Scuba Diving in St Vincent and the Grenadines
The islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines offer a choice of superior diving, snorkeling and many more adventures to discover the vibrant underwater world here. Diving in St Vincent and the Grenadines offers dives sites for all levels, including easy shallow reef dives, drift dives, wreck dives and cave dives. The waters here are filled with tropical marine life that include frogfish, seahorses, mollusks, lobsters, octopus, eagle rays, manta rays, and even nurse sharks, reef sharks and barracuda are part of the experience to be had. The underwater habitats are also varied and feature walls, rock formations, coral reefs, sandy slopes, and beds of sea grass.
If you’re ready to dive in, there are a number of professional dive centers on St Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Petit St Vincent and Union Island which provide all that is needed for the short boat ride to most dive sites. Discover Scuba in the Grenadines is also available for those who wish to learn the sport.
Top Dive Sites include St Vincent’s leeward coastline’s Bat Cave, where divers can view hundreds of bats, and wall dives at Anchor Reef and Layou Wall. Experienced divers will enjoy Capital Wrecks, the site of three shipwrecks. Off of Mayreau is Mayreau Gardens drift dive and Puruni, a wreck of a 1918 British gun ship located in 40 feet of water. Look for sharks at Mopion Reef off of Petit St Vincent. Bequia and Mustique both offer gently sloping reefs that are home to a variety of marine life.
And don’t miss the Tobago Cays! Accessible only by boat, it’s surrounded by a horseshoe reef with 57 coral species and tropical fish made for snorkeling. It’s also popular for diving.
Scuba Diving in Grenada and Carriacou
Grenada and Carriacou is a year-round twin island dive destination with over 50 dive sites and 20 wrecks with impressive marine bio-diversity. Many of the sites are within a short distance off the shore, enabling morning dives to be completed by lunchtime. Several dive operators in Grenada also offer the opportunity to become PADI Certified.
Wreck sites range in level from shallow water wrecks for beginners to the 600-foot-long Bianca C, which sank in the St. George’s harbor in 1961, for the advanced diver. Ideal for beginner divers is the World’ First Underwater Sculpture Park, featuring more than 100 sculptures that act as artificial reefs. It was named as one of the “25 Wonders of the World” by National Geographic Traveler.
Carriacou’s Magic Garden dive site is good for all levels of divers. Not only does it include a small boat wreck, the dive also ends in a rock garden with giant boulders where the volcanic activity gives the effect of champagne bubbles.
Not keen on diving? Don't worry - known as the “Isle of Reefs,” Carriacou’s shallow clear waters are also perfect for snorkeling!