Antigua?

Discussion in 'Greater Caribbean and Bermuda' started by robbcayman, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. robbcayman

    robbcayman Surface Interval Member

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    My fiance and I are looking at Antigua along with a million other place for our honeymoon. We have several months before we go but we want an all inclusive with a romantic feel and good diving. We are looking at Antigua through Sandals Resort. Has anyone ever got to dive Antigua? If so what did you think? Thanks
     
  2. Sean C

    Sean C Nassau Grouper

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    My wife and I got our certification in Antigua (Sandals). Generally speaking the resort was very nice and the dive staff and boat were good. But, the diving was not interesting, not much to see in the way of marine life and there were no interesting reefs or wrecks that we saw. The main town is not overly interesting either. Perhaps a better Sandals location would be St. Lucia or the Bahamas.

    Sean
     
  3. robbcayman

    robbcayman Surface Interval Member

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    Thanks Sean. I will take your advice!!
     
  4. MaraGirl

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    As far as Antigua goes, I think that the better diving is the south-east coast - that's the English Harbour area - it's mini-walls, good coral health, plenty of fish etc.. Sandals is on the other side of the island and on that side, it's shallow and sandy and limited reef. The Sandals in St.Lucia is considered much nicer than the one here in Antigua - and I have not heard any complaints about the diving there either.
     
  5. Sean C

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    MaraGirl, sorry if my views were overly harsh, not my intention. I just wanted to be clear on what the original poster could expect from a diving trip with the Antigua Sandals Group. I am glad to hear that there is some good diving on the island.

    Cheers

    Sean
     
  6. Tim Ingersoll

    Tim Ingersoll Loggerhead Turtle

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    I did dive off the southeast coast of Antigua and would not consider it a dedicated dive destination. Sean C's assessment was right on. No offense, Just IMHO.
     
  7. DougY

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    I would agree.
    Antigua is a great place to go on holiday and do a couple of dives but in my opinion its not a place for a diving holiday.

    Doug
     
  8. robbcayman

    robbcayman Surface Interval Member

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    I have now officially ruled Antigua out.
     
  9. MaraGirl

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    I never claimed that Antigua is a diving destination - merely that English Harbour has better diving than the side of the island where Sandals is located. Besides, I thought you stayed at Curtain Bluff when you were here and as far as I know, they don't dive English Harbour. Who did you dive with ?
     
  10. MaraGirl

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    Sean - no offense taken - you are the not the first diver to make that particular assessment regarding diving the Sandals sites or rather that side of the island.
     
  11. Sean C

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    Cheers, if I ever find myself in Antigua again, perhaps you could show me some of the other great sites.
     
  12. Tim Ingersoll

    Tim Ingersoll Loggerhead Turtle

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    Sorry my bad. I dove with the resort op out of Curtain Bluff. Southwest side not English Harbour.
     
  13. MaraGirl

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    That's okay - and in all fairness, it's hard for me to be totally objective since I live here, though I try. With the confluence of hotels on the south-west and north-west coasts, most divers end up diving Cades and that area and come away thinking that, that is all that there is to Antiguan diving. Hence my crusade !!
    Now, to go OT - I see that your location is Rochester -does that mean that you are BILLS fan ?
     
  14. Tim Ingersoll

    Tim Ingersoll Loggerhead Turtle

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    You better believe it! We'll see if a rookie quarterback can learn on the job!
     
  15. SDNetGeek

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    Been to Sandals Antigua and Sandals Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Was UNimpressed with S. Antigua, liked S. Ocho Rios very much and saw S. Dunns River Falls, looked even nicer.

    Where in Rochester? I'm 24 yrs removed from Brighton - Go Barons!
     
  16. Tim Ingersoll

    Tim Ingersoll Loggerhead Turtle

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    We live just south of Rochester in Avon.
     
  17. rpodos

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    Hmmm... it looks like I have to be in Antigua in October; MaraGirl, or anybody else, what is really worthwhile diving there? Not the regular tourist dives, hopefully something a bit out of the ordinary. Any big life? Are there any local dive gurus? Any fishermen who maybe could take me someplace unusual? I actually got certified there years and years ago, but even then I don;t remember the diving be all that fantastic.
     
  18. Kevin4diving

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    To quote "Undercurrent Chapsbook", beautiful beachesand scenery, high-dollar hotels, and forgettable diving.
     

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