Canouan Island Dive Centre is located in the heart of The Grenadines. The dive shop provides scuba diving excursions to suit all levels of ability - from complete beginners to experienced divers. It offers a flexible schedule to meet all requirements such as a two-tank dive in the morning and a sunset adventure to explore the marine life as light fades. New ScubaPro wetsuits are available in all sizes along with a selection of fins, masks and snorkels. It goes without saying that the PADI dive shop is fully insured and has also received numerous awards for excellence.
Dives sites include:
The Steps: This dive starts on a plateau at a depth of about 20ft then the seabed gradually slopes down to 60ft giving divers the perfect chance to look out for snappers, eels and turtles.
Charlestown Reef: A continuous reef on the outer side of Charlestown Bay with plenty of crevices and cracks making it an ideal home for a myriad of small sea creatures. This is recommended as a great dive for beginners and photographers.
Gibraltar: With an array of marine life including horse eye jacks, barracudas, mackerel, southern rays and lobsters, Gibraltar is made up of five pinnacles that start at a depth of 30-40ft before descending to100 ft. making it a great challenge for more advanced divers.
Bachelors Reef: This dive starts in the shallows and then drops down to 60-80ft giving divers an opportunity to spot lobsters, octopus and, if lucky, a nurse shark too.
Glossy: Located on the northern side of Canouan airport, the dive immediately drops down to 60ft and has numerous shelves and coral. This is home to a host of beautiful tropical fish including green morays, porcupine fish and ocean tiger fish. Thirty minutes into the dive you reach boulders which form a different habitat, creating excellent swimming troughs attracting large lobsters and tarpons.
H.M.S Purina: Thought to be the wreck of an English warship that misjudged the reef, the 100ft-long dive site lies off the island of Mayreau at a depth of 40ft. It’s a perfect home for marine life as most of the ship has deteriorated leaving only a skeletal outline of the warship. However, the bow and stern of the wreck are relatively intact along with the captain’s toilet – a favourite spot for divers to photograph!
Mayreau Gardens: A popular site 40 -60ft deep with various dives to select as the ‘garden’ has ridges creating hills and valleys as well as walls, stunning coral and sponges and a chance of seeing eagle rays and barracudas. This drift dive means that the current sweeps you along making it accessible for most divers.
The Horseshoe Reef: This reef acts like the Great Barrier Reef of the Caribbean, protecting four of the Tobago Cays and is home to green back hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles. It’s shallow inside the curve of the reef and deeper and more dramatic on the outside.