The warm tropical islands situated in the Caribbean’s provide an ideal holiday for most of us. The Caribbean Sea allure snorkelers, scuba divers, water lovers and nature lovers from all over the world. The islands enables you to combine an active holiday with everything you come to associate with the good live such as eating a fine meal and contemplating your next adventure in a wonderful surrounding. Other ways to spend your time includes playing beach volleyball, taking a guided or solitary walking tour into the pristine wild life, enjoying good shopping, going cliff diving, visiting a old fort and expand your knowledge about this areas rich history – a history that starts long before Columbus and more well know parts of the history as the pirates of the Caribbean. Scuba divers have for a long time seen, the Caribbean Sea as a supreme vacation place when you want an adventure as well as for finding inner peace and finding new energy to tackle problems.
Cat Island is one of the many Caribbean locations that offer great scuba dicing and snorkelling. Cat Island is sited in the Caribbean’s and is located among the myriad of Caribbean islands, islets, reefs and caves. The area around Cat Island is called West Indies, the area was named by Christopher Columbus since he thought he had found a new way to India when he named the area after crossing the Atlantic Ocean on his way from Europe.
Cat Island is offering scuba divers clear waters and high visibility which is appreciated by scuba divers and under water videographers. The waters surrounding Cat Island is calmer then the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea isn't affected much by tidal forces. The water temperature in the Caribbean sea are always enjoyable and usually around 75°F / 24°C, which makes Cat Island perfect for all types of water activities. The Caribbean Sea was in the past famous for piracy and wreck divers can find wrecks in large quantities. Scuba divers how make long dives prefer to use a full wetsuit from December to March, while a short wetsuit is enough during April and November. During the summer, the period May to October, its warm enough to allow you to dive without a dive suit and if you prefer even without any clothes at all because of the high water temperature. The current moves counter-clockwise in the area around Cat Island. The Lesser Antilles is the entry point for the water that enters the Caribbean Sea, The Caribbean sun warms the water. The now warm water leaves the Caribbean Sea through the Yucatan Channel the water then creates a stream of warm water in the Atlantic called the Gulf Stream
The geological history of the area is fascinating and the area was created by volcanic activity in prehistoric times, when hot lava that flowed from the earths inner was being cooled of by the sea. The coral reefs surrounding Cat Island has been the home of for generations of calcium carbonated based corals that created the reefs. A coral needs a suitable surface to attach it self on, lava stone is one such surface. As one coral polyp dies its skeleton is used by other coral polyps to attach them selves on and this is how coral reefs grows. Coral reefs develop best in warm waters the Caribbean Sea and waters around Cat Island offers these conditions. Cat Island offers perfect living conditions for corals, due to the very high visibility. A high visibility combined with the sunny weather allows the corals to get all the sun light they require and the corals use the energy from the sunlight to grow bigger. The coral are unable to synthesise energy through photosynthesis, as a substitute they form relationships with several types of microscopic algae that do the photosynthesise in their place. This relationship is one of many that gives us an idea of how complex this world beneath the surface really is. The water around Cat Island are bustling with marine life. The water allows you to dive with an abundance of fish and a wide variety of soft corals. You can also encounter larger animals, such as sharks and dolphins.