So what exactly is our diving like here off the island of Nevis?
Our diving is diverse, with ledges, mini-walls, white holes teeming with fish, caves and drift diving in some area. Most reefs on the Atlantic side and offshore on the Caribbean side are pristine, with monster-sized sea fans and sponges growing over piles of lava rocks. Regularly visited reef and wreck sites are on the sheltered Caribbean side of the islands and in the cut (“The Narrows”) between Nevis and St. Kitts, but trips to the Atlantic where the mysterious white holes lie and large pelagic are encountered may be arranged when seas are calm.
St. Kitts offers the most dive sites, with wrecks and alternate sheltered areas on the Caribbean side when the seas are rough on the Atlantic side or in The Narrows. Nevis dive sites are more vulnerable to swells when the winds are high, even on its Caribbean side, but currents are usually light and sites are spectacular. Average visibility is 80 to 100 feet, with exceptional water clarity at the cut and offshore Caribbean and Atlantic reefs. Water temperature is 80-85 degrees year-round. Depths for scuba range from 30 to 90 feet, averaging 50 feet. Certification, referrals and resort course with PADI and NAUI instructors are offered. The average boat trip to a dive site takes 15 minutes.
Our dive boats would depart at dusk, 5:30 in the winter months and 6:00pm in summer months. This enables us to have the option of offering a choice of sites; sites that may still need sunlight to locate. Large turtles are often found sleeping under ledges and hiding in crevices at night. Phosphorescence, numerous lobster, cocooned parrot fish and the awe of night diving makes this a thrilling experience.
Our 1 tanker or single tank boat dive is offered in the afternoons. It is usual that some divers may only want to do one dive. This 2 hour guided excursion would take the diver on a shallower reef (20 to 40 feet) to extend the divers down time. Sites such as Bug’s Hole, Booby High Shoals and wrecks are often offered.
Our guided 2 tank boat dive departs daily at 9:00 taking certified divers to some of our favoured sites. The usual profile consists of a first dive from 50 to 70 feet and the second 25 to 50 feet. Deeper dives are offered depending on guest experience and weather conditions.