When I think of the biggest adventure in my life, one experience inevitably comes to my mind. Last Fall Mr. B and I spent 8 days cruising the Caribbean Sea. For our second port of call we docked at beautiful St Kitts.

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Basically as soon as you disembark and exit the port, you find yourself in the middle of the bustling city of Basseterre. The island has luxuriant mountain rain forests; uncrowded beaches; historic ruins and towering, long-dormant volcanoes.

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We opted to do something really adventurous and signed up for scuba diving since the island boasts with gorgeous marine life.

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We certainly were not disappointed and cannot rave enough about this experience and the tour company Kenneth’s Dive Center in particular. The company is owned and run by a very humble, yet extremely friendly fisherman and commercial diver. They offered a unique package geared towards those who are not certified, but still want to dive without the restriction of a cord as is the case with snuba diving.

Ken picked us up with his run-down truck at the dock next to the port and drove us to a secluded beach. On our way there he shared a bit about himself and some stories of his previous students. He spoke about diving with so much love and fondness that you were bound to get inspired and excited for what was coming.IMG_0057Once we arrived to a little rustic Timothy Beach and unloaded all our gear, Ken gave us an hour-long, condensed class in basic diving techniques, and explained the details of the gear. He let us practice in the shallow water and made sure we nailed everything he taught us. He was extremely patient and let us take as much time as we needed.cruising-caribbeanOnce we were ready, a boat Lady Peggy picked us up and took us off-shore to the diving spot – Corinthian Ship Wreck site.cruising-caribbeanI was a bit nervous and the pressure on my ears was quite discomforting at first. However, Ken made sure I was at ease and let me dive very slowly giving me tips on releasing the pressure as we dived deeper. Honestly, once I saw the beauty of the underwater world I forgot about all my worries: the colorful fish, spectacular reefs and then a wracked ship appeared like a ghost. We went as deep as 50 ft. While Ken kept a careful watch on us, we were free to explore on our own. It was certainly one of the most memorable moments in my life! Unfortunately we didn’t have underwater camera, but here is a short video to provide the visual.

Ken has over 50 years of diving under his belt. In fact he shared with us that he helped build many of the man-made reefs on St. Kitts. He is a highly experienced and passionate diver who genuinely cares for “his ocean”. When I watched him swim around the reefs, it seemed like it was his second home and he knew every nook and crevice of that underwater wonderland. He let me hold a huge purple conk and a sea star. Naturally, we returned both to their natural habitat. He made everything he can to make my first scuba adventure as enjoyable as possible and for that I will be forever greatful.

Other Things To Do in St. Kitts:

For those who prefer to stay on the land, dry and safe, there are multitude of island tours. My parents-in-law opted for a train tour on St Kitts Scenic Railway that took them for a ride for 18 miles along a narrow gauge line built to transport sugar cane.

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As they reported back, while the ride was certainly scenic, it can be a bit disturbing as the railway is very old and the train was constantly swaying from side to side.

Have you ever been to St. Kitts? What was your favorite part about your trip? 

This post is part of a travel link-up hosted found on Angie‘s, Jessi‘s Emma’s or Andrea‘s blog from the 1st till the 7th.

Written by Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

Welcome to my site! I'm Nano, a serial expat trotting the globe to discover wonderful places and savor the gastronomic treasures of the world. Via Travel With Nano B. I'm spilling my love for travel and detailing my international culinary adventures one lil' blog post at a time. Currently based in Japan, I'm on a quest to explore this magnificent country and share my unique insight with you all. Worldly adventures, gourmet discoveries, cultural experiences, wanderlust photography, savvy travel tips - find it all on my page. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have you here reading!

12 comments

  1. It looks so beautiful! Your pictures are stunning! I loved reading this and felt like I was almost there with you! We cruised the Caribbean a few years ago and it was one of my favourite trips ever. So much beauty and it felt like such an escape! I love your blog Nano and can’t wait to catch up on all your amazing adventures xx

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  2. This isn’t a part of the world I’ve ever been anywhere near, but I’m very keen to! This looks like such an adventure. And I’d take the swaying train over scuba diving any day!

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