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Scuba Diving in Antigua, Caribbean
Dive Site: Cades Reef
Location: South Antigua
Depth: 10 - 20 metres (30 - 65 feet)
Visibility: 30 metres (100 feet)
Cades Reef is a nice beginner site, but it can be fairly rough with high waves to enter from the boat. Many stingrays, nice fish life and 10m depth make it an enjoyable site.
Max Pucher, PADI Advanced Open Water
Cades Reef is a large sprawling reef on the southwest coast of Antigua. There are many dive sites to choose from here. Usually (with Jolly Dive) it's two tank diving with the deeper dive first, to 20-25m on the more offshore parts of the reef. Then a short surface interval follows and a 12-15m dive on the inner part of the reef. All the usual Caribbean suspects are out and about and it isn't only just for beginners as there is much to see and photograph. On one occasion we found two large nurse sharks, and on another the dive guide spotted a whale shark. The only problem we had after that were the remora which wanted to attach themselves to us!
Granted though, you do get a lot of new divers visiting esp. Americans with few dives. Usually they suck the 10 ltr tanks in 35mins so it's best if you can buddy with an experienced diver. Lastly, night dives can be arranged and turtles are often seen during the day & night.
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