This part of the Caribbean, Mustique in particular, is renowned
for being something of a celeb hotspot, all eager for a slice of
the (desperately discreet) Caribbean dream. Meanwhile Bequia
(pronounced Beck-way), meaning 'island of the cloud', has become
synonymous with sailing and you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd
taken a wrong turn at Miami and ended up on the French Riviera
given the number of private yachts and charters bobbing in
Admiralty Bay. Lastly there's Petit St Vincent which, while our
French isn't great, we're pretty sure translates as 'total
relaxation' due to its dedication to digital detoxification -
there's no internet, telephones or televisions here. There is also
a Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre here which gives you some
indication of the quality of the diving.
There is excellent diving both in the direct vicinity of Petit
St Vincent and the surrounding islands. Dive into the famous Bat
Cave, try wreck diving, or photograph an amazing variety of marine
creatures. This is excellent Caribbean diving with healthy coral
and good marine life, mainly macro.
From easy shallow reef dives to drift dives, wreck dives and
even cave dives there is a lot to offer in the local dive sites you
will get the chance to visit. Most dive sites are just a short boat
ride away (5mins to 30mins from Petit St Vincent). The real beauty
of diving here is the variety of critters on show: frogfish,
seahorses, colourful molluscs, crustaceans, anemones, tunicates,
nurse sharks, lobsters, octopus and squid. Visiting squadrons of
eagle rays and manta rays are frequently sighted, and patrolling
reef sharks and barracuda add an element of excitement.
The destination is home to so many critters because it has a
variety of underwater habitats including walls, rock formations,
coral reefs, sandy slopes and beds of sea grass - each attracting
its own unique form of life.