Diving in Sombrero
Sombrero Island is located at the northernmost tip of the Leeward archipelago, one of the most remote of the Caribbean’s seven thousand islands . Named Sombrero Island because it resembled a Mexican hat in shape, This ninety-acre islet has no fresh water and almost no vegetation.
Today, after years of mining activity it’s a rocky and flat island with almost straight walls towering over surrounding waters. It’s a home for many seabirds and lizards the only natural habitants of this island with moon like appearance. There are reminds of three light houses which together operated for over hundred of years, warning mariners. Non of Light Houses was operational as we visited the island in April of 2019. The newest, automated light house is out of commission since hurricane Irma in September 2018.
Trip to Sombrero Island takes about 5 hours on sails one way from Sint Martin. We plan it as a 2 days adventure with overnight stay on anchor on west side of this tiny island. Weather is a very important factor in planning for this trip. Water is extremely clear and visibility is always very good. Depth is from 40feet(13m) to about 100feet(33m). Botom configuration is from flat to straight wall with small underwater caves and big boulders scattered around. Perfect habitat for small and large fish. Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, big Groupers, Parrot Fish, Yellow and Black Jacks, Conch snails, a lot of Lanusta and Huge Barracudas. Occasionally through February till April, Humback Whales and pack of dolphins are visiting surrounding waters. It is an incredible experience to hear Whales calling each other while scuba diving. It is a matter of luck to spot them there. But it is an incredible experience to see them in natural habitat.
We had no time to explore all diving opportunities around this island, especially on east side, and there is no guide or official information available. We haven’t heard of any one else offering diving tours to this island.
We offer diving In Sombrero on special request and weather permitting only.