Eastern Caribbean Description
The Caribbean islands of St Kitts and St Maartens are renowned for their secluded beaches and glamorous resorts, but the few divers ever venture this far for a diving holiday discover a true hidden gem - the magnificent Saba Island! So if you are looking for a true Caribbean getaway for your next diving liveaboard, then the Eastern Caribbean itinerary is the choice for you. This is an itinerary full of surprises, with vibrant coral gardens and topography that rivals anything you can find elsewhere in the Caribbean. The volcanic islands are the gateway between the Atlantic Ocean and rest of the Caribbean, resulting in a wide bio diversity and home to some of the rarer species not normally seen at other islands. Treat yourself to a unique holiday where you can taste the adventure on the tradewinds.
The Eastern Caribbean itinerary commences at either St Kitts or St Maartens and as you journey between these two end points the nature reserve of Saba stands out. This wildlife haven is just as impressive underwater. The Eye of the Needle is a is a single tower that rises up perfectly straight from the deep. The walls dive are breathtaking, dropping off into spine tingling blue. Needlefish in their thousands swirl round and reef sharks patrol. Diamond Rock juts above the sea level but beneath the waves you will find eagle rays and turtles alongside rich macro life (blennies in particular) hiding amid the enormous sponges. As coral fingers creep across the sea bed you can look for nurse sharks and gargantuan groupers resting. Everywhere you look profusion's of jacks, snapper and goat fish chase across the reef. The angel fish pose politely for photos as drums dart about. Dive over wreckage form unidentified ships - were these the feared pirate ships of the past? Then there are the caves and swim throughs where the reef plates have cracked. Wend your way through as you take in an endlessly changing landscape before your eyes.
This itinerary will suit divers looking for that hidden paradise in the Caribbean. The diving is varied and does suit all experience levels although there are a few drift dives during the trip so some experience in this is helpful. The diving around Saba Island in particular can be more challenging with negative entries and currents to account for. There is a chance to go ashore and explore an island during the week and the snorkelling is excellent so non divers are welcome on board and will enjoy the cruising as the boat moves from one idyllic scene to the next. The photo and video opportunities are plentiful and well suited for wide angle or macro lovers. The islands and dive sites you visit over the course of your Eastern Caribbean itinerary each have their own individual flavour and are quite unlike anything else you will find in the wider Caribbean. This is a slice of paradise that is just waiting to be discovered.
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