Location – west coast, off the north Town pier (shore or boat).
Type of dive – shallow dive on harbour bottom and under pier.
Skill level – novice.
Pluses – the pier’s stanchions are festooned with micro life and there are lots of other marine creatures all around as the area serves as a nursery for juvenile fish of all types; even the rubbish on the seabed provides shelter for many interesting critters.
Minuses – the site can only be dived with permission from the harbour master if there are no large vessels docking and you have to be careful where you surface to avoid being trapped between the pier and any docked boats. The blackness under the pier has been known to provoke attacks of vertigo (the best advice is to hang on to your buddy if that happens).
DM Log – entry and exit by steps just south of the pier, vis 10 metres plus, max depth 25′, no current, two seahorses among the detritus on the sea floor together with octopus and moray eels, large tarpon using the dive lights to help them catch their prey, sometimes swimming between one’s legs, profusion of growth on the stanchions with an abundance of bristle worms, lovely flowering coral, anemones, decorated crabs and sponges of many colours – orange, yellow, green and purple. Back beneath tugboat with limited headroom.
Divers on a night dive in the Caribbean Sea
Location – offshore north of island, about 15 minutes from resort (boat).
Type of dive – shallow reef.
Skill level – novice.
Pluses – well organised dives (resort has its own chamber and dive doctors on site), coral in excellent condition with interesting configurations in mini canyons, many nooks and crannies, a lot of marine life both macro and micro in crystal clear water.
Minuses – dive boats are large so there may be quite a few people in the water at the same time even on a night dive.
DM Log – slight chop on surface, max depth 46′, no current, vis 10 metres plus, beautifully coloured corals and sponges all around, delightful topography, squat lobster and spiny lobsters, octopus changing colour, very large crab, sleeping fish in mucus cocoons, many small red shrimp and lots of so called ‘blood worms’ which the polyps were keen to eat. Sea wasps on surface attracted by the dive lights so a speedy exit.