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Scuba diving in Antigua

If you and one of your teens are divers, you're in luck: Antigua is a top dive spot. Antigua has a good variety of scuba sites: shallow reefs, deep coral canyons, caves, and wrecks. Certification is required and these operators offer lessons for full certification or resort courses.

Good visibility (from 50 to over 100 feet) and little or no current at most sites provides good diving conditions. The water temperature averages about 80 degrees.

Some of Antigua's top scuba sites include:

•The Chimney: Located southwest of Antigua, this dive features a small cave at a depth of 60 feet, with sponge-filled gullies descending to 80 feet. Look for large parrot fish, lobsters, eels, and nurse sharks in the vicinity.

•Thunderhead: Just a short boat ride from the west coast hotels, this shallow site lies in 35 feet of water, making it popular with beginning divers. This wreck-strewn site features artifacts (medicine bottles and chamber pots have been found here) as well as hard corals.

•Sunken Rock: Advanced divers appreciate this deep site, with a maximum depth of over 120 feet. The dive begins at 40 feet in a coral canyon that descends a sandy ledge. Divers then proceed down a drop-off to the bottom of the ocean. Barracuda, amberjack, and rays are usually found here.

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