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Scuba diving in Montserrat

As an often overlooked destination in recent years, the dive sites on this Caribbean Isle haven’t been damaged by overuse and are therefore fantastically colorful and host an abundance of marine life.
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Diving in Montserrat

Quick facts

Although Montserrat may be off the beaten path as far as Caribbean dive destinations go, its underwater scenery is nothing short of amazing. Recent seismic events have had a two-fold effect on local marine ecosystems. First, the added lava flow has helped to rejuvenate previously damaged reefs. Second, the volcanic eruption has kept the tourist crowds at bay, preventing damage from overuse.

Most of the island’s diving is carried out along its protected west coast and around Little Redonda Island, just 10 miles (16 kilometers) away. One of the most popular dive sites is Rendezvous Bay. The site has both a shallow and deep section, but terminates in the most amazing site. That is the opening of a cave home to at least ten different species of bats. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘bat orchestra’ as divers report that the chirping of the bats sounds like music to their ears.

The other most popular dive area is Redonda Island. Here you will find unspoiled marine environments with an abundance of marine life. The six-foot barrel sponges are a site to behold. You can catch a glimpse of these on the same dive that you will find a collection of old ship anchors scattered in a treasure hunt formation.

Divers can expect warm tropical weather year round with waters that range from 79-82°F (26-28°C) and variable visibility depending on the site. While it can rain at any point throughout the year, dry season generally lasts from December to June. July to November brings greater risk of rain and hurricanes. However, you are sure to love diving at any time in the little-visited emerald isle of the Caribbean, Montserrat.

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What to see

Most of Montserrat’s dive sites are boulders encrusted in hard corals and sponges, including barrel sponges reaching six feet in height. Swarms of reef fish live among these now coral reefs. As do huge moray eels, octopus, spiny lobsters, scorpion fish, spotted drums and cleaner shrimps. Sea turtles, stingrays and reef sharks are the big prizes around Montserrat. Although if you are lucky, you might spot a pelagic fish or two lurking in the blue.

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