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Can you SCUBA in NEVIS/ST. KITTS?

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I will be at the Four Seasons in Nevis in February 1999 and I just received my scuba certification. I recently dove in the BVI's and do not how the diving in the Nevis and St. Kitts area compares to others in the Carribbean or West Indies. Has anyone else scuba dove while in Nevis? If so, what diving service did you go through and how far did you have to travel to get to them and then to the dive site? Thank you!

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    Lauren: My husband and I and our 15 year old son spent one week in November 0f 97' in St. Kitts and our main activity was to go diving. We chose that island because we also wanted to do the rain forest and we had heard that the two islands are very beautiful. We had originally chose to go to Nevis and were going to stay at Oualie Beach resort and there is a dive shop right on the property. I posted a number of times on this website about diving in this area and was so disappointed because I hardly got any responses. It seems that there are not alot of people that frequent this website that are divers. We decided to go anyway even though we couldn't get alot of feedback but we decided to go to St. Kitts instead because of the rain forest and because we thought our 15 year old would be bored to tears when not diving. We stayed at the Bird Rock Beach Hotel (which was very small but quaint) and we dove with Kenneth's Dive Shop. We had an excellent experience. The island of St. Kitts is beautiful, very lush and like no other that we had seen before. Everyone that we spoke to that went to Nevis said that the island was incredible. They did say that the roads were very rough and hard to travel on and that at times you had to wait for all the wildlife to cross the road but I think that is cool. The Four Seasons hotel is going to be incredible. Some of the people went to Nevis for the day and ate there and couldn't stop talking about how top shelf it was there. I am sure you will be very happy. You will probably dive with the dive shop that is on Oualie Beach. As for the diving, we had a very memorable week. The visibility was about 60-100 feet at times but more like 60' The divemaster said that it was due to the volcano activity on Monnterrat spewing all that ash into the air. It rains down on the ocean and feeds nutrients into the water. The microscopic life feeds on it and grows thus creating a somewhat lower visibility. Because spearfishing is allowed all over the area alot of the larger fish are gone. We still managed to enjoy our diving as the water was very calm and very warm.
    We spent alot of time paying close attention to the little creatures. We saw some things I had never seen before on some of the other islands. We have also visited Grand Cayman and Provo in Turks and Caicos. There are little monkeys that roam the islands and they run across the roads just like the squirrels do here in New Jersey. I am sure that you will have a wonderful trip. Enjoy your diving. Fran

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