Scuba Diving Near St. Kitts

In the waters surrounding St. Kitts and Nevis, explorers will find coral, colorful fish, and shipwrecks galore


In recent years, St. Kitts and Nevis have slowly begun to emerge as two of the hottest islands in the Caribbean for diving.


With so many sites still virtually unexplored, the waters surrounding these islands are a top choice for adventurous divers. Water visibility on St. Kitts and Nevis ranges from about 60 to 100 feet deep, allowing visitors excellent views of surrounding reefs, underwater caves, and sunken ships. The west coast offers an especially great climate for snorkeling due to the calm, clear waters.

Diving vs. Snorkeling

If you're thinking of exploring the underwater realms of St. Kitts and Nevis, it is important to weigh your options. There are many locations around the islands at which visitors can both snorkel and dive, but many more may only be available for one sport or the other. Because of this, learning the differences between the two will be helpful in deciding which sport you would like to participate in – or if you'd like to sign up to do both.

The biggest difference between the two is equiptment and cost. Snorkeling really only requires a mask, snorkel, and flippers - which many resorts provide for free or for a very small fee. Diving, on the other hand takes a bit more work. Scuba divers use an air tank worn to their back, and breath air from the tank as they delve deeper underwater. The use of an air tank during scuba diving requires training and certification. Luckily, most resorts offer what are called “resort scuba diving lessons” where they teach guests to dive in the safety of an on property pool. Once the guest has completed the class, they can get certification and do small dives. You can also take lessons through a dive shop, and sign up for dive trips with them.

There are two dive operators, some dive shops, and at least 13 different dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops worth looking into are displayed here:

Dive Shops Near St. Kitts
Name Phone Location
Kenneth's Dive Centre (869) 465-2670 Downtown Basseterre
Mike's Dive Shop (869) 465-7260 1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Heldens

Take a minute to read the following chart for a list of area dive operators.

Dive Operators Near St. Kitts
Name Phone Location
Dive St. Kitts (869) 465-1189 1.5 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Basseterre
Pro-Divers (869) 466-1358 Downtown Basseterre

Dive Services

Take some time to look through the table below for information concerning the typical cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 110.0 $ 150.0
Double Tank Dive $ 95.0 $ 110.0
Night Dive $ 75.0 $ 85.0
Open Water Certification $ 420.0 $ 450.0
Single Tank Dive $ 65.0 $ 80.0

Dive Sites

Details concerning some of the area's better-known dive sites can be seen in this table:

Dive Sites Near St. Kitts
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Black Coral Reef -- Open Water / CMAS * 80.0 17.246573036 -62.6941680908
Brimstone Shallows -- -- -- 17.2590322897 -62.7295303345
Coconut Tree Rocks Good Open Water / CMAS * 80.0 17.2701793295 -62.7157974243
Friar's Bay Reef Very Good All Divers 50.0 17.2472288072 -62.6642990112
Frigate Bay Reef -- Open Water / CMAS * 70.0 17.2711628595 -62.6890182495
Green Point Reef -- -- 80.0 17.2272267387 -62.6742553711
Nags Head -- -- 60.0 17.2095181775 -62.6598358154
Paradise Reef Excellent All Divers 100.0 17.3291818431 -62.8411102295
The Finger Reef Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 130.0 17.2701793295 -62.7415466309
Turtle Bar Reef -- All Divers 40.0 17.2134535638 -62.668762207
Wreck of the Corinthian Very Good All Divers 70.0 17.2609994633 -62.681465128
Wreck of the MV Talata -- All Divers 55.0 17.2793587385 -62.7422332764
Wreck of the River Taw Very Good All Divers 40.0 17.274354741 -62.7013778687

For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive Caribbean diving article.


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