s End  
  • Playa del Amor    
  • Playa Chileno
  • Playa Medando 
  • Playa Hotelera                   
  • Playa  del Divorico
  • Playa Solmar
  • Santa Maria Beach 
  • Cabo San Lucas
  • Cabo Pulmo
  • Gordo Banks
  • Corridor                                                                                                                                                                                         

Corridor Dive Sites

Corridor Dive Sites

Along the 18 mile tourist corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo there are 5 great dive sites. The topography of this sites are very different from the ones at the Cabo San Lucas Marine Park. The boat ride to the sites takes anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes from the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Schools of dolphins and jumping pigmy manta rays are often seen on the way to the dive sites. The Corridor dive sites are also less crowded than the ones in Cabo San Lucas so many people choose to dive here.

Whales Head

This shallow dive site starts in only 5 feet and ends in a sandy bottom at 50 feet. The coral growth is superb and is complemented with large numbers of tropical fish. This spot is also known to be home of a school of spotted eagle rays which are very relaxed and quite often get up close and surround the divers. In addition a wide range of marine life can also be found here including sea turtles, octopus and moray eels. It is sometimes possible to find large schools of pork fish and snappers on the sandy bottom next to the reef. Furthermore you can often enjoy the sound humpback whales singing underwater.

Gavilanes

Between “Santa Maria” and “Chileno” there is a small bay with a beautiful reef in the center. The top of this reef is in only 5-30 feet and covered in coral. This is probably the best coral reef in Los Cabos. Most noteworthy are the lobsters, angelfish, groupers, several types of rays, white tip reef sharks and much more. This dive is suitable for beginners and more advanced divers and one of our favorite Corridor dive sites.

Chileno Bay

This is a lively, protected reef that starts at 100 yards off the shore of “Chileno” beach and extends out into the bay for about a half of a mile or so. The reef ranges between 5 and 60 ft and is covered with sea fans. Sometimes we get to see mantas, large sea bass, sea turtles and nurse sharks. Invertebrates like Starfish, Flower Urchins and Hydroids are also common. It is also a very appealing site to the beginning diver or snorkeler. Here you will experience very shallow and calm waters making it accessible for a types of divers of snorkelers.

Santa Maria

SCHOOLING RAYS OF SANTA MARIA
To the east of Cabo San Lucas, Santa Maria is a shallow bay with healthy corals. Schooling rays pass through and you might spot a Banded Guitarfish. This site starts on the souther side of the protected Santa Maria bay in only 10 feet and gradually drops down to 45 feet. The shallow reef is teeming with marine life like Surgeon and angelfish, porcupinefish, pufferfish, groupers and hogfish. Also Snappers, moorish idols, nudibranches, flatworms and several species of rays have made this site their home. In general there is no current but sometimes divers feel the surge from the waves.

The Blow Hole

This spectacular site which got its name from a small blowhole in the cliffs nearby. Massive boulders and crevices form the reef of this spectacular and also exciting dive. Many types of rays, turtles, schools of jacks, puffer fish and groupers are common inhabitants here. There is also a small wall on the northern side which drops from 50 to 100+ feet. This dive is suitable for beginners and professionals.

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Activities & Adventures

Exploring Your Adventure Destination

Your Antigua & Barbuda vacation is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking an exciting couples’ excursion, such as zip-lining through the jungle or setting sail on an intimate catamaran cruise, to make the most out of your adventure destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

Antigua & Barbuda, blessed with the most beautiful beaches in the world. From beachcombing to swimming and sunbathing, Antigua & Barbuda beaches will not disappoint.

 

Swimming

Many of Antigua’s famed beaches rest inside the calm, protected waters on the Caribbean Sea. Half Moon Bay, voted one of the world’s ultimate beaches.

Sunbathing

The best-kept secret of the Caribbean is the smooth coastline edged with alternating pink and white sand beaches protected by barrier reefs on the island of Barbuda.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in Antigua & Barbuda. Romantic weddings on a white sand beach, rich sunsets and one of the most beautiful places in the world are the perfect backdrop for your  destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With bit of planning beforehand, Antigua & Barbuda is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and Antigua & Barbuda is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, Antigua & Barbuda has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the marine environment in Antigua & Barbuda. It is very easy to learn and a great way to have  fun and explore the Caribbean Sea.

