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St. Vincent

Listed under Islands in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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St. Vincent island is the largest of an arc of lush volcanic islands in the Lesser Antilles. It has become more popular for visitors over the last few years because of its use as a location in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' trilogy (most of the scenes were shot at Walliabou.) This island has reefs perfect for diving and snorkelling, a tropical rainforest coated interior waiting to be explored on foot or two wheels and calm blue oceans and pretty harbours waiting to be sailed.

The island's highest mountain is the active volcano, La Soufriere, responsible for the deaths of 2,000 people in 1902 - if you like a bit of peril to your paradise. There are many interesting volcanic rock formations along the coastline, caused as the lava has hardened, for when you're tired of pale sandy beaches.

St. Vincent is also home to varied marine life including six species of dolphin and several kinds of whale. The island's economy survives on banana farming and tourism.

St. Vincent's British colonial past of violent revolts and the natural disasters caused by La Soufriere and regular violent hurricanes have restricted population growth: predominantly made up of the descendants of African slaves and English colonialists.

St. Vincent Tourism Site.

Written by  Lindsay Drury.

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“St Vincent: Sail fast, live slow in these Caribbean islands”

By Tamsin Kelly for The Telegraph First Published 21 Sep 2009 I'm sitting on the rim of a volcano, my feet dangling beneath me. La Soufrière on the Caribbean island of St Vincent is still active; it last erupted in 1979, clouds of grey ash showe… Read more...

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“St. Vincent”

I would rather spend time here than on St. Lucia, the people aren’t that friendly, but there is some great diving, especially on the north-eastern (windward.) side. The ocean swell is fantastic if you, like me, enjoy seeing schools of large fish. It a… Read more...

Written by  Ian Wilson.

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Alp Maritimes Marine Sports Institute

Alp Maritimes Marine Sports Institute caters to every sort of scuba diver. The school is highly skilled in both recreational and technical diving instruction, with National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) certified instructors. It comes recommended by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ministry of Tourism and Culture for its professionalism and the huge variety of unique marine life you can experience through its programs.

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