Snorkeling in St. Kitts and Nevis

Underwater Riches within Easy Reach

You don't have to travel far to discover the underwater treasures of St. Kitts. Snorkeling adventures can begin with a short swim right from a hotel beach, while a ten-minute boat ride will carry you to a secluded bay where sea turtles and colorful tropical fish flit among the corals. A closer look through the clear waters may reveal a shipwreck, a moray eel peering out from a crevice, or an octopus scurrying between rock piles. Calm waters and abundant fish life make for relaxing submersions and itineraries that are suitable for novices, but still enjoyable for experienced free divers.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone
  • Best season to visit: Year round
  • Weather: Steady trade winds account for relatively minor differences in seasonal air temperatures, which range from the 70s into the mid 80s. Rain showers are less common from December to May

Things to Do

St. Kitts & Nevis Information

Snorkeling in St. Kitts & Nevis

The entire western coast of St. Kitts is sheltered from prevailing wind and waves, but reefs on the northern half of the island run deeper and is best suited for divers. The most popular snorkeling sites are within a series of bays on the western side of the long, thin peninsula which stretches some nine miles to the southeast of the port town of Basseterre.

Snorkeling in St. Kitts & Nevis Tips

Several tour operators on St. Kitts offer combined kayak and snorkeling excursion. These trips are an ideal way to discover more remote sections of the coast, with monkey sightings and bird watching on the way to the reef. Paddling routes often pass by tall sea cliffs that flank secluded bays, where snorkeling takes place in calm water.

Best Places for Snorkeling in St. Kitts & Nevis

The sheltered lagoon at South Frigate Bay Beach is a haven for marine life. At Pelican Rocks, snorkelers are joined by diving seabirds feeding on small fish. Shallow shipwrecks at White House Bay can seem from the surface. At Sandy Point National Marine Park a dramatic vertical reef line is home to hawksbill and green turtles, lobsters, creole wrasse, sea horses and more.

What to Pack for Snorkeling in St. Kitts & Nevis

A personal dive mask for maximum comfort and a good fit. A brimmed hat and sports sandals for kayak/snorkel trips. A water shirt for sun protection. A tote bag that can handle getting wet for boat trips, with a waterproof case inside for personal items such as keys and mobile devices.

Specials

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Sugar Bay Club Suites & Hotel

CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 nights Garden Room accommodations, one 3.5 hour kayak and snoreling trip, one 3.5 hour Sky Safari Zipline tour, one 3.5 hour Rainforest tour hike, receive 1 St. Kitts Tourism Value Card per room with offers from businesses such as gift shops, tour companies, jewellery stores and restaurants, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 1/3/18-4/30/18. Book by 1/31/18.
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From $774 per person double occupancy

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Timothy Beach Resort

CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 night Mountain View Room accommodations, one 3.5 hour kayak and snoreling trip, one 3.5 hour Sky Safari Zipline tour, one 3.5 hour Rainforest tour hike, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 1/3/18-4/30/18. Book by 1/31/18.
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From $1,038 per person double occupancy

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St Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino

CARADONNA RECOMMENDS includes 7 nights Ocean View accommodations, one 3.5 hour kayak and snorkeling trip, one 3.5 hour Sky Safari Zipline tour, one 3.5 hour Rainforest tour hike, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 4/8/18-5/31/18.
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Packages

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Bird Rock Beach Hotel

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Superior accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Snorkeling an Kayak Tours, Zipline Tour, Rainforest or Volcano Hiking Tour and Scenic Railway Tour.
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From $367 per person double occupancy

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Sugar Bay Club Suites & Hotel

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Garden Room accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Snorkeling an Kayak Tours, Zipline Tour, Rainforest or Volcano Hiking Tour and Scenic Railway Tour.
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From $553 per person double occupancy

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Timothy Beach Resort

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night Mountain View Room accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Snorkeling an Kayak Tours, Zipline Tour, Rainforest or Volcano Hiking Tour and Scenic Railway Tour.
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From $597 per person double occupancy

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St Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights Resort View accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Snorkeling an Kayak Tours, Zipline Tour, Rainforest or Volcano Hiking Tour and Scenic Railway Tour.
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From $626 per person double occupancy

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Royal St Kitts Hotel

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights studio accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Snorkeling an Kayak Tours, Zipline Tour, Rainforest or Volcano Hiking Tour and Scenic Railway Tour.
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From $742 per person double occupancy

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Timothy Beach Resort

7 night package includes roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add on excursions including hiking, snorkeling, kayaking and zip lining.
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Resorts

