Take a Plunge in St. Vincent & the Grenadines

written by | Posted on December 4th, 2012

Travelers can take the plunge in St. Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) and scuba dive into the famous bat cave, try wreck diving, or photograph an amazing variety of marine creatures. They can experience the kind of underwater diving adventures found only at the world’s premier dive destinations.

SVG’s islands are a dream for scuba divers, whatever level of experience. From easy shallow reef dives to drift dives, wreck dives and even cave dives, in SVG, most dive sites are just a short boat ride away from the dive shops, whether on the main island of St. Vincent or at the dive centers located in the Grenadines. Many of the resort hotels in St. Vincent & the Grenadines offer scuba diving courses, as do the dive operators themselves.

Divers will be enthralled by the variety of marine creatures to see, including frogfish, seahorses, colorful mollusks, crustaceans, anemones, tunicates, nurse sharks, lobsters, octopus and squid. Visiting squadrons of eagle rays and manta rays are frequently sighted, and patrolling reef sharks and barracuda add an element of excitement.

The destination is known as the “Critter Capital of the Caribbean” because it has a variety of underwater habitats including walls, rock formations, coral reefs, sandy slopes and beds of sea grass—each attracting its own unique form of life.

Just a few of the dive sites in SVG:

• The Bat Cave is an exhilarating dive into an underwater fissure and is on the wish list of most visiting divers.

• Anchor Reef, voted one of the top 100 dive sites in the world, is a spectacular wall dive with swim-throughs and a lovely coral reef formation.

• Layou Wall is an excellent wall dive and a drift over the formations of Rock Fort.

• Capital Wrecks is the site of three shipwrecks all in recreational dive depths, but best suited for experienced divers.

• In Bequia, explore an array of gently sloping reefs with hawksbill turtles and eagle rays. The shallow waters are home to seahorses, pipefish and bat fish, amongst others.

• Mustique’s sloping reefs and coral expanse offer glimpses of shy spotted drums and banded coral shrimp, among other fascinating fish and critters.

• Mayreau Gardens is an expansive coral reef formation and a great drift dive. Crinoids, garden eels and flamingo tongues are common here. Also off Mayreau is Puruni, the wreck of a 1918 British gun ship that is lying in only 40 ft. of water, great for beginners as well as advanced wreck divers.

• The Tobago Cays are home to green turtles, as well as horseshoe reef surrounding and protecting four of the five Tobago Cays. This makes for great diving, whether on the protected and shallow inside, or along the deeper and more dramatic drop-off on the outside.

• Mopion Reef, just off Petit St. Vincent, can be a good place to see sharks. Nearby is Mopion, a picture-perfect desert island.

For more information, visit discoversvg.com.