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Country: Anguilla  Area: Carribean

Water Temp: 26 - 28°C (79 - 82°F)

Visibility: 20 - 40m (66 - 131 ft)

Depth Range: 6 - 27m (20 - 89 ft)

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Anguilla is one of Caribbean’s island treasures also worth exploring.

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Located east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, north of Saint Martin, this beautiful island is surrounded by white sand beaches and great views of the green-blue sea.

Climate

Anguilla has a tropical wet and dry climate. This means that the climate is quite humid, consistently registering above 70% humidity. Temperatures range between 18 degrees Celsius and 37 degrees Celsius over the course of the year, though they tend to average around 26 – 29 degrees Celsius.

Anguilla, Long Bay Village, Credit

The effect of the seasons on the weather sees August through December having higher rainfall than January through July, but temperature is largely unaffected.

Summer:

During the months of July and August, the Valley experiences the highest temperatures, reaching around 37 degrees Celsius in August and averaging around 29 degrees Celsius in July. 

Autumn:

September is the wettest month of the year for The Valley, with 4.6” of rainfall recorded, though the temperature doesn’t drop too low. If you can cope with warm rain, the Autumn is a great time to visit and avoid families on their school holidays and the more expensive flights.

Winter:

January experiences the lowest temperatures for The Valley, with the lowest recorded temperature being around 18 degrees Celsius. 

Spring:

March is the driest month of the year for the Valley with an average of 1.7” of rainfall recorded, with the smallest amount of rainfall and temperatures in the 20 degrees Celsius range.

 
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Boat Diving

Anguilla is a good location for divers with a number of good dive sites, abundant marine bio-diversity and a few historical wrecks to check out.

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A few key dive sites include;

OOSTERDIEP WRECK - This is a dive site northwest of Meads Bay, at approximately 75 ft below the sea level. The Oosterdiep was sunk on purpose after being found abandoned in 1990 on the shoal of the Road Bay Harbor. Now it is a protected marine park that serves as a home to rich underwater marine diversity such as turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, hog fish, snappers, lobsters and garden eels which can be found hiding under the sand. Also found here is a car wreck where moray eels can also be spotted.

DEVIL’S WALL - Found on the east side of Dog Island, the Devil’s Wall is one of Anguilla’s best reefs. Perfect for expert divers whose looking for quite a challenging spot. Other than the spectacular reef formations, marine animals such as turtles, sharks, stingrays and tarpons also give great attraction. Just make sure that weather conditions are good, as water currents tend to be too strong especially in the winter season, which can make it very difficult and dangerous to explore.

CATHY-H WRECK - This is just one of the perfect dive sites to explore, especially in the months of October or November when you’re in Anguilla. Cathy H (or Kathlee H to some divers) can be found near Crocus Bay, east of Sandy Island.  Turtles, Stingrays, Lobsters and Garden eels roam around this wreck. This partially intact wreck provides divers with great animal encounters.

COMMERCE WRECK - After being destroyed by hurricane Klaus in 1984, the Commerce now serves as an artificial reef and another favorite dive spot of the visitors of Anguilla. Up to know divers can still see different kinds of cargos on the flat deck even her propeller that is still intact. Seek gigantic lobsters at the side of the ship which the site is known for. You can even spot some Jew fish, Grouper, Stingrays, Hog fish and Snappers.

MEPPEL WRECK - You’ll definitely learn something about history, particularly during the World War II after visiting the Meppel Wreck. Sitting 80 feet below the Caribbean seas, this once was a battle ship and now an artificial reef under water provides one with a great diving experience. Now it’s able to attract various marine lives, such as Sharks, stingrays, Hog fish, Snappers, Lobsters and Trigger fish. 

SARAH WRECK - The Sarah Wreck is the largest wreck that Anguilla offers. It used to lie beneath Sandy Ground after being destroyed by hurricane Klaus in 1984. Now the 232 ft long and 37 ft wide wreck serves as an artificial reef that attracts Sharks, Stingrays, Hog fish, Snappers and Lobsters. Divers can even explore inside the wreck because of its hull’s large openings.

LADY VIE WRECK -  A wreck that was discovered 80 feet below the Caribbean waters in 2013. It was found that the Lady Vie sank in the late 80’s. Although still intact (with some of its cargos still inside), the Lady Vie is now serving as an artificial reef and another favorite diving site in Anguilla. This is a great area to spot Stingrays or search for Lobsters, too.

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How to Get there

Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) has developed by leaps and bounds to make it one of the busiest in the region, with an average of 1.6 million passengers passing through it yearly. Designed to handle some 2.5 million passengers annually, SXM Airport’s four-level, fully air-conditioned, and spacious modern terminal with approximately 20 duty-free retail outlets, 5 food & beverage outlets and 3 bars.

From there you can either take a 15 min ferry or 5 min flight to Anguilla.

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Where to Eat & Drink

Anguilla offers a unique mix of entertainement venues. There are no casinos, fe flashing lights, and it is fairly tourist trap free. Sandy Ground is where the barefoot and intoxicating action is, just about every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

There’s darts and great conversation at Ripples, Reggae and a light bite at The Pumphouse, everything from goat tacos to an outdoor movie theatre at Elvis’ Beach Bar, and a classic Jump-Up at Johnno’s. If you need to catch up,  Sammy’s rum punch is just the drink to do it. The Dune Preserve, Rendezous Bay is a long-time favourite spot. Check with your hotel or some of the locals to be sure of which nights it is open. The music and mood of this artistically crafted place makes you instantly feel like part of the cool crowd. And nearby at The Cove, Smokey’s offers musical entertainment on Saturdays and other evenings.

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Other Activities

Relaxing on quiet sandy beaches, great restaurants, Sailing, Kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, Bottom fishing, Deep sea fishing, Shallow Reefs for diving or snorkelling.

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Tips

All places on Anguilla will accept USD, there is a set rate of exchange to the official currency ECD.

Beach at Maundays Bay, Cap Juluca, Anguilla, Credit

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