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    Where to Scuba Dive On Nevis

(Both leave from Oualie Beach pier)

Islander Watersports, 869-662-7081 / 7082

Scuba Safaris, 869-469-9518,
cell 869-665-1516 / 662-8047
info@divenevis.com, run by Ellis Chaderton, offers multiple-day packages and NAUI/PADI certification courses.

Some of the Dives

(Dive Descriptions courtesy of Scuba Safaris)

These are brief descriptions of just a handful of the more favored dive sites.  Sites are chosen daily, based on visibility, water currents and wind direction.

The Thermal Vents

This reef begins at a shallow 35 feet and plunges to 95 feet.  The reef is covered with large "Black Coral" trees that stem from the side of the reef.  With overhangs and small canyons, this reef provides good hiding places for Spotted Drum, High Hats Arrow Crabs, and some of the largest Lobsters.  Divers can visit the hot vent where 100 F water fizzes from the bottom.

Coral Garden

This area begins at 50 feet and has extensive growth of tube sponges, sea fans, and anemones.  Packed with hard and soft corals, this area seems to continue forever.  This is home to schools of Atlantic Spadefish and large schools of Horse-Eyed Jacks that tend to love swimming between groups of divers. 

Monkey Shoal

This two square mile reef is located five minutes from shore.  The depth varies from a shallow depth of 40 feet to a depth of 100 feet.  Visibility here is usually 100 feet plus.  This is home to French and Gray Angelfish, Nurse Sharks, Reef Sharks (Black Tip), Glass-Eyed and Yellow Tailed Snappers and Much more.  There are also many types of coral, such as majestic stands of Pillar Coral, large Brain Coral and Elkhorn Coral.  A definite thumbs up for the novice, intermediate and advanced divers.

Nags Head This reef has a beginning depth of 15 feet and plummets to 75 feet.  Here large boulders are stacked on top of each other making great hiding places for crustaceans, crinoids and Parrot fish.  Eagle Rays cruise past divers in fighter jet formation.

Booby High Shoals

Named because of its close proximity to Booby Island and located in the "Narrows" between the Islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, this 40-foot dive is explosive with life.  This almost circular shaped reef is packed with lobster, French Grunts, Horse-Eyed Jacks, Southern Stingrays, and Hawksbill Turtles.  The deep ledges provide some protection from the northeast currents that sometimes sweep through here, these ledges provide homes for some of the larger Nurse Sharks (10-12 feet).


Wreck of the River Taw

A large freighter, 144 feet long, sunk in 50 feet of water in 1985.  This wreck is now divided into halves (thanks to "Hurricane Hugo" Sept 1989).  She is encrusted in coral and houses a large variety of fish, such as Squirrel Fish, Glass-Eyed Snappers, Angelfish, Rays and much more.

Devil's Cave

This 40-foot dive is located at the southern most point of Nevis.  Divers navigate through caverns and around overhangs that are riddled with marine life, such as Glassy Sweepers, Blue Tangs, Chubb, Nurse Sharks, Stingrays, lobster.  An occasional Black Tip Reef Shark may cruise by.

Fish Bowl

This 70-foot site has a sandy circular indentation in the coral bed; it makes a habitat for the illusive Flying Gurnard.  Here shoals and shoals of fish (Grey and Yellow Snapper, Angelfish, Grunt) swim among the divers.  This is also a place for viewing lobsters, which tend to align themselves along the cracks in the coral bed.

Turtle Bar

This site is located off the western coast of St. Kitts.  The depth is 20-55 feet.  An outcropping released by volcanic action makes great hiding places for endangered Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles.  Divers can navigate between these boulders searching for different crustaceans and Sea Horses.