SNUBA Diving St Kitts

Posted on March 12, 2013 by

When we first heard we were going to try SNUBA-diving off the Caribbean coast of St Kitts we didn’t know what to expect. As certified scuba divers, we were quite skeptical about this new sport. We had the preconceived idea that it would be limiting and we wouldn’t be able to see as much as we would while scuba diving. But it turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise.

On our SNUBA experience with Kantours, our tanks were attached to a raft which could be pulled along as we explored the reef underwater. Each tank was shared by two divers, limiting the time that the group can spend underwater (usually a maximum of 25-30 minutes). The best thing about SNUBA is that only minimal gear is required – it felt exactly like scuba diving without the heavy gas tank.

Mask, fins, weight belt, harness and regulator were the only equipment that we needed. The lack of BCD and tank on your back was a big relief, making the experience feel more like snorkeling or free-diving. The fact that we were physically attached to a floating device made it easier for the dive master to control the group.

I found it easy to navigate without the weight of a gas tank and soon we were swimming alongside big coral fans and colorful parrot fish. Our diving guide even pointed out a hawksbill turtle to us and we stared in awe as it swam slowly alongside us. We also spotted a beautiful aero crab, a spider-like marine creature that tiptoed its way in our palm like an underwater insect.

On the other hand, there were some disadvantages to SNUBA from our perspective. The hose limited the maximum distance that we could swim away from the raft (usually around 6 meters/20 feet). This means that we wouldn’t be able to dive at our own pace nor go deeper than 20 feet. The constant pulling also felt somewhat uncomfortable. There was also the possibility of entanglement with other divers’ hoses so we had to be constantly aware of other divers’ positions.

Uncertified divers would be happy to know that SNUBA does not require a diving license and is a great alternative to snorkeling. If you are curious about scuba diving but don’t want to enroll into a one week course just to realize it’s not your thing, we highly recommend giving SNUBA a go.

Would we try it again? Hell yeah! 

 Wikimedia photo by Jim Mayfield

Disclaimer: This experience was made possible by St Kitts Tourism and Kantours, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

About Alberto Molero

Alberto Molero is the co-founder, photographer and designer of WildJunket. With an infectious sense of adventure, he’s fed his adrenaline cravings with scuba-diving trips in Borneo, wildlife jaunts on the Galapagos Islands and hiking expeditions to Iceland and Australia. He constantly dreams of living on the beach and going surfing all day.

10 Responses to “SNUBA Diving St Kitts”

  1. Tristan March 12, 2013 10:32 am #

    I've been wondering about this. I've been on Cozumel for a month now and am an avid snorkeler but not a scuba diver. There are a couple SNUBA outfits here and I was wondering if it would be worth trying out. Hmmmm… Thanks for the writeup!

  2. Erica March 12, 2013 7:56 pm #

    This is awesome because for some reason, assisted base jumping doesn't scare me, but scuba diving kind of does. I'll have to look around for it next time I'm in a beachy location :)

  3. Ellen @ Villas Italy March 13, 2013 3:57 am #

    Very nice..!! This is awesome. I really enjoyed it a lot. Snuba is therefore best used in areas where wind, waves and current are negligible. Thanks for sharing this great post with us. So worthy information you have shared here.

  4. carolwilliams24 March 13, 2013 11:25 am #

    Definitely gives me the idea on how we will spend the summer this year! Oh yeah! It’s going to be a big family scuba diving thingy! ^_^

  5. T.J. & Charlotte March 13, 2013 8:46 pm #

    Wow, I've never actually seen a photo of this. It actually doesn't look that bad. I can see how it would be much easier to move around and control your body than scuba.

  6. Arianwen March 17, 2013 8:04 pm #

    Interesting concept! I think the tangled hose issue would petrify me, but I guess you're never that far from the surface so it's not such an issue. I'd love to try it sometime!

  7. Visa USA March 17, 2013 9:03 pm #

    Yay, it looks fun to try snuba diving this summer!

  8. crazysexyfuntraveler March 18, 2013 3:18 pm #

    It was really a fun thing to do apart from my earache!

  9. GetACarHire March 22, 2013 2:02 am #

    Yup it would be lots of fun to try snuba driving in summer. Thanks for this awesome post.

  10. oslob whale shark July 16, 2013 4:13 am #

    That was a good place to have a diving expedition, the water is clear and low current.

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