Underwater Terrain & Marine Life
The diving in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is relatively unknown, yet the islands’ reefs offer a diversity and density of life and underwater terrain found no place else in the Caribbean.
Untouched by hurricane winds or the fins of ten thousand novice divers, St. Vincent offers fields of pencil corals, brain corals the size of cars, star corals stacked one upon the next. Dense black coral forests and meadows of giant sea plumes welcome divers to explore. Reefs are healthy and alive, not dead algae-covered remnants as in the not so fortunate areas of the Caribbean.
White Seahorse – Bequia Among the corals, sponges of all colors, gorgonians and a profusion of Christmas tree and feather duster worms fill the gaps while schools of small chromis, creole wrasse or boga pass by in endless streams. Fascinating small creatures, such as frogfish, seahorses, flying gurnard, white-spotted octopus, unusual lobsters, shrimp and crabs are to be found everywhere, not a rarity as in other parts of the Caribbean.
A selection of wall dives, coral gardens, wrecks, pinnacles, muck dives and slopes, each with the creatures that survive in that particular habitat, make each dive site a unique experience. Bequia and St. Vincent share the exceptional healthy reefs.
Currents in the Southern Grenadines provide a different sytle of diving. Here divers drift swiftly over miles of hard corals and giant sea fans on reefs surrounding the Tobago Cays. Schools of creole wrasse, brown chromis and surgeonfish drift along the reef. Mayreau Gardens, a collection of drift dives, is a colorful alternative to diving in the Cays.
Each island is unique and offers its own style of diving, dive sites and operators. Most of the shops provide PADI and/or NAUI instruction, certification, check-out dives and resort courses for the new diver.
Experienced, well-traveled divers and underwater photographers rave over the treasures to be found in these islands and make St. Vincent their only Caribbean diving experience.
This page presents an introduction to SCUBA diving from Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Mustique, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent and Union Island.