NEW YORK, NY, June 22, 2006 – Deep in the southern Caribbean, the laidback charm of St. Vincent and the Grenadines permeates every aspect of life: from colorful weekend markets, secluded beaches, hidden anchorages, and warm delightful people. The heart of this archipelago is St. Vincent, whose lush mountainous interior extends to black sand shorelines, and volcanic walls dip below the waves into a pristine – and surprisingly vibrant and thriving – underwater environment. Teeming with marine life, divers are treated to visibility up to 100 feet, superbly healthy reefs, low diver density and plenty of options for wall, reef, wreck, and drift diving.
To dive in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is to join a select group of divers "in the know." New marine species are routinely discovered in these waters, granite-based sand quickly settle for maximum visibility, and prized sightings – frogfish, morays, longsnout seahorses – are the norm. The best sites are located on the leeward coast and easily accessible by boat.
Critter Corner is St. Vincent's hallmark dive site, just 600 feet off the island's southernmost beach. Bring a keen eye on this muck dive as a wealth of macro marine life, or "critters", await, including squat and sponge anemone shrimp, blackcheek and yellowcheek blennies, spotted porcelain crabs, and sharptail eels. At Turtle Bay, yellow tube sponges brighten this underwater realm and provide cover for reef fish, while at New Guinea Reef, the profusion of black coral, vase sponges and lacy gorgonians, as well as schools of wrasses, are the main attractions.
California-based Scuba Voyages offer seven-night trips to St. Vincent and the Grenadines starting at $1,765 per person, based on double-occupancy, airfare not included. Packages booked for travel by December 16, 2006, are eligible for a $100 discount per person, or an 8th night free. These packages include accommodations at the exclusive private island, Young Island Resort, three days of two tank boat dives with Dive St. Vincent, all meals, and airport transfers.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a string of 32 islands in the southern Caribbean, located 1,600 miles southeast of Miami. For more information on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, please visit www.svgtourism.com or call 1-800-729-1726.