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Bird Rock Beach Hotel

This small, exclusive hotel‚ set amidst lush tropical gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea‚ offers tastefully decorated superior oceanview rooms and studio suites. Exceptional dive opportunities provided by on site Dive St. Kitts. From colorful reef formations to fascinating wrecks, the underwater adventures are vast.
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St Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino

The St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino offers luxurious guest rooms that are spacious and welcoming. A Caribbean flavor sets the tone in the 8 restaurants and 2 lounges. For entertainment and relaxation, the resort also offers the Royal Beach Casino, the Emerald Mist Spa and a championship golf course at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. Diving is provided by Dive St. Kitts.
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Sugar Bay Club Suites & Hotel

Sugar Bay Club and its 94 suites and rooms is set amidst five acres of landscaped gardens on the edge of a golden sand beach in the lively Frigate Bay area of St.Kitts. An informal, relaxing and sociable low-rise resort, it is ideal for divers seeking a value-conscious vacation in St. Kitts.
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Timothy Beach Resort

The Timothy Beach Resort Hotel is the only hotel located directly in beautiful Frigate Bay on the most popular beach in St. Kitts and Nevis, where you can swim in the calm and clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and dive or snorkel in the marine protected area right around the corner.
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Royal St Kitts Hotel

The newly renovated Royal St. Kitts Hotel is a family-run business, built on 18 acres of lunsh land that is situated around breath taking mountina views and our private lagoon. Located in the beautiful tourist region of Frigate Bay, which is home to several excellent restaurants, bars, an 18-hole championship golf course, extraordinary landscape, and luxurious beaches on both the Atlantic and Caribbean Seas. With the Royal St. Kitts Hotel only being a 10-minute drive from St. Kitts capital city, Basseterre, and a 7-minute drive from the airport, the hotel is ideally located with easy accessibility.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

Entry/Exit Requirements: A valid passport is required which must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of entry into the country. Proof of onward or returning ticket is required, as well as 1 blank page in your passport for the entry stamp. No visa is required for U.S. Citizens for stays less than 90 days. All persons leaving, pay a Government Departure Tax of $22.00 U.S.

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entry into St. Kitts. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov.

Culture and Customs

Long after other islands in the Caribbean turned to tourism, St. Kitts was an island of farmers. Sugarcane remained the island's chief economic driver through the end of the 20th century, and it wasn't until 2005 that government and private sectors made a concerted effort to welcome tourism and development. Fast-forward a decade and the island is experiencing robust resort and residential growth that includes a number of premier resorts and a tasty collection of new restaurants. But the newfound prosperity that has accompanied this transition hasn't resulted in urban sprawl or a loss of cultural roots. Having established some of the most broad-reaching conservation measures of any island in the Caribbean, more than a quarter of St. Kitts is now protected land. The mountainous interior of the island is covered in one of the rarest types of forest on earth: the American Oceanic Rainforest. And this forest continues to expand as fields no longer used for cane cultivation return to nature. Miles of trails wind through old-growth forests and up mountain slopes for rewarding views of the entire island. If hiking and birding are not your things, there's golf, spas and lively beach clubs. Modern beats fill downtown dance clubs, but across the islands, calypso music is still king—especially during the eight-week winter celebration known as Sugar Mas, which blends the spirit of the Christmas season with elements of Carnival, and colorful displays of the island's cultural traditions and African heritage.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity in St. Kitts is 230 volts, 60 cycle, however, 110 volt supply is available at some hotels. An adapter may be needed for U.S. visitors. The country/area code for St. Kitts is 869. There are a few service providers in St. Kitts and Nevis so please check with your local provider to see what plans are available or roaming charges will apply. Many hotels offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Drinking water is pure and safe to drink. Bottled water is sold in stores, hotels and restaurants if preferred.

Language & Currency

English is the official language. The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD or EC$). U.S. Dollars are accepted but normally change is given in EC$. ATMs are available as well which dispense EC$. Check the current exchange rate here.

Time

St. Kitts is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. St Kitts is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

St. Kitts and Nevis are located in the Eastern Caribbean in the West Indies. The West side of St. Kitts faces the Caribbean Sea, while the East side of St. Kitts faces the Atlantic Ocean. Nevis & St. Kitts from one country, the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis which share approximately 100 square miles in total, Nevis with 35 square miles and St. Kitts with 65 square miles. St Kitts is 5 miles wide by 18 miles long. The two islands are separated by a 2-mile channel known as The Narrows.

The population of St. Kitts and Nevis combined is 55,712 (2016) with approximately 12,000 residing on Nevis.