Mustique was originally made famous last century as a retreat
for the rich and famous. As a private island (well, technically
it's on a long term lease from the government) Mustique remains one
of the most exclusive retreats in the Caribbean, and at just three
miles long and a mile and a half wide has an extremely high
celeb-per-square foot rating.
Don't let that put you off, though. This is a genuinely
beautiful island, and we can arrange stays at either the island's
tiny hotel or a villa rental for those keen on a slice of the
celebritocracy lifestyle. Say hi to Mick for us when you're
Bang next door to Mustique is Bequia (pronounced Beck-way),
which provides a different Caribbean experience. The island
encapsulates the essential Caribbean charm, with stunning
coastlines, fantastic local restaurants, and even better locals who
tend to treat visitors like long lost friends. Original Diving
highly recommends this hidden and undiscovered gem of an island.
The diving isn't bad either!
In the same group of island lies Petit St Vincent, a tiny island
just 2 miles long consisting of private cottages. Techies beware -
there are no telephones, internet or televisions in the cottages,
with the sole purpose being to escape from everyday life. However,
this does also mean no crowds, and guests can be certain that they
will enjoy the exclusive retreat in peace. 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.