The Overberg is a region of immense beauty and characterized by amazing and diverse landscapes. It forms part of the Western Cape as it stretches from the Hottentos-Holland Mountains in the north while in the southern, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean break on to sandy beaches and rocky headlands. The spot enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and cool wet winters.
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Scuba Diving in Shoal Bay Reef, Anguilla, Anguilla
Shoal Bay Reef is one of the most popular dive spot in Anguilla. The plateau is at about 5 m/16.4 ft below the sea level, with a dropping of 45˚. The max depth is at about 9 m/29.5 ft on the eastern side and about at 25.9 m/85 ft on the western side. The sandy bottom at the base of the reef is where you can find lots of kinds of marine life. Sting rays, eels, crayfish and lobsters are some of them. Divers who get the opportunity to dive at Shoal Bay Reef are intrigued to discover the hidden fish at reefs’ overhangs and holes.
The water temperature averages from 26˚C/78.8˚F to 28˚C/82.4˚F between winter and summer. The temperature is usually 1-2 degrees higher than the waters’. The underwater visibility is very good and it ranges from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft. You may try scuba diving all over the year as the weather conditions are ideal on the spot. The period lasting from August to December (hurricane period) may change your plans due to unpredictable weather forecast. Fortunately, rainfalls which are very common during this period are only temporary.
Shoal Bay Reef is a very interesting scuba diving spot for expert divers as for beginners too. If you wish to take some lessons, there are many experienced instructors available on the spot. They will definitely initiate you into the scuba diving world by giving you the appropriate tips.
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