Snorkeling Around Frigate Bay

Staying in Frigate Bay, it can be hard to resist spending some time in and on the water.  Don't miss out on a chance to truly get to appreciate this underwater world by planning to spend some time snorkeling during your getaway.

Water conditions in Frigate Bay are typical of most other islands in the Caribbean.  Visibility ranges from 40 to 100 feet below the surface of the sea and temperatures rarely dip below the mid-70s in degrees Fahrenheit.  There are a few weeks in the winter that donning a wet suit to keep warm is a must, but for the most part the waters are warm and pleasant. 

Within these waters, snorkelers will encounter several species of hard and soft corals, with many reef systems protecting the island.  These reefs are often two to three miles offshore, which means making plans for a boat trip will offer the most rewarding experiences.  Lobsters, eels, turtles, and the occasional nurse shark will be common sightings along with dozens of other species of colorful reef fish.

Snorkeling directly from the beach is possible in Frigate Bay, but the experience will rarely be as good as if you were to go out to deeper waters.  Signing up for a snorkeling tour with a dive shop or tour operator is the recommended course of action, but you can also plan for a day of sailing with stops at popular snorkeling stops as well.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to experiencing what's below the surface you might enjoy visiting Frigate Bay South. 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. This snorkeling site is situated in southern Frigate Bay.

Pelican Cove is another option. 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.

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 want to experience it for yourself, you'll find this site located a short distance away Southeast of central Frigate Bay.

Sandbank Bay is a fifth location to consider. This moon shaped beach is located on the Atlantic side of the island, so the undertow can be rough. The possibility of snorkeling here is not great, but if you can manage it, there is some beauty to be seen underwater.

The chart just below summarizes more details concerning 6 of the most popular places to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Frigate Bay
Site Location
Frigate Bay South 0.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Frigate Bay
Frigate Bay North 0.5 mi. East of Central Frigate Bay
Pelican Cove 1.0 mi. West of Central Frigate Bay
Turtle Bay 2.3 mi. Southeast of Central Frigate Bay
White House Bay 3.4 mi. Southeast of Central Frigate Bay
Sandbank Bay 4.3 mi. Southeast of Central Frigate Bay

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Speedy 4 Charters

For some people, the best snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're ready to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to check with 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!

Some information concerning the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling can be found in the following table.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Frigate Bay
Name Type Phone Location Island
Speedy 4 Charters Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (869) 466-1472 1.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central Frigate Bay St. Kitts

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out 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 Basseterre, a short distance away West of central Frigate Bay.

Another company that offers snorkeling related services 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.

A third place to consider is St. Kitts Snorkeling Tours. The Morning Star is their boat, and if you want to spend some time snorkeling, you can book a day on the boat. They will take you out to those sites only accessible by boat such as Shitten Bay and Whitehouse Bay. They're found within downtown Basseterre, a short distance away West of central Frigate Bay.

The table right below enables you to get some details about 3 places that offer services related to snorkeling.

Snorkeling Services Near Frigate Bay
Name Type Phone Location
Dive St. Kitts Snorkeling Tour Operator (869) 465-1189 1.0 mi. West of Central Frigate Bay
Kenneth's Dive Centre Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (869) 465-2670 Downtown Basseterre, 2.0 mi. West of Central Frigate Bay
St. Kitts Snorkeling Tours Snorkeling Tour Operator (780) 628-2344 Downtown Basseterre, 2.1 mi. West of Central Frigate Bay

For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

If you've been snorkeling before, you know that any chance you get to explore under the sea is one to take advantage of.  While you may need to do a little extra planning to make it happen when you stay in Frigate Bay, you won't be sorry that you did.  


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