Although sailing, fishing, and watersports are integral parts of the Anguillan culture, some water-borne playthings are not -- namely jet skis, which are not allowed on the island. Spear fishing is also not allowed on Anguilla.
Accelyn Conner's Premier Tour Service (tel. 264/497-0515 or cellphone 264/235-8931) offers a 1 1/2-hour bike tour that travels the scenic route overlooking the harbor and down to Shoal Bay with a professional cyclist as your guide. Helmets and bikes are provided. Tours start at your hotel ($60/couple).
Cruises & Boating
At Sandy Ground, Sandy Island Enterprises (tel. 264/476-6534), Shoal Bay Scuba (tel. 264/497-4101; www.shoalbayscuba.com), and Gotcha! Garfield's Sea Tours (tel. 264/235-7902; www.gotcha-garfields-sea-tours-anguilla.com) all arrange excursions and offer boat charters. Private charters run about $125 an hour; sunset cruises cost around $350.
Shoal Bay Scuba (tel. 264/497-4101; www.shoalbayscuba.com) offers offshore fishing charters in a fully equipped Panga Classic; rates are $125 an hour, four persons maximum. Your hotel can also arrange for a local fisherman to take you out; bareboating without a local captain is not allowed.
The 18-hole, par-72 Greg Norman-designed Temenos Golf Course, between Long and Rendezvous bays (tel. 264/498-5602; www.capjuluca.com), sits on a sprawling 111-hectare (274-acre) site that sputtered as a mega-resort but is now under the management of Cap Juluca. Bill Clinton has played here, and so can you, for green fees of around $225 per person during peak hours. Check with your hotel desk or the tourist office for the latest details on this development.
First-time and advanced riders can go horseback riding on the beach or "through the bush" with Seaside Stables, located at Paradise Drive (next to Paradise Cove in western Anguilla), Cove Bay (tel. 264/235-3667; www.seaside-stables-anguilla.com). Per-person rates for scheduled beach rides are $70 to $80; kids' half-hour pony rides to the beach are $35; moonlight rides are $90; rides including a swim on horseback are $90.
Sailing is the island's national sport, and local kids learn the ropes from a young age. The Anguilla Sailing Association (tel. 264/584-7245; www.sailanguilla.com) is the force behind the Anguilla Regatta in early May and offers sailing lessons for kids and adults at its Optimist Sailing School on Sandy Ground; four lessons cost from $100 to $125.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Most of the coastline is fringed by coral reefs, and the crystalline waters are rich in marine life, with coral gardens, brilliantly colored fish, caves, miniwalls, greenback turtles, and stingrays. Conditions for scuba diving and snorkeling are ideal (check out www.scuba.ai for some helpful information). Over the years, the government of Anguilla has artificially enlarged the existing reef system, a first for the Caribbean. Battered and outmoded ships, deliberately sunk in carefully designated places, act as nurseries for fish and lobster populations and provide new dive sites. At Stoney Ground Marine Park, off the northeast coast, you can explore the ruins of a Spanish galleon that sank in 1772. Offshore cays (Anguillita, Prickley Pear, Sandy Island, Dog Island) offer pristine conditions.
Shoal Bay Scuba (tel. 264/497-4101; www.shoalbayscuba.com) has a custom-built, state-of-the-art boat. A two-tank dive costs $90, plus $10 for equipment. They also provide snorkel trips, fishing charters, sunset cruises, and windsurfer rentals and lessons. At Sandy Ground, ask around for PADI-trained Doug Carty (tel. 264/235-8438 or 264/497-4567; www.dougcarty.com), who with his company Special D takes visitors on scuba excursions; a single tank dive costs from $50. At Meads Bay, Anguillian Divers (tel. 264/497-4750; www.anguilliandiver.com), is a one-stop dive shop that answers most diving needs. PADI instructors are on hand, with a two-tank dive costing $85, plus another $10 for equipment.
Most hotels provide snorkeling gear. Several places, such as long-established Skyline Beach Rentals (tel. 264/497-8644) at Shoal Bay, rent snorkeling gear, if your hotel doesn't provide it. The snorkeling's great off the beach at Shoal Bay, Maundays Bay, Barnes Bay, Little Bay, Road Bay, and Mead Bay beneath the rocks at the Malliouhana resort.
Most of the resorts have their own tennis courts. Malliouhana, Meads Bay (tel. 264/497-6111), has a pro shop and four championship Laykold tennis courts. All courts are lit for night games.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.