Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island chain laying on the southern part of the Lesser Antilles arc, just south of Saint Lucia.

It is made up of a main island, Saint Vincent, and 31 smaller islands and cays, the largest among them being Bequia, Union Island, Canouan and Mayreau.

Snorkeling with sea turtles in the Tobago Cays
The Tobago Cays, especially Baradal Island, are one of the best spots in the Caribbean to swim with sea turtles

Excellent snorkeling spots can be found all over the islands. Mayreau and Canouan, fringed by coral reefs, are some of the best islands of the Grenadines for shore snorkeling.

It is also possible to snorkel from the beach in Union Island, particularly at Chatham Bay, where cushion sea stars abound.

If you stay in Bequia, don’t miss the short boat trip to Devil’s Table, a shallow reef full of sponges, sea fans, lobsters and tropical fish.

Snorkeling in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
(left) Blue tang at Chatham Bay (right) View of St Vincent island, at the northern end of the archipelago

However, if you are visiting the archipelago, you should not miss the trip to the Tobago Cays.

Home to protected reefs and sea turtles in huge numbers, these 5 picture-perfect, idyllic islands are the ultimate snorkeling destination in the Grenadines.

When to go snorkeling Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Snorkeling in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is great year-round, as it enjoys a tropical climate, tempered by trade winds.

The temperature stays fairly constant throughout the year, with an average temperature of 80°F/27°C.

A dry season, from January to May, can be distinguished from the wet season (May to November), with July experiencing the most rainfall.

Warm and humid
Warm and sunny

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