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 a couple of dive operators, a dive shop, and at least 13 different dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

A dive shop in this area is listed below.

Dive Shops Near St. Kitts
Name Type Phone Location Island
Kenneth's Dive Centre Dive Shop//12577 (869) 465-2670 Downtown Basseterre St. Kitts

If you're ready to take the plunge, you should consider Dive St. Kitts. Novice and advanced scuba diving training through PADI as well a specialty training like underwater photography are offered with knowledgeable instructors at Dive St. Kitts. They are situated in Basseterre, in central St. Kitts.

A second option is Pro-Divers. Thanks to their location so near the cruise port, Pro-Divers specializes in excursions for cruise ship passengers. They pick guests who from the ship and generally offer cheaper prices. You can reach them at (869) 466-1358.

A few details concerning the area's dive services can be seen here:

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

The chart directly below enables you to learn the approximate 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

Review the following table to see details concerning some of the area's better-known dive sites.

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

To learn more about diving, including tips and suggestions skilled divers as well as beginners, read this exhaustive guide to diving in the Caribbean.


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