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St Kitts & Nevis

Lots of new, untouched diving sites . . .
Overview:

Vanessa Lafaye - turtleSt Kitts & Nevis, located in the Leeward Islands, is a federal two-island nation in the West Indies It is the smallest nation in the Americas in both area and population.  The smaller state of Nevis, lies about 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Saint Kitts, across a shallow channel called "The Narrows".  Here's the map.

There are loads of new, relatively untouched dive sites. More than 400 ships sank here between 1493 and 1825, but only a dozen or so have been identified to date. The western (Caribbean) side of the island is well protected and visibility off the shores is usually in the 60 - 100 foot range and most dive locations are within an easy boat trip from the shore.

The range of diving includes shallow inshore sites and offshore shoals, some stretching several miles. Between St. Kitts and Nevis is a true coral reef, which allows divers to see many different species of coral.  There is a good range of marine life and a good chance of seeing turtles on many sites and areas with overhangs often house nurse sharks.   On night dives, in particular, operators can almost guarantee you will see sleeping turtles.

What to see:
  • Black Coral Reef - for rare black coral. Ask the divemaster to point it out as it is difficult to recognize underwater.
  • River Taw - everybody that dives in St.Kitts dives "the Taw", a 144ft. freighter that went down in 1985, sat perfectly upright on the bottom until 1989 when Hurricane Hugo came through and broke the wreck into two parts.
  • M.V. Talata - this is an old freighter that found its demise due to a hurricane in 1983. It rests on a reef and is totally upright and facing east across the harbour. Schools of squirrelfish and yellow tail snapper patrol from bow to stern.
Need to know:
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age travelling from infected areas.
  • Regulators, pressure gauges, and BCs are readily available on the islands. The more exotic underwater props are generally unavailable for rental purposes, so divers are encouraged to bring along their own cameras, strobes, bottom timers, dive computers and gauges. Most dive operators are not equipped to accept credit cards. There is no chamber in St. Kitts or Nevis; however there are chambers nearby in Puerto Rico and St. Croix. [Source: www.geographia.com]
Useful stuff:
Language: English widely used
Currency: East Caribbean $
Time: GMT - 4
Climate: Tropical
Natural hazards: Hurricanes (July to October)
Diving season: 12 months
Water temperature: Jan to March - 24C/75F
June to October – 27C/80F
Hyperbaric chambers: Closest: Barbados

Caribbean - St Kitts & Nevis: Latest User Reviews

Wreck dive  Kenneth's Dive Center, Caribbean 5 Star Rating Added: 27th January 2013 by Ednosnaws
Dove recently with Vajeu as dive master. He was very informative before we went in, explaining that there was a wreck down below, and what to look for. I don't dive much, and couldn't remember how much weight to use. Lada, the assistant, weighted me perfectly. Once under the water,...
Diving St. Kitts  Kenneth's Dive Center, Caribbean 5 Star Rating Added: 15th July 2011 by AFeist
My two boys did their classroom and pool dives here in Dallas and their open water dives in St. Kitts. I chose Kenneth's Dive Center over many others because of a number of lengthy e-mail conversations I had with Wendy Crown. She was open, very friendly, and answered all my...
Overall Good!  Pro Divers - St Kitts and Nevis, St Kitts & Nevis 4 Star Rating Added: 15th December 2010 by jknd02
My dive buddy and I were in St Kitts the first week of November, 2010 and dove on two different occasions with Pro-Divers. We had overall a very good experience. Things on day one were a litte chaotic at first, but the dives largely made up for this. Our driver...
Amazing First Dive with Dive St Kitts!  Dive St. Kitts, Caribbean 5 Star Rating Added: 9th February 2010 by jchamberlin
We had a great experience with Dive St Kitts from start to finish. I am a beginner diver but really comfortable in/on the water. Mike was thorough & detailed throughout the entire process & is obviously an experienced instructor - safe, knowledgable, patient, & friendly. There are many new things...
Amazing Dive  Dive St. Kitts, Caribbean 5 Star Rating Added: 28th December 2009 by mljohnson73
We were on a cruise vacation and were fortunate enough to stop in St. Kitts. We usually book independently but booked with our cruise ship on this dive. We could not have been happier. Staff is knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Our dive briefing was informative and the dive plan was...
Highly Recommended!  Kenneth's Dive Center, Caribbean 5 Star Rating Added: 17th November 2009 by scotb
Utilized Kenneth as Pro Diver's was closed due to off season and was very glad we did. Kenneth was very personable. Dive briefings and boat briefings were very thorough. The Dive Master Vajai was both knowledgeable and helpful as was the crew. We dove nine times with them and would...
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