Sandy Island Snorkeling

The 9th most popular snorkel dive spot in Anguilla.

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Off the west coast of Anguilla and southeast of Prickly Pear Cays, the snorkeling at Sandy Island is renowned for clear waters. This very small desert island is barely above sea level and changes dramatically with the shifting sands from each storm. There is a small snack shack known for rum punches and numerous picnic tables. Just offshore, there are scatter coral heads in turquoise blue water.

The only way to reach Sandy Island is via the Happiness Sea Shuttle from pier/wharf at Sandy Ground Beach (2 mile, 10 minute ride). The shuttle boat charges $10USD (cash) per person roundtrip (reservations recommended), and starts running at 11am daily on the hour (November thru August).

To reach the snorkeling on Anguilla, you will need to fly into St Maarten and then take a small connecting plane to Anguilla via Anguilla Air Services. If small plane bother you, there is a regular ferry between the islands from Marigot ferry port on St Maarten to Blowing Point Ferry Terminal on Anguilla. In either case, a passport is required on arrival into the island even by ferry, and there is a $20 USD departure tax per person.

Overall, Sandy Island is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in Anguilla.


Local Contact(s):  Anguilla Tourism Board (264) 497-2759; Sandy Island Shuttle Boat (264) 476-6534 or (264) 497-6534

Recommended Book:  "The Ultimate Snorkeling Book" from Wes Burgess

Best Season:  Mar. - Jun.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Arawak Beach Inn; Millys Inn

Luxury Loding:  Cap Juluca; Meads Bay Beach Villas; Malliouhana Resort; Viceroy Hotel

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Sandy Island Snorkeling Review

GPS:  18.212587, -63.11933

Date Published:  11/15/2016

Date Updated:  12/14/2018

ID:  25045

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