St. Simons Island Watersports
St. Simons’ plethora of water and related activities offers a natural selection to an astounding variety of activities beyond fishing, including beach-walking, bird-watching, canoeing, kayaking, surfing or wind-surfing, SCUBA diving and boating. Divers will find a wide range of SCUBA services available. Georgia’s murky waters clear to a beautiful crystal blue offshore. Gray’s Reef is an outstanding diving area as are many artificial reefs built around sunken ships.
While few think of Coastal Georgia when they think of scuba, visibility increases to 75 feet a few miles off shore. Wreck diving on the 441' Liberty Ship is greeted by angelfish, barracuda and loggerhead turtles. Gray's Reef, 17 miles off Sapelo Island, is one of only twelve National Marine Sanctuaries.
Coastal breezes off the shore make sailing and windsports a favorite pasttime for those who live the salt life. The gentle waves and relatively calm waters due to the gentle sloping topography of Georgia's barrier islands make stand-up paddleboarding a popular activity in the ocean waters just off the beaches near East Beach and the Coast Guard Station.