Diving

Anguilla boasts seven marine park;. sunken wrecks; a long barrier reef; walls, canyons, and hulking boulders; varied marine life, including greenback turtles and nurse sharks; and exceptionally clear water. All make for excellent diving. Prickly Pear Cay is a favorite spot. Stoney Bay Marine Park, off the northeast end, showcases the El Buen Consejo, a 960-ton Spanish galleon that sank in 1772. Divers love finding all 29 cannons. Other good dive sites include Grouper Bowl, with exceptional hard-coral formations; Ram's Head, with caves, chutes, and tunnels; and Upper Flats, where you are sure to see stingrays.

Dophin Discovery. Swim, hug, or dance with dolphins, or just learn about them and their habitat, at this new attraction located right across from the Blowing Point Ferry. Tours are offered four times a day, except Saturday. Be sure to investigate the different options that offer more or less contact with the dolphins. Kids must be at least eight years old and must swim with an adult. Blowing Point Beach, Blowing Point Village, n/a Anguilla. 264/497–7946; www.dolphindiscovery.com/anguilla. $179.

Shoal Bay Scuba and Watersports. This highly rated PADI dive center runs up to six dives a day (closed Sundays) from two locations: at Roy's at Sandy Ground, and in West End. Single-tank dives start at $80, two-tank dives at $100. There is a discount for multiday dives, and advanced courses are available. Snorkeling trips (1 pm) are $25. Numerous kids' programs include a scuba intro in a pool and PADI Jr. certification. The shop sells masks, snorkels, fins, T-shirts, hats, shorts, and SPF-50 water shirts. Private dives, snorkeling and sightseeing charters, private fishing charters, and sunset cruises are also offered. Sandy Ground Village, n/a Anguilla, AI 2640. 264/235–1482; www.shoalbayscuba.com.

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