Northern Caribbean
Bahamas/Turks & Caicos
Central Caribbean
Cayman/Greater Antilles
Eastern Caribbean/
Leeward Islands
USVI through Guadeloupe
Eastern Caribbean/
Winward Islands
Dominica through Tobago
Southern Caribbean
Netherlands Antilles
Western Caribbean
Central America



Enclosing the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea, and swinging down from Puerto Rico to Venezuela, is another necklace of small island jewels known as the Lesser Antilles. These islands are as famous to nondiving travelers as to divers. Because they are so incredibly diverse in atmosphere, culture and diving opportunity, we’ll cover them in two groups, arranged strictly on the basis of their geography. This first section will discuss the northern or Leeward Islands, which, for our purposes, reach from the United States Virgin Islands down to Guadeloupe.

USVI
The principal islands of the USVI are St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. They offer divers a tasty smorgasbord of experiences. Off St. Croix there is impressive wall diving, wrecks, canyons and even a pier famous for its sponges and seahorses. St. John has dramatic undersea rock formations, caves and swim-throughs. St. Thomas offers lush reefs, wrecks, pinnacles and swim-throughs.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
The British Virgin Islands include Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and their attendant smaller islands. Also of importance to divers is Anegada, off to the northeast. BVI diving includes world famous wrecks, reefs, mini-walls, ocean pinnacles and a wealth of marine life. Because the various islands of the BVI are so close together, this area is a favorite with live-aboard dive boats and other sailors.

OTHER LEEWARDS
Because of their connection to the European nations that colonized them, the other Leeward Islands fall into groups with exotic names such as British Leewards and French West Indies. However, for simplicity’s sake, and because some of the Windward Islands also fall into these groups, we’ll cover the rest of the Leewards individually. The island of Saba was created from a volcano and its offshore sites reflect this. Overgrown by colorful corals and sponges, the volcanic rock formations slope at varying angles from shallow water into the depths, and there are pinnacles and mini-walls as well. St. Eusatius, known as “Statia,” is near Saba, but offers a different kind of diving. There are wide, flat reefs in relatively shallow water, and shipwrecks from several centuries. The waters off the island of Anguilla are host to a number of wrecks that have been sunk for divers. There are also shallow and deep reef areas, canyons, and impressive coral formations. The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are both nearly surrounded by lush coral reefs. There are wrecks and walls and even an underwater park off Antigua. The green volcanic islands of St. Kitts and Nevis make up one small nation. In the waters around these islands there are hundreds of historic wrecks, though only a few have been examined and identified. There are reefs lush with black coral and other invertebrates, abundant fish, and many submerged caves. The island of Montserrat is currently undergoing renovations, courtesy of Mother Nature. With continuing volcanic activity, it is building dive sites for the future—and is a little bit too much of a “hot spot” for your average diver right now. An island divided in two politically, St. Martin/St. Maarten, is part French, part Dutch, but the variety of diving found all around the island is for everyone. There are shallow reefs, caves and wrecks. The nearshore reefs are perfect for snorkelers and are loaded with marine life. St. Barthelemy, or “St. Barts,” offers a coral wonderland populated by tropicals of every kind. There are reefs, walls and caves, and a pleasant wreck dive on a sunken fishing boat. A marine reserve is in place and sea turtles are commonly seen. The island of Guadeloupe marks the southern end of our Leeward Islands. Off Petit Ilet, an excellent reef site offers the opportunity to observe jacks, reef fish and colorful invertebrates. Elsewhere, hot water springs bubble into the near-shore waters. Various species of whales may be seen in the waters farther offshore.

 
Eastern Leeward
The Bitter End Yacht Club

A world-renowned watersports resort which stretches one mile on the Northern tip of Virgin Gorda offering a club fleet of more than 100 boats. Diving adventures include the finest wreck sites in the BVI’s - The RMS Rhone and Chikuzen. Call about our all-inclusive programs
1-800-872-2392
www. beyc.com
e-mail: info@beyc.com


PADI 5-Star facilities with three locations in the BVIs: Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Leverick Bay Resort and Marine Cay. Since 1975 serving all the hotels on Virgin Gorda and the East End of Tortola. Featuring Scuba Pro rental gear and a fleet of five dive boats.
Call now 800-848-7078
e-mail: info@divebvi.com
website: www.divebvi.com
Statia



Praised for it’s ecological diversity, and offering all the amenities of a full service diving destination without the crowds. Statia is a seasoned dive traveller’s paradise.

