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.
You'll find dive services dive services, some dive shops, and at least 13 interesting dive sites in the area.
The dive shops available are shown in the following table.
|Kenneth's Dive Centre||(869) 465-2670||Downtown Basseterre|
|(869) 465-7260||1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Heldens|
If you want to go diving, you might want to contact Dive St. Kitts. An underwater adventure awaits you, and there is no better scuba center to host your excursion than Dive St. Kitts. Their highly-trained team of dive professionals is available for daily guided dives as well as PADI training that helps to prepare new and experienced divers in all aspects of scuba. They are located in Basseterre, in central St. Kitts.
Another 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 call them at (869) 466-1358.
The following table provides you with a few details concerning diving services in the area.
|Dive St. Kitts||(869) 465-1189||1.5 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Basseterre|
|Pro-Divers||(869) 466-1358||Downtown Basseterre|
Glance through this table to learn more about 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 regarding some of the area's major dive sites are provided here:
|--||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 experienced divers and beginners, read this detailed Caribbean diving article.
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