St. Vincent & the Grenadines
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Things To Know
Latitude 13.1600° N, Longitude 61.2248° W
Languages Spoken: English, Creole English,
Capital: Kingstown, St Vincent Population: 110,940 (2020)
Island Group: Windward Islands Highest Peak: La Soufrière, 1234m
Currency: US Dollars, Eastern Caribbean Dollars
Dialling Code: +784
Best Time To Visit: Mid-December to Mid-April is the peak season, with May and June great options too before the hurricane season. However, St Vincent and the Grenadines is located at the edge of the hurricane belt, reducing the risk of a hurricane passing directly over the country.
Temperature: 28C (Winter months) to 32C (Summer months)
Wind: Typically 10 to 25 knot of Trade Winds, SE or NE, year round
Hurricane Season: 1st June to 31st November, highest risk mid-August to mid-October. Very low risk, outer edge of hurricane zone.
Transport: Taxis and minibuses accessible all over the island.
Main Ports to Visit: Young Island and Kingstown (St Vincent), Bequia, Mustique, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Union Island, Petite St Vincent, Canouan
Popular Attractions: Tobago Cays, Montreal Gardens St Vincent, La Soufriere Country Trail & Volcano Hike, Firefly Plantation Bequia, Botanical Gardens St Vincent, Dark View Falls St Vincent, Vermont Nature Trail St Vincent, Pirates of the Caribbean Tour of Fort Charlotte, Princess Margaret Beach Bequia, Salt Whistle Bay Mayreau, Chatham Bay Union island, Wallillabou Bay Village, Happy Island Union Island, Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary Bequia, Lower Bay Beach Bequia, Port Elizabeth Bequia.
Other island destinations within reach of St Lucia: Grenada, St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica,
Additional Information: There are 35 protected areas in St Vincent and the Grenadines. For full details CLICK HERE. These protected areas have been established under different legislation including the Forest Resources Conservation Act (1992), the Wildlife Protection Act (1987), and the Fisheries Act (1986) – for a full list see the legislation and conventions page.
Electricity: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines operates on a 110/230V supply voltage and 50Hz. The power supply in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is 110V, however some of the newer hotels operate at 230V
Fishing and Diving: Fishing and scuba diving is prohibited in protected areas, except with a local guide
WiFi: WiFi hot-spots and 4G mobile networks cover most of the island, where terrain allows.
Scuba Diving: Information
Depending on where you go, St. Vincent and the Grenadines hold something for everyone. For our macro divers, check out “critter corner” dive site where you can find flying gurnards, frogfish, goldspotted eel, arrow shrimp, blenny/gobies, and so much more. For the braver folks, check out the “bat cave” which is a half-submerged cave with hundreds of bats throughout it. Feel like taking it easy? Try “Mustique’s” for a lazy drift dive covering some of the most beautiful, undamaged corals.
- Water Temperatures: Water temperatures consistently in the 70s and 80s
- Visibility: Typically between 60 and 80 ft, but on outer reefs can reach distances of 100+ ft.
- Recommended Wetsuits: 3mm wetsuits are usually all you need.
Best Dive Sites
- 1. The Bat Cave – A shallow rocky passageway cut through the reef that led into a cave chamber inside the cliff. This is one of the most challenging dives in St. Vincent
- 2. Anchor Reef – A spectacular wall dive with lovely coral reef formation. You can spot a variety of eels, squid and seahorses living amongst the gorgonians.
- 3. Layou Wall – An excellent wall dive that drops to 150ft.
- 4. Capital Wrecks – Three shipwrecks, best suited to experienced divers.
- 5. New Guinea Reef – An astounding variety and species of black coral.
- 6. Bequia – Hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, seahorses, pipefish and batfish.
- 7. Mustique – Sloping reefs and coral expanse with spotted drums and banded coral shrimp among other fascinating fish and critters.
- 8. Mayreau Gardens – Crinoids, garden eels and flamingo tongues can be found here. There is also Puruni the wreck of a 1918 British gunship that is lying in only 40 feet of water off Mayreau.
- 9. Tobago Cays – Home to green turtles and you will have an unforgettable time in the water with these wonderful creatures.
- 10. Mopion Reef – A good place to see sharks.
How To Dive
There are a number of dive operators available in St Vincent and the Grenadines that you can either hire equipment from or join for an escorted dive.
Best Time To Dive
Diving is available year-round. July to December is the rainy season, with frequent rain showers.