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.
Island Dive Center
101 Marina Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Dive Shop, Jet Ski Rentals, Fishing Charters, Reef Snorkeling
Lessons leading to PADI certification are also available. Visit islanddivecenter.com or call Judy at Island Dive Center at 912.638.6590 for more information.
On the beach, under the gold umbrella, just a three-minute walk from Atlantus, Barry's Beach Service rents catamarans, sailboats, kayaks, boogie boards and windsurfing boards. Sailboat rides and lessons are also available. Visit oceanmotion.biz for more information.
You can get your rod and bait at St. Simons Bait and Tackle in the Pier Village and drop line at the pier or you can charter a boat for in shore or off shore fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Redfish, Sea Bass, Whiting, Flounder, Tarpon, Shark and King Mackerel. We highly recommend Captain Cheek at Coastal Georgia Charter Fishing, located at Golden Isles Marina, Captain Jay Childers with Jaybird Fishing Charters, Captain Scott Owens with Southeastern Angling, or Captain Richard Latham with St. Simons Island Fishing Charters as the best fishing guides in the Golden Isles.
Located on Jekyll Island and a twenty-minute ride from Atlantus. Ride the wave pool, cruise the slides or relax in the pool from May 10 to September 7. For more information call 912.635.2074 or click on summerwaves.com.