With its cloud-shrouded volcanic peaks, misty valleys and dense rain forests, St. Vincent exudes an exotic quality. Cast in the Eastern Caribbean, it is one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles just north of Venezuela. Along its coastline, sheer cliffs fall to the sea.Beneath the waves, arches and spires rise up through emerald waters. Inland, its jungle features a canopy of trees with flamboyant, ruby-red blossoms. St. Vincent's creeks and rivulets also form spectacular waterfalls.
The people of St. Vincent are descended from a mixture of Carib and European backgrounds. With their natural beauty and quick smiles, the residents radiate a welcoming warmth. They live on an island that remains largely undiscovered by mainstream tourists - a paradise unfound.
Here is a new destination for the avid underwater explorer who wants to experience lush reefs and magical marine life. St. Vincent is a place where the rare is typical and colorful creatures are common. Amazing sea creatures can be seen all around St. Vincent, thanks to a convergence of currents that deliver a diverse array of macro marine life.
During the first half of a dive at a site called Critter Corner, we spotted five flying gurnards, a longsnout sea horse, three species of cleaner shrimps, a family of oversized arrow crabs, two snake eels, a plumed scorpionfish and an electric ray. During the rest of the dive we marveled at a pair of photogenic frogfish and two bluethroat pikeblennies.
Between dives in St. Vincent, make sure to visit the Falls of Baleine, which receive water from the island's misty mountains. The pool at the base of the falls is the perfect place to let pent-up tensions melt away.