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.
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.
The dive shops worth looking into are displayed here:
|Kenneth's Dive Centre||(869) 465-2670||Downtown Basseterre|
|(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 St. Kitts||(869) 465-1189||1.5 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Basseterre|
|Pro-Divers||(869) 466-1358||Downtown Basseterre|
Take some time to look through the table below for information concerning the typical cost of dive services in this area.
|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|
Details concerning some of the area's better-known dive sites can be seen in this table:
|--||Open Water / CMAS *||80.0||17.246573036||-62.6941680908|
|Good||Open Water / CMAS *||80.0||17.2701793295||-62.7157974243|
|Very Good||All Divers||50.0||17.2472288072||-62.6642990112|
|--||Open Water / CMAS *||70.0||17.2711628595||-62.6890182495|
|Very Good||Advanced Open Water / CMAS **||130.0||17.2701793295||-62.7415466309|
|Very Good||All Divers||70.0||17.2609994633||-62.681465128|
|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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