Things to do in Nevis
Apart from relaxing on the beach, beside the pool or in a hammock slung between two palm trees, Nevis offers a good range of outdoor activities.
Choose from a range of guided hiking tours to explore the lush natural beauty of Nevis. Follow marked trails through lush rainforest brimming with flowering plants such as bougainvillea and hibiscus to hidden waterfalls, ruins of colonial-era sugar mills, lush rainforest and deserted beaches. Along the way look out for monkeys, hummingbirds and multi-coloured butterflies.
The most challenging hike on Nevis is to the summit of Mount Nevis, recommended only for those who are fit. Book a guide and pack a picnic lunch for the 5-hour hike; be rewarded for your efforts with stunning panoramic vistas over the islands of Antigua, Saba, St Eustatius, St Kitts, Guadeloupe and Montserrat.
Tee-off at the scenic 18-hole championship course at the Four Seasons Hotel. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, who lauded it as "… the most scenic golf course I've ever designed", the course unwinds across pristine manicured fairways with panoramic ocean and mountain views at every turn.
Scuba diving and snorkelling
Choose from several excellent dive sites including: Monkey Shoals, a reef dive featuring nurse sharks, angelfish and turtles just 3km offshore, west of the Four Seasons Hotel; Champagne Garden, featuring an underwater sulphur vent teeming with colourful reef fish; Coral Garden, with schools of Atlantic spadefish and large sea fans at a depth of 21m; and the Caves, a series of coral grottoes that are home to squirrelfish, needlefish and turtles.
Local dive centres offer dive safaris and provide equipment and PADI certification courses. The best spot for snorkelling is off Pinney's Beach and in the waters of Fort Ashby; most resorts provide equipment free to guests.
Hook up a deep-water charter to catch wahoo, dorado, tuna, blue and white marlin, sailfish, kingfish and billfish.
Island hopping to St Kitts
Hop on the local ferry and explore neighbouring St Kitts, Nevis' sister island. Slightly more commercial, St Kitts is famous as the first permanent English settlement in the Caribbean. The island then served as a base to settle neighbouring Caribbean islands for Britain.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the site of the largest fortress ever built in the Eastern Caribbean and an 18th century battleground between opposing British and French forces. Discover the island’s lush natural beauty on foot or horseback.
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