St Kitts & Nevis is only 10 hours on a direct flight from London.
St Kitts is the larger of the two islands, and famous for the postcard perfect beaches. Dramatic mountains pepper the landscape. The island is a bustling mix of Dutch, British, French and local cultures. There are plenty of bars and restaurants, where you can soak up the vibe. Or simply flop onto the beach and enjoy endless sea views.
Covid Travel Information
International travel from the UK is prohibited until May 17th. Travel corridors are paused until this point.
On April 12th the UK government will update the rules for travel in 2021.
St Kitts and Nevis is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
It is an approved travel corridor. You do not need to self-isolate on your return to England from one of the travel corridor countries, territories or regions
The borders of St Kitts and Nevis re-opened to all non-citizens and non-residents from 31 October
Travellers arriving from the UK will need to complete an entry form on the national website and submit a negative PCR test completed within 72 hours of travel from an accredited laboratory.
On arrival, travellers will undergo a health screening.
There are restrictions in place for the first 14 days of any visit. Travellers will be required to download the St Kitts and Nevis contact tracing mobile app and must stay in approved accommodation.
Travellers must also undergo PCR tests on days 7 and 14 of the visit at their own expense. Full details are on the St Kitts Travel Advisory website, which should be checked regularly. Procedures and requirements may change at short notice.
St Kitts Travel Advisory website
You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK
Updated 25th FEB 2021
Weather and Climate
The daily average temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius in January and February, and 28 °C from June to October, which is the hottest period. The stormiest weather is June to November. Water water temps range from around 26C in Jan-Feb to 29 in Sept-Oct.
Flights are direct to St Kitts with British Airways from London with around 10 hours flying time. You will then need to fly between St Maarten and St Kitts with a local airline.
We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
As the flights are direct to St Kitts, there are no stop over options
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders holders are able to obtain a tourist visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.
We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation.
Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world.
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think.
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival for our St Kitts holidays, you will be met and taken to your liveaboard. Simply make your way to through baggage reclaim and immigrations. Your transfer will be waiting for you with a board with your name or liveaboard.
If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
We are not able to prepay for transfers in St Kitts. You will be met by a prebooked driver and taken to your liveaboard. This journey usually costs around $20$30 per person per way.
You will usually finish your trip in St Maarten. Disembarkation is after breakfast in the morning. You can leave your bags on board until your departure time for your flight. The crew will assist with a taxi, that needs to be paid for locally. On arrival back in St Kitts, you can wait at the airport until check in opens for your flight back to the UK. The depature tax from both islands is around $25 each.
To pay locally are departure tax, fuel surcharge $80, park fees $115, nitrox $150, optional land tours, kit hire and any on board souvenirs.
If you are spending additional time on St. Kitts, you may wish to obtain Eastern Caribbean Dollars. The U.S. dollar is widely accepted and preferred on all islands; therefore, it is not necessary to purchase currency before arriving. Major credit cards are accepted widely throughout the islands as well.
The vessel has a satellite phone for incoming and outgoing calls. Please be aware that a charge is assessed for both incoming and outgoing calls.
Plugs and electricity
110 V outlets in bath & near bed
Available, please prebook any rental equipment to ensure availability upon arrival.
Solo Diving is allowed as long as the diver has proof of certification of "Solo Diver" from one of the agencies that offer this course.
Available to buy locally
Nitrox is available for an additional charge, as long as the diver is Nitrox Certified.
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for Caribbean Explorer 2 will be £1000. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.
Ways to pay
We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers? Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.
And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our loyalty discount is all about! If you have booked directly with Scuba Travel, on your 3rd full price holiday you will automatically be eligible for a loyalty discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction. We are always happy to offer discounts as described below but these are not cumulative and we do not offer further discounts on special offer prices.
5% off for loyalty customers
Travel again with any Explorer Ventures liveaboard in 12 months and join the 5-5-5 programme. Book your next trip with only a 5% deposit and extra 5% discount. You can enjoy up to 5 dives a day (where possible) and there's no charge if you have to reschedule your trip within 6 or 8 mths (depending on destination). Is this your 6th full price Explorer Ventures liveabaord? Then the fleet will apply the average price paid for those trips toward the standard retail rate of your sixth trip with us – which, depending on the itinerary you choose, could be absolutely free!
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices
Onboard you have 7 nights in twin/double share cabin, on a full board basis, snacks, plus social servings of alcohol and soft drinks
A 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included with up to 5 dives a day (except first and last day)
Transfers cannot be prepaid in St Kitts. We will pre-book a transfer taxi for you but this needs to be paid for locally (approx $30)
Your holiday excludes international flights to St Kitts SKB or 1way flight from St Maarten to St Kitts. Ask your travel consultant for a competitive quote to arrange international flights.
Friday dinner is not included in your cruise - the crew will make recommendations and reservations
Standard for crew gratuities on dive trips (if, of course, you are happy with the service which you have received) is between 10% and 15% of the package price per passenger. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.