Sea Kayaking

Your kayaking adventures begin with exploring and paddling in the beautiful bays around Antigua & Barbuda. Discover hidden coves and visit uninhabited islands.

Sailing

Sea breezes and the most beautiful beaches in the world. Antigua & Barbuda is the perfect exotic location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Surrounded almost completely by coral reefs, the waters of Antigua & Barbuda are every snorkelers dream. Warm waters and coral reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish. Small coral formations and sea fans paint the sea floor.

Scuba

A premier holiday destination with a great scuba industry and underwater adventures. Shallow depth great for beginners, deep dives with pelagics and fun drift dives to experience. There is an underwater experience for every level.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

Antigua & Barbuda are considered some of the best big game fishing destinations in the Caribbean. The coasts and shorelines of the Caribbean also have great inshore and shore fishing, guaranteeing an adventure for every fisherman.

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to Antigua & Barbuda is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

Antigua & Barbuda is a vibrant and exciting destination for golfers. There are two excellent eighteen hole courses. Basking in the Caribbean sunshine while partaking in this invigorating activity is a great way to create lasting memories.

Golf

Hosting two golf courses, the island of Antigua is a great destination for travelers looking to spend some time teeing off during their next Caribbean getaway. The sophisticated Cedar Valley Golf Course and the convenient Jolly Harbour Golf Course. 

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

The famous beaches of Antigua & Barbuda are perfect for your ride on horseback. Breathe in the sea breeze and experience the incredible sunsets.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails and forested areas. Hike through Antigua’s beautiful lush rainforest in Wallings.

Off Road

From rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through trails full of surprises and new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? When considering Antigua & Barbuda as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider Antigua & Barbuda for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Lifestyles from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Antigua & Barbuda has everything , affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right investment

Real Estate

Opportunites for real estate investment exist in Antigua & Barbuda. For a visiting entrepreneur there are condos, houses and swathes of private land that lie close to the attractive vistas that line the coastline.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments, and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of Antigua & Barbuda has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

Rich cultural heritage deeply routed in a mixture of African Heritage melded with the influence of Colonialism which together create a vibrant, spirited culture which remains strong until this day.

Culture

The celebration of Carnival. People from all different backgrounds come together on Antigua’s streets each July and August for a 10-day celebration of the 1834 emancipation from slavery.

Culture

Musical genres that include calypso, steel drum, and reggae. The oldest form of music on the island is calypso, which was started by slaves who weren’t allowed to speak to one another while working the field.

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Antigua & Barbuda are well known for their varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street vendors to exquisites culinary delights, paired with regional rum, beer and other exotic tropical drinks with international reputations.

Rum & More

Rum is the main alcoholic beverage on Antigua since the rum trade literally built the island. Antiguan rum is less sweet than other rums and Antigua Distillery Limited is the largest distillery on the island.

Beer

Brewed on the island and named from the old word for the Antiguan people, Wadadli is a light, sweet lager, perfect for drinking on a balmy Antiguan evening by the water. Wadadli is not widely available outside of the Caribbean.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resort

Antigua & Barbuda’s resorts are perennial favorites among globetrotters. With a variety of beach options, rich heritage, and fantastic food, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place that’s got more to offer within such easy reach of most travelers.

Resort

With her gorgeous beaches and upscale resorts, Antigua & Barbuda is the perfect vacation destination for those looking for relaxing fun in the sun. Soak in the sunshine, go for a rum tasting, spa treatment or fill your day with outdoor adventures.

Resort

If you’re looking for warmth, relaxation, and an amazing experience, look no further than Antigua & Barbuda. Numerous resorts have sprung up that cater to all tastes and budgets, from luxurious spas to golf-centered properties offering some of the best courses in North America.

Famous first as a resort destination and second as a scuba destination, diving in Antigua & Barbuda are easy enough for a true beginner yet offers challenges for even the most expert diver.

 

 

Beginners will enjoy the protected rocky reefs. Intermediate and advanced divers can head outwards toward the dramatic walls just offshore. These drop to unimaginable depths.

 

 

Next current-heavy submerged pinnacles and deep wrecks located at the Caribbean Sea are reserved for the most advanced divers.

 

 

Special Trips, Tours & Events: Antigua & Barbuda

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