There are numerous reef formations with incredible assortments of fish at several of the finest dive sites in the world for scuba diving. There are several diving tours available, and the great dive shops you can find here can’t be beat! Both experienced and novice SCUBA divers will be amazed at the variety of dive sites, ranging from spectacular wall dives to relaxing drift dives.
Frogfish and seahorses are a common sight in the plankton-rich waters here. Diving off St. Vincent is for beginners and pros alike. St. Vincent’s coast is mountainous, with steeply shelving coasts, so that most dive anchorages are within 20 yards of the shore, in 20-30 feet deep waters.
A major attraction is the black coral, which is found fairly close to the surface, from around 30 feet; in most of the other nearby islands, it is much deeper, often from 160 feet. Black Coral, long treasured for distinctive jewelry is protected now, so don’t remove any of it. It’s a fascinating sight though, appearing in six different colors.
On the deeper “wall dives” the black coral grows in thick forests, in a variety of shapes and forms – whips, bush and fern can all be found.
Deep dives off St. Vincent reward the diver with outstanding walls literally covered with encrusting sponges, forests of coral in many colors and plenty of big lobster. Large schools of blackbar soldierfish congregate out in the open and part slowly, looking annoyed, to let some diver pass through.
Shallow dives are done among the giant boulders created back in St. Vincent’s volcanic past. Crowds of seargent majors guard their eggs until they hatch on the sides of these boulders. Tiny flame angels, the smallest of their species and a rare sight indeed, often hide on the sandy bottom between the big boulders.
In Mayreau, shallow drift dives are an effortless way to experience the bright colors of corals, sponges and abundant fish life. You can choose a shallow dive in a forest of sea fans and rods where trumpetfish and filefish disguise themselves between the branches.
Sting rays, eels, clusters of lobster and large angelfish are common there. A bit deeper you’ll find giant gorgonians and corals with small fish everywhere.
All diving is done via small, personal dive shops. No diver will have to deal with groups of 30-40 divers here. Usually boats take six or fewer divers and will pick up and return divers to a yacht. You will very likely be the only divers on the site for the day.
Instruction, certification and good quality rental gear is available at most of the world-class dive shops found throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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