The Caribbean Explorer II accommodates 18 passengers in 9 staterooms. She offers 5 spectacular dives per day, including night dives. Explore the crystal clear waters of the Northeastern Caribbean
What To Expect On a Diamond Rock liveaboard
Liveaboard diving to Diamond Rock is a great way to experience this special area. As you approach this site from your Saba & St. Kitts liveaboard moving away from the island of Saba at Torren's Point, you will notice the pinnacle protruding from the water up above to about 60 ft. This rock is often surrounded with choppy waters that crash against the rock's surface. This exhilarating site from the surface is mostly calm underwater and seems like an extension of the island itself formed by volcanic activity. Two parts of the rock emerge from the surface and one mound reaching its top under the water.
These three rocks underwater drop down to a sandy bottom only as deep as 80ft so this dive can be enjoyed by divers at all abilities and experiences on a Diamond Rock liveaboard, so long as the beginners do not go as far as the sandy bottom. This site gets its name from the top of the rock looking like a diamond as you reach the surface of the water. The rock's top is covered in guano and diamond-shaped it shines in the light of the Caribbean sun. As you make your dive around this half underwater mountain you will see the dark rock guiding you up to the surface. This site can be dived as a graduated dive on dive computers or as a multi-level dive. The waters here at this Caribbean gem are crystal clear. Divers can expect to do up to 5 divers per day, including night dives on their Diamond Rock liveaboard.
What You Can See at Diamond Rock
The life you will come across on this shallow ocean pinnacle dive will not fail to impress. At all stages of the dive you have a menu of fish living in and around the great variety of corals here. This site offers you the opportunity to catch so many sights of a wide variety of sea life that many divers wish to dive Diamond Rock more than once and who would blame them with what's on offer.
You descend to the bottom with Diamond Rock in sight and expect to see it continue to the sandy bottom with a boulder around the back of the rock creating an interesting option to dive this site to take in the different life that inhabits these differing habitats. Starting at the sandy bottom expect to find Southern Stingrays buried and Flying Gurnards. When you look closely at the bottom of the rock you may even find the odd Yellow Frogfish. On the deeper edges and walls of the rock enjoy seeing the gorgonians and barrel sponges amongst the star and brain coral. There will be plenty of big fish spotted regularly here too: Nurse Sharks, big Barracuda and schools of Yellowfin Tuna. Keep an eye out whilst moving round the rock through the valley created by the 50 ft tall boulder for any turtles looking for algae to feast on and schools of Horse-eyed Jacks. As you move up to the next level of this dive find yourself swimming around the rock face walls encrusted with hard and soft corals, orange elephant ear sponges and anemone. Take a peak inside for a look at the brown-spotted shrimps. As you come up shallower around this rock the surface of the rock begins to change moving into yellow tube sponges and stinging coral.
Getting To Diamond Rock
Diamond Rock sits off the north west point of Saba. A Saba & St. Kitts liveaboard is the best way to see this dive site. These boats depart from St. Kitts or St. Maarten every Saturday. These islands can be reached both direct internationally and from the USA with WINair or Liat airlines. When you reach St. Kitts take a taxi to downtown Basseterre.
Diamond Rock Diving Reviews
Beautiful! Vis was excellent..Diving Diamond Rock in August on the Caribbean Explorer II