Golden Rock Dive Center prides itself on making their guests feel at home. You can always count on them to treat you like a friend and not a number. PADI International Resort Member.
1-800-311-6658/011-599-318-2964
CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
www.goldenrockdive.com



The newly renovated Old Gin House is conveniently located on the waterfront within walking distance to all attractions and the dive shop. With all its charm and ambiance it completes a perfect diving vacation. www.oldginhouse.com; 011-599-318-2319


Cane Bay Dive Shop

CANE BAY DIVE SHOP A PADI 5 Star Facility offers beach, boat, drift, or wreck dives daily. Dive the World Famous Cane Bay Wall that starts just off shore at 30 feet and drops to over 3,000 ft. With three locations, we offer the widest variety and largest selection of snorkel and dive gear on St. Croix. Come dive or snorkel. Accommodations available. We dive when you want to. 1-800-338-3843 www.visitstcroix.com/canebay
Renaissance Grand Beach Resort

The Renaissance Grand Beach Resort in St. Thomas lies amidst 34 tropical acres surrounding its own secluded white sandy beach. Enjoy spacious rooms with full service resort amenities, along with every water sport imaginable, an on-site dive center, fully equipped fitness center with spa services, and nearby championship golf. At the Renaissance Grand Beach Resort, you’ll be surrounded by every conceivable comfort. For reservations and information, call 1-800-421-8188
Dive St. Maarten * First class everything * Boats, Equipment & Personnel. Multi lingual, 5 Custom Boats. DTD, STD, Wrecks, Reefs, Shark Feeding Dives, Discover Scuba Diving. 2 Locations. Small Groups, Surface Support, Certifications, Continuing ED, Specialty Courses. Abundant Marine Live. Dive With The Best.
CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
www.diveguideint.com/divesafaris
www.thescubashop.net
Dive Adventures
Dive Adventures in Simpson Bay offers wreck and reef diving daily for certified divers. All levels of tuition are available and for beginners we offer a one day Discover Scuba Courses. Shallow afternoon dives provide an excellent refresher for certified divers.
011 (599) 544-2640 Fax: 011 (599) 544-2476
www.stmaarten-activities.com
e-mail: aquamania@stmartin-activities.com
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Specializing in small groups scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and flats fishing trips. PADI resort and TDI/SDI Training Facility.
Call toll-free
1-877-773-6045

Web: www.scorevi.com


5-Star PADI Facility, Nitrox, 2 dive boats, 75 beachfront rooms with kitchenette, cable TV, A/C, iron/ironing board, hairdryers, 20 fully equipped ocean view villas, 2 restaurants, karaoke sports bar, live nightly entertainment, 1000' beach, 53' catamaran, 2 pro-beach volleyball courts, tennis, basketball, watersports and fitness center.
TOLL FREE (800) 524-4746/(877) LETTS-DIVE
CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
www.bolongobay.com

Dive the SeaSaba Difference and experience an island like no other. Old world charm, nature trails, and great diving. Preferred Properties of Saba
El Momo Cottages - Cottage Club
Jeliana’s Hotel - Queen’s Garden Resort
1-800-883-SABA
CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
www.seasaba.com
The very special divers-hotel is unique on Saba. All under one roof: Professional dive center, sabanstyle hotel, restaurant, bar, pool, patio, boutique & terrace. Spectacular oceanview & divesites! Two dive boats, personalized service & new equipment! Affordable prices: i.e. 3 nights and 6 dives p.p./dbl. for only $338US.
011-559-41-62740
CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
www.sabadivers.com
e-mail: sabadivers@unspoiledqueen.com
Blue Water Divers

Blue Water Divers…our relaxed yet professional approach to diving makes us a preferred choice among locals and a return favorite for international divers. Come visit us at one of our two locations on Tortola-at Nanny Cay or Hodges Creek Marina.
284-494-2847 / 284-495-1200
Fax: 284-494-0198 / 284-495-1210
www.ultimatebvi.com/bluewater
e-mail: bwdbvi@surfbvi.com