Wind Surf’s popular scuba diving program in the Caribbean has been expanded with new double-tank dive sites in Dominica, Grenada and St. Martin. Windstar Cruises’ elegant 312-guest motor sailing yacht Wind Surf offers some of the best diving in the Caribbean on reefs teeming with marine life.
“Sailing on the Wind Surf is an ideal opportunity to combine the adventure of diving with relaxation on a luxury ship,” says Diane Moore, Windstar’s vice president of marketing and sales. “If one-half of a couple isn’t interested in diving, there is plenty to entertain them while their partner enjoys the diving excursions. “
The shores of Dominica are well-known for excellent diving and the ship’s stop in Roseau allows for two dives in the Scottshead Marine Reserve. The first dive at L’Abym takes divers to a vertical wall dropping to more than 800-feet in some places and teems with schooling reef fish. The second dive site, called Champagne, is located in a freshwater hot spring offering a unique experience diving with geo-thermal vents pumping up air bubbles and hot water.
In Grenada, two dives in Flamingo Bay center around impressive rocks covered in rock fans, gorgonian bushes, barrel sponges, and coral fingers ending in a sandy white bottom. Divers may see a great variety of marine life here including sergeant majors, yellow stripe grunts, goatfish, lobster, eels and small octopus.
At the Wind Surf’s stop in St. Martin, divers will transfer over to the Dutch side of the island where a local dive operator will choose two dive sites. Divers will descend down a mooring line onto the top of the reef. Diving in this area is known for close encounters with reef sharks, nurse sharks, hawksbill turtles, stingrays and possibly dolphins.
Scuba diving enthusiasts can take advantage of Windstar’s “Dive the Five” package offered at $350 for five one-tank dives. A Discover Scuba Diving program, as well as a PADI Advanced Open Water Course and Adventures in Diving program are also offered.
The Wind Surf’s southbound itinerary roundtrip from Bridgetown, Barbados visits Bequia, Grenadines; Roseau, Dominica; Pigeon Island, St. Lucia; Mayreau, Grenadines; St. Georges, Grenada; and Tobago. The northbound itinerary roundtrip from Barbados visits Charlestown, Nevis; St. Martin; St. Barthélemy; Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe; ëles des Saintes; and Pigeon Island, St. Lucia. The two itineraries are ideal for combining into a two-week cruising vacation.
Windstar’s scuba diving program is also offered on the msy Wind Star in Costa Rica and the msy Wind Spirit sailing out of St. Thomas in the Caribbean.
As part of the line’s Degrees of Difference initiative, another multi-million dollar investment will be made in all three ships in 2006 and 2007. For the Caribbean season, the Wind Surf will be fresh from a five-week work period in the fall with remodeled bathrooms in all staterooms, two new deluxe suites and the Yacht Club, the new hub of the ship with computers, Internet, espresso bar, books and movies, flatscreen TV and comfortable seating.