Scuba Diving in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
St Vincent & The Grenadines diving highlights
With warm, clear waters and a variety of dive sites, this exquisite island group offers conditions for every level of diver. With 32 unspoiled islands lined up along the South Caribbean waters, it is known as one of the best muck diving locations in the Caribbean. Don’t think its limited to just “muck diving lovers!” There’s plenty of other opportunities including wrecks, caves, and beautiful reef/wall dives.
Depending on where you go, St. Vincent and the Grenadines hold something for everyone. For our macro divers, check out “critter corner” dive site where you can find flying gurnards, frogfish, goldspotted eel, arrow shrimp, blenny/gobies, and so much more. For the braver folks, check out the “bat cave” which is a half-submerged cave with hundreds of bats throughout it. Feel like taking it easy? Try “Mustique’s” for a lazy drift dive covering some of the most beautiful, undamaged corals.
Read Randy Harwood’s account of his dive trip hunting critters in St Vincent.
- Water Temperatures: Water temperatures consistently in the 70s and 80s
- Visibility: Typically between 60 and 80 ft, but on outer reefs can reach distances of 100+ ft.
- Recommended Wetsuits: 3mm wetsuits are usually all you need.
- 1. The Bat Cave – A shallow rocky passageway cut through the reef that led into a cave chamber inside the cliff. This is one of the most challenging dives in St. Vincent
- 2. Anchor Reef – A spectacular wall dive with lovely coral reef formation. You can spot a variety of eels, squid and seahorses living amongst the gorgonians.
- 3. Layou Wall – An excellent wall dive that drops to 150ft.
- 4. Capital Wrecks – Three shipwrecks, best suited to experienced divers.
- 5. New Guinea Reef – An astounding variety and species of black coral.
- 6. Bequia – Hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, seahorses, pipefish and batfish.
- 7. Mustique – Sloping reefs and coral expanse with spotted drums and banded coral shrimp among other fascinating fish and critters.
- 8. Mayreau Gardens – Crinoids, garden eels and flamingo tongues can be found here. There is also Puruni the wreck of a 1918 British gunship that is lying in only 40 feet of water off Mayreau.
- 9. Tobago Cays – Home to green turtles and you will have an unforgettable time in the water with these wonderful creatures.
- 10. Mopion Reef – A good place to see sharks.
The international airport is currently under construction. In the meantime, visitors can fly into Canouan, St. Lucia, Barbados, or Saint Kitts and then take a same-day connection to E.T. Joshua Airport just outside Kingstown on St. Vincent.
There are a number of dive operators available in St Vincent and the Grenadines. St. Vincent also has a large assortment of resorts and hotels to choose from, and you can stay at any of them.
Diving is available year-round. July to December is the rainy season, with frequent rain showers.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities
Beach hopping and day treks are the majority of things to do topside. Various islands also hold historic sites and botanical gardens, but for the most part, just bring your snorkel gear and a book and prepare to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.
- Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
- Electricity: 220/240 volts
- Language: English is the official language
- Time Zone: UTC-4