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 experiencing what's down below you might enjoy visiting 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 found 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 location 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 location where you can 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 want to experience it for yourself, you'll find this site located easily reached by taxi East-Southeast of central Basseterre.

The following chart enables you to learn some key facts regarding 5 of the most popular places where you can enjoy 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 most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're ready to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to contact Blue Water Safaris. Sign up for one of Blue Water Safaris' legendary tours, and you can experience St. Kitts by sailing around the perimeter on one of their catamarans.

Another option worth investigating is Speedy 4 Charters. Excursions aboard the 32-foot Speedy 4 will lead you to you a 'water'-ful experience, whether it be fishing, snorkeling, or sight seeing. With Captain Guishard, you can can choose from six different snorkeling sites or you can go deep sea fishing at the best spots! They're located within the heart of Basseterre.

A third option is Leeward Islands Charters. With a dedicated team of professionals whose personal goal is to ensure your satisfaction, you are sure to have a memorable experience with Leeward Islands Charters.

Some details regarding boat operators that provide snorkeling opportunities are provided in the following table.

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 a place that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with Dive St. Kitts. After just a short boat ride, this dive center can show you what the underwater world of the island is made of -- beautiful coral reef systems and amazing sea life. In addition to diving, which is their specialty, you can snorkel with them as well. They are located in eastern Basseterre.

Another place worth knowing about is Pro-Divers. If you're interested in learning the ins and outs of snorkeling, they offer a PADI Skin Diver Course that covers the basics and beyond. You can also rent your mask, fins, and snorkel at a daily or weekly rate.

A third option is St. Kitts Snorkeling Tours. Part snorkeling boat, part fishing boat, part party boat, this tour operator offers visitors a great way to spend some time out on the water, both above and below the surface. They're found in downtown Basseterre.

Glance through the following chart to see 5 firms that offer snorkeling related services.

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

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read our detailed discussion of 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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