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St Kitts Dive Sites

Auston has been diving in St Kitts for over 30 years and knows many dive sites.
Here are some of our most popular ones.

Depth 40ft (12m)

Sunk in 1981 in a hurricane, the RIVER TAW quickly became a popular stop for divers of all experience levels. This inter-island cargo ship lies on a flat, sandy bottom close to Fort Tyson. Octopus, stingrays and turtles have taken up residence in the many holes and passages. Lobsters and an abundance of fish life are an attraction. This is a great site for photographers.
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River Taw Wreck

Depth 40-60 ft (12-15m)

This is a terrific old freighter that found its demise due to a nasty hurricane in 1983. The Talata rests on a reef, is well broken up and sits in a long line. Part of the bows and the stern are still good, along with engine blocks and lots of steel plating. Speckled Morays are numerous and will pop up like "Whack-A-Moles" everywhere.
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Tallata Wreck

Depth 50-130ft (15-40m)

Brimstone Shallows is located approx two miles due west of the shoreline and boasts pristine corals both soft and hard. The mooring depth is approx 45 - 50ft and the wall descends to depths well over 130 feet. Schools of creole wrasse are common. Barracuda, turtles, lobsters and eels also reside here, and if you are lucky, the grey reef sharks will come out to play.
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Brimstone Shallows

Depth 60-130ft (18-40m)

Stretching out like a finger, this dive site just has the feel of excitement the moment you hit the water and look down. A ridge beckons from both sides as you swim along the top of the reef at about 60-70ft. Schools of creole wrasse, jacks and mackerel envelope you from the deep blue and what lies within.

Finger Reef

Depth 40-80ft (12-25m)

Coconut Tree Rocks is a typical reef dive for this area, with an abundance of small fish, such as grunts, snapper and small groupers. A common ground for barracuda and spotted moray as well as lobsters and rays. The corals are in good condition and are highlighted by the many sand grottos spread throughout the reef.

Watch video. Barrel Sponge

Depth 40-50ft(12-15m)

Friars Bay reef is a favorite dive for every diver. Located about a mile from the shoreline, it has become a popular site for many and will always provide a nice easy reef dive with plenty to see. Juvenile angelfish abound, as do big lobsters and spotted morays. Stingrays have found home in the sand along the edges of the reef and seem undisturbed by the curious diver.
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Moray Eel

Depth 50-80ft (15-30m)

The attractions here are the majestic black coral trees, which protrude from this mini wall. Creole wrasse and snapper frequent the wall's edge and lizardfish are always threatening to spoil the peacefulness by stalking the many grunt fish, which are common here. A very healthy reef that is full of surprises.

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Depth 40-70ft (12-20m)

Located approximately ¾ of a mile off Frigate Bay beach. Turtles, lobsters and eels call this home and in so doing have made this site particularly popular with newly certified and experienced alike. A very narrow reef which is almost custom-made for those who enjoy multi-level diving.
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Turtle

Depth 45-80ft (14-25m)

A reef structure, which is abundant with tube sponges, barrel sponges, large sea fans and black coral trees. Angelfish, small grouper and dogtooth snapper are to be seen. Lobsters are again ever present due to the many cracks and crevices that Green Point offers. The underwater architecture here is very volcanic with few hard corals.
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River Taw

Depth 30-40ft (10-12m)

Located in a bay on the southern part of St Kitts. The depth allows for long bottom times. Visibility can be variable, especially after rain. This reef is a maze of volcanic rock with schools of fish at every turn. Watch video.

Turtle Bar

Depth 30-60ft (10-12m)

Located on the southern most tip of the island of St Kitts. Nags Head is a battered rock formation, which has fallen into the ocean and formed a mini-wall, perfect for all kinds of critters. Large volcanic boulders covered in fire coral and sponge fill the bottom. Plump, black sea urchins can be seen, menacingly hiding amongst the cracks. Eagle rays, which feed on the nearby grass beds, can be seen gliding down the wall.
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Coral

Depth 40-70ft (12-25m)

The Monkey Shoals is an atoll of coral about 1 mile square, located directly between the sister islands of St Kitts and Nevis. This reef structure lies approximately three miles offshore, which allows for excellent visibility and increased fish life. Currents and wind can, at times, be a concern. We list 4 favorite dive sites located within the area of Monkey Shoals. Watch video.

Puffer

Depth 45-50ft (12-15m)

Clyde is a 5ft green moray eel who has made this reef his home. Pure white sand banked by a reef gives the diver great color contrast. Schools of small fish, the occasional nurse shark, turtles and lobster make this a super dive not to be missed.
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Green Moray

Depth 45-50ft (12-15m)

Located on the shallowest point of the Monkey Shoals, the White Hole is a nursery of marine life. A sand hole surrounded by shallow reef where stingrays, lobsters and every kind of tropical fish abound. Barrel and tube sponges come in all sizes.
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White Hole

Depth 40-60ft (12-18m)

Aptly named, the Ledge is an overhang, which provides refuge for nurse sharks and green moray eels. Located on the western edge of the bank, this site is popular amongst those who like macro photography and video.
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The Ledge

Depth 50-80ft (15-25m)

Located on the west side of the Monkeys, where the shoals begin to slope away to the deep blue, the hard and soft corals are pristine in larger formations and there are bigger fish which are sure to impress.
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River Taw

Depth 40-70ft (12-20m)

A short boat ride from our dive center, "The Vents" boast large barrel sponges, fire coral and hot water vents holes that make this a most unusual dive. Free swimming speckled morays are common and "Donald" our friendly nurse shark often appears.
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The Vents

Depth 50-80ft (14-25m)

This is a circular reef small enough to swim all the way round in a single dive. Lots of marine life here. Shoals of smaller fish are to be seen everywhere. A good site for seeing octopus and speckled moray eels. We usually find large southern stingrays on the sandy seabed around the reef.
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Southern Stingray

Depth 50-140ft (14-40m)

Located in Old Road Bay, this reef and mini wall has lots of interest including old anchors, barracudas, turtles, lobsters, angelfish, rays and eels, just to name a few. The corals here are in good condition and the visibility is usually excellent. This is a super dive site for divers of all levels.
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River Taw

Depth 50-130ft (15-40m)

Sandy Point is located close to shore and has coral formations that form deep canyons and swim-thrus. The reef is in good condition and fish of all kinds are abundant. Unfortunately the proximity to shore can mean visibility is variable. The journey time means this is a reef we rarely visit.
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River Taw

Depth 40-70ft (12-22m)

An excellent reef dive, Camps Reef is located close to shore and has volcanic formations that form deep crevices. The reef is in good condition and fish of all kinds are abundant. Good site for lobster and eels, usually stingrays in the sand
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River Taw

Depth 50-130ft (15-40m)

Named because the mooring here is attached to a huge piece of volcanic rock. It is here we find the caribbean grey reef shark, along with schools of horse eye jacks and large shoals of creole wrasse. Gently sloping walls with deep water on both sides mean an abundance of marine life.
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The Rock

Depth 50-70ft (15-20m)

The wreck of the Corinthian is a completely intact tug boat that sits totally upright in the sand. The wreck sank in 1995. Nothing is known of this wreck's history. Next to the wreck is a reef with a depth of less than 40 ft. Watch video.

Corinthian

Sites dived only by Pro Divers

Over the years, we have discovered many sites that are virtually unknown and very rarely dived by anyone. We love to explore and discover and are always pleased when guests enjoy a great dive on what we consider our exclusive dive sites. There are no mooring buoys or markers on these sites. We are the only operator that dives them. None of these sites have names, so we always have fun finding a name for your log book.

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