Reefs with an abundance of fabulous macro creatures are the main attraction on St. Vincent. Deep dives are available however, and with great visibility and pristine reefs, no one should be disappointed.
Wild and colorful, St. Vincent and the Grenadines isn’t dubbed the Critter Capital of the Caribbean for nothing. But while these islands are often called the "muck-diving capital of the Caribbean," that is something of a misnomer, conjuring famous muck-diving sites with small reef creatures and silty waters. On reefs off these islands, the visibility can top 100 feet, thanks to the density of volcanic, granite-based sand that falls quickly when stirred.
Like many islands, the Grenadines — Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Mustique, the Tobago Cays, Union Island, Palm Island — and their head maiden, St. Vincent, rose from the molten gurglings of the earth. From the air, La Soufriere, the island's still-active 4,000-foot volcano, towers over the north coast, her rainforest flanks washed by daily tropical showers. The warm sands of St. Vincent, known to contain medicinal properties, are pepper-black as a result.
For divers, and especially macro photographers, these islands are a dream destination. There is no shortage of macro subjects disguised among the bedrock: invisible shrimp, squat anemone shrimp and sunspot anemone shrimp, neck crabs, blackhead blennies, decorator crabs, three-spotted scorpionfish and sharptail eels.
Sites are relatively uncrowded, including the famed Critter Corner. Look for black coral at shallow depths as well as seahorses clinging to sea fans.
Bequia in the Grenadines shouldn't be missed either. Here you'll find wall and drift dives, plus the Stratmann Wreck, in just 60 feet of water.
Other drift dives like Horseshoe Reef and Disneyland and a wreck dive are found off of the Tobago Cays and Mayreau where all levels of experience are welcome.
Average water temperatures are in the high 70Fs in winter and mid-80Fs in summer. Viz is a dependable 80 to 100 feet.