Mustique is a small and specialized island, dotted with fabulous homes. Itís beaches are wonderful and visited by only a few. They give clues to the underwater coral castles that lay beneath the sea. Delighted snorkelers rim the bays, but the real creature treasures are beyond the range of snorkel and mask. Secret gardens of sharks and rainbow runners, of rays and eels, cities of fish in condos of coral. An ancient migration route for whales, in the winter months, whale song can sometimes be heard while diving, but whales stay in the deeper channel waters with their calves.
Located on Endeavor Bay, is the Mustique Water Sports Pavilion, a PADI reaching facility. From there, a 12 person dive boat motors twice a day to one of the more than a dozen regular dive sites. Visibility is high with few exceptions. The water temperature is 80 F in the winter and 82 F in the summer. Seas are higher in the winter months, and most often flat in the summer. Donít touch anything on a dive in Mustique, divemasters are serious about buoyancy control and protecting the reef. It is illegal to spear fish in the waters and also to take shells. Like all good divers, look but donít touch and enjoy the views that few get to see.
One tank dives are the order of the day, and it is not cheap, but for a diver, it is always great to blow some bubbles someplace new. Bequiaís dive operators venture to Mustique sites when the channel waters are manageable. Here are some of the sites famous in Mustique:
Shark Cave: A ten minute boat ride to the south, this deep dive of 90 feet or more is regularly populated with black tipped reef sharks. It is not unusual to see groups of 20 or more animals. Also, common at this site are large sport fish like the Sad, the Cavali and others. ADVANCED DIVE: current and depth.
The Pillories: North of Mustique, a small group of rocks called Pillories Rocks. Entering the water in 14 feet and following the sea mount around the rocks, clockwise, divers are delighted with large populations of reef fish, lobster, turtles, eels and for fans of corals, wonderful healthy populations of corals and a substantial garden of Gorgonians on the far side of the sea mount. BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE DIVE: light currents with depths from 30-75 feet.
Johnas: A barge that didnít make it was sunk on near what
locals call, Montazuma. A reef near open water that comes within
inches of the sea surface, in what looks like clear waters is a great site.
Moderate fish counts in this water, but coral structures that make it look
the an underwater surface of the moon. The wreck lays bow down and
the deck has long since collapsed, so divers can enter with no overhead
obstruction and explore itís 75 foot length. Many small fish populate
the wreck as well as clinging corals and sea fans.
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