Garden Route is a popular stretch of the south-eastern coastline of South Africa. It is sand-witched between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains. It has a mild oceanic climate with mild to warm summers and mild to cool winters and considered second mildest climate after Hawaii according to the Guinness Book of Records.
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Snorkeling in Cade’s Reef, Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda
Cade’s Reef is located on the southwestern side of Antigua. It is one of Antigua’s most famous snorkeling dive site. The reef extends in 3.2 km/2 mi long, parallel to the southwest coast of Antigua, offering great reef fish and coral reef. Anyone who likes snorkeling, may have the opportunity to find a large variety of reef fish and colorful corals. The marine life includes sea fans, sponges, moray eels, sea turtles, sergeant majors, batfish, spadefish, barracuda, octupus, sea urchins and even the nurse shark. Because of the rich marine life, a park named ”Underwater Cade’s Reef Antigua Park” has been created in a specific area of Cade’s Reef.
The temperature of water is pretty stable all over the year, at about 25˚C/77˚F. The maximum depth is at 8 m/26 ft, while the average depth is at 5 m/16 ft. Water visibility ranges between 10 m/32 ft and 30 m/98 ft. This is very important for a snorkeler who wants to see clearly the bottom, where fish are hiding. Generally, the weather in Antigua is quite stable. However, in case of unpredictable weather conditions, there are many sheltered sites, especially on the west and the south, where snorkelers will be safe.
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