Diving Holidays: Saint Kitts and Nevis

Chances are that you have not visited Saint Kitts and Nevis , a Caribbean  country of two islands. You may, however, want to add it to your “must visit” list of diving holiday destinations particularly if you are looking for experiences “off the beaten path”.

A view from St. Kitts towards Nevis
A view from St. Kitts towards Nevis.
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In winter you can expect water temperature around 25°C (78°F) and around 28°C (84°F) in summer.

The variety of marine life is large. You may come across sea turtles, yellowtail snappers, spiny lobsters and octopuses as well as barracudas or the occasional Caribbean reef shark.  Some 200 wrecks in the area are sure to pamper even the most demanding wreck divers.

There are several scuba outfits that can take you to the dive sites and, if you are a beginner, you can also take your first diving course on the islands to kick-start your diving career.

The location of the Federation of Saint Kitts ...
The location of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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India creates new opportunities for scuba diving

India has announced plans to open 7 islands for developing tourism at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands. This includes creating infrastructure that makes previously hard-to-reach scuba sites easier to reach.

English: One of the uninhabited islands of Lak...
One of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new infrastructure catering scuba diving and water sports options should be ready by 2016.

According to the Lieutenant Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, AK Singh, night landing facilities would be developed at Port Blair Airport already this year to allow international flights to stop over.

Beach resorts and water sports facilities will be build on three currently uninhabited Lakshadweep islands: Thinnakkara, Suheli Par and Cherium. The costs are estimated to be just under USD 100 million.

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Virtual Diving – Courtesy of Google

How would you like taking a peek underwater at your next diving holiday destination right now? Google Maps lets you do just that.

Most of us have used Google Maps and its Street View to explore the interesting locations: famous monuments, the city that we plan to visit, our childhood neighborhood.  Yes, Street View is the little “peg man” that you drop on the map and it opens up a panoramic view of the location.

Already back in 2012 Google announced that they have added the very first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps. The number of available underwater images have grown steadily ever since but, surprisingly few divers seem to be aware of that.

If you’d like to get started right a way, here is a link that takes you to Molokini Crater at Maui, Hawaii and another that takes you to see a turtle at Heron Island Resort at the Great Barrier Reef.

1885 Map of Maui
1885 Map of Maui (Photo credit: sjrankin)

To visit an underwater location of your choice, just open Google Maps and find the location on the map as you would any location ashore. You can then drag and drop the “peg man” onto the location if there are any images available.

There are regions where Google Maps seems to have managed to captured almost all major sites in their underwater imagery but in other areas, such as the Red Sea, there are hardly any.

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Curious seal helps in mask clearing

Here is a heartwarming video about a seal that is curious to learn more about how to clear the mask…

Apparently the video takes place in North Sea.

This video was uploaded to YouTube by Ben Burville. It would be interesting to know if  Ben himself appears on the video.  If you have the answer, please leave a comment.

This is not the only close encounter with a seal reported in Underwater Herald. Few months ago we wrote about the boy and the seal.

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