Liveaboard Diving in Nevis
What To Expect On A Nevis Liveaboard
Nevis is an island visited by our Saba/St. Kitts or St.Maarten liveaboard itineraries. It is situated 3km South of its counterpart St.Kitts. Fringed with black and white sandy beaches, Nevis is a conical volcanic island. Named the Sweet Island by the British when they first settled here, they used its sugar cane to trade. This area offers a tropical climate being temperate December to February and considerably hotter and wetter May to November. Currently, only one liveaboard operates trips to Nevis - the Caribbean Explorer II.
Nevis Island liveaboards will dive the area offering some beginner reef dives as well as more difficult reefs with swim-throughs and caves for the advanced divers. You are likely to come across many schools of fish residing over and around the reefs here and keep an eye out for the resident lobsters!
You will enjoy diving Nevis by liveaboard, exploring these beautiful coral reefs and lava tubes on the island. These underwater structures are unique to areas of volcanic activity and what an incredible way to enjoy them in the Caribbean climate with the backdrop of the volcanic islands.
Dive Sites Of Nevis
The Caves Southwest of this Caribbean island lays an abundance of life around coral grottos. A quiet dive site, these grottos offer swim-throughs at up to 40 ft. With great visibility, these coral tunnels and caves can be easily explored by divers of all abilities. Keep your eyes open for barracuda, lobster, turtles, and many schools of squirrelfish if you can spot them amongst the many other schools living on this reef.
Redonda Reef Be an explorer at this mainly unexplored reef South of the island. You will find lots of marine life on this reef living around a great variety of corals both hard and soft. Look out for your usual here: lobsters, turtles, and schools of various fish.
Champagne Garden An interesting dive site during your liveaboard cruise. Set upon an underwater sulfur vent you swim through the bubbles here amongst the warm water created from this volcanic rock feature. Here you will spot many tropical fish in the clear bubbling waters. This dive is a great dive for all ability levels.
Coral Garden This site with a maximum depth of 21m would suit the most advanced divers. A coral reef that attracts Atlantic spadefish as well as tropical fish and turtles amongst the large sea fans. This site is a spectacular reef dive to wet your diving appetite about 3km offshore of the volcanic island of Nevis.
Top Tips For Divers
These waters are so clear you may wish to remember your underwater camera to take some pictures of your trip home with you. Diving in these waters maybe 30 degrees celsius through the wet season so for most a 3mm shortie wetsuit would suffice. However, in the colder months, you may wish to dig out a full suit with the water temperature dropping to 22 degrees celsius at times. Very importantly you will probably need your suncream for the time you spend out of the water in the Caribbean sun between dives. Not to forget a raincoat in the rainier months (May - November) if you hope to visit the island during your stay.
Getting To Nevis
The best way to dive the Nevis area is as part of a Caribbean Explorer II Saba-St.Kitts liveaboard diving cruise. These 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. Transfers to/from the airport in St.Maarten or St.Kitts to your liveaboard vessel are usually included in the trip cost.
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