Snorkeling Around Basseterre

If your snorkeling style is to hire a boat and visit deeper waters, Basseterre may be just the place for you.  Although there are some options for snorkeling by the shore, most people have the greatest success at offshore reefs.

Basseterre's conditions lend itself to being your typical Caribbean Sea snorkeling destination.  Waters typically hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, though there are some days in the winter where temperatures dip into the mid-70s and you may consider the need for a wet suit to keep you warm.  Additionally, visibility usually ranges between 40 and 100 feet below the surface, so even at those deep water sites you should be able to see quite a lot.

You'll typically have the best luck snorkeling here if you sign up for a snorkeling tour, or hire a sailing charter that will take you to the deep water reefs.  There, you'll encounter creole wrasse, barracudas, lobsters, and turtles along with many other species of reef fish.  If you feel more comfortable sticking to the local beaches, you can rent your gear from a local dive shop for around $10(USD).  Make sure to check with your hotel or rental property first because many include snorkeling equipment as part of your stay.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to seeing what's below the surface you might want to check out Pelican Cove. The underwater world off the coast of this tiny island is impressive, filled with colorful corals, schools upon schools of tropical fish, and stingrays as well. This snorkeling site is located in eastern Basseterre.

Frigate Bay South is another option. A beach of soft sand leads out to calm Caribbean waters that are great for snorkeling thanks to a narrow reef that an abundance of sea life call home. Here, you can expect to see eels, lobsters, and turtles in addition to the colorful reef fish.

A third site to consider is White House Bay. This pebble beach leads out to sheltered waters that are great for snorkeling. Jagged coral reef is where sea life makes their home and you'll see brightly colored fish darting in and out of the nooks and crannies looking for food to nibble on.

A fourth place to go snorkeling is Turtle Bay. Though it is on the Atlantic side of the island and the waves can be rough, if you make sure to pay close attention to water conditions, this beach can be great for snorkeling. You can swim out to the reef from the beach and glimpse colorful coral and fish -- though seaweed can get in the way at times. If you're interested, you'll find this site situated easily reached by taxi East-Southeast of central Basseterre.

Check this table for a summary list of 5 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Basseterre
Site Location
Pelican Cove 1.4 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Basseterre
Frigate Bay South Frigate Bay, 2.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Basseterre
Frigate Bay North Frigate Bay, 2.6 mi. East of Central Basseterre
Turtle Bay 4.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Basseterre
White House Bay 5.1 mi. Southeast of Central Basseterre

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Speedy 4 Charters

Some people believe the best snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to contact Blue Water Safaris. Blue Water Safaris offers several different tours that are tailored to what you are looking for. Their tours include half and full day catamaran tours, kayak tours, snorkeling excursions, sunset sails, and the Sail 'n' Spice evening trips.

Another option to investigate is Speedy 4 Charters. Go on one of the best fishing or snorkeling experiences with Captain Glen Guishard at Speedy 4 Charters. With over 25 years of experience, certification in advanced open water diving, and extensive knowledge of the waters around St. Kitts, Captain Guishard is the perfect guide for your next water adventure. They're located in the heart of Basseterre.

A third option is Leeward Islands Charters. The fleet at Leeward Islands Charters consists of three sailing catamarans: the 78' Spirit of St. Kitts, 67' Eagle, and 47' Caona. They offer sail and snorkel trips, half and full day tours, sunset cruises, sunset snorkeling excursions, and moonlight and bonfire beach cruises.

Be sure to look at the table just below for details on boat trip providers that provide snorkeling opportunities.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Basseterre
Name Phone Location
Blue Water Safaris (869) 466-4933 Downtown Basseterre
Leeward Islands Charters (869) 465-7474 Downtown Basseterre
Speedy 4 Charters (869) 466-1472 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown Basseterre

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for someone offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with Dive St. Kitts. They offer several snorkeling trips that all include your gear, guide, snacks, and drinks. The Power Boat Half Day Snorkel Trip heads to the south east peninsula where you'll visit Nags Head and Nevis. They are found within eastern Basseterre.

A second company worth knowing about is Pro-Divers. The only five star PADI dive resort on the island, this center also offers snorkeling courses and rents out gear for those who may not want to get into diving just yet.

A third option is Kenneth's Dive Centre. Custom boats, a friendly crew, and knowledge of all of the best snorkeling sites around, this tour operator will make sure you get in touch with the beauty of the island's underwater world. They're found within downtown Basseterre.

Some key facts regarding 5 firms that offer snorkeling services are listed down below.

Snorkeling Services In Basseterre
Name Type Phone Location
Dive St. Kitts Snorkeling Tour Operator (869) 465-1189 1.5 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Basseterre
Kenneth's Dive Centre Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (869) 465-2670 Downtown Basseterre
Kittitian Taxi Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (869) 762-8994 Downtown Basseterre
Pro-Divers Snorkeling Tour Operator (869) 466-1358 Central Basseterre
St. Kitts Snorkeling Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (780) 628-2344 Downtown Basseterre

For more information concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our extensive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Even if you may have to a little planning in advance to see some of Basseterre's best underwater sites, once you've made it to the peaceful blue underwater world that surrounds the island of St. Kitts you'll know your time making it happen was well worth it.  


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