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Snorkeling in Cade’s Reef, Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda

Maximum depth:
8m/26ft
Visibility:
10-30m/32-98ft
Average water temperature:
25˚C/77˚F
Antigua is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands. It is situated in the middle of this group, in Eastern Caribbean. There are 365 sugar-white sand beaches, one for each day of the year, according to the locals sayings.

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.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM St. John
14.7km/9miles, 16 minutes
St. John's, Antigua 1. Head southeast on Perry Bay Main Rd to Valley Rd 2. Take the second right onto Valley Rd Cades Reef
BY CAR FROM V.C. Bird International Airport
20.7km/12miles, 27 minutes
V C Bird International Airport 1. Head south-west on Burma Rd 2. Turn right to stay on Burma Rd 3. Turn left into Sir George Walter Hwy 4. Turn right onto Sir Sydney Walling Hwy 5. Continue to Factory Rd 6. Turn left into the American Road 7. Continue to Bendals Main Rd 8. Turn right at the Whenner Rd 9. Take the second left on Valley Rd 10. Turn left into the Valley Rd Cades Reef
BY AIR
V.C. Bird International Airport,
20.7km/12miles

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