is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean,
roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands
of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis,
St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.
Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands, and is about
14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles.
Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern
corner of the island.
Antigua is almost completely surrounded by well-preserved coral
reefs, walls, and shipwrecks. The southern and eastern coasts of
Antigua is surrounded by shelfs, providing excellent conditions
for spectacular shallow diving and snorkeling. There is little or
no current in most places, the water is warm and clear, and tropical
marine plants and animals are diverse and plentiful.
Snorkeling is possible at some of the islands' most beautiful beaches;
one of Antigua's best-known offshore sites, Cades Reef, is 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. Antigua's dive facilities are excellent. The southern
and eastern coasts are considered to offer the most consistent diving;
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 130+ feet; distances from shore to site are
in some cases no more than five minutes and at most 40 minutes away.
Climate 75 - 85F 24 - 29C
Water Temp Average 80 F (25 C)
U/W Visibility 50 to 140 ft 15 - 42 m
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