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Dive Review of Seawolf Diving/Vue Pointe Hotel in
Caribbean (General)/Montserrat

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Brant Shenkarow, CA, United States (3 reports)
Report Number 2947

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Reporter
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, California, Galapagos, Baja, Yucatan, Bay Islands, San
Andres/Providencia, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Caribbean, Thailand,
Philippines, Indonesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Australia,
Myanmar

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 125    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None really.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Montserrat is relatively new for divers.  The north end of the island is
now where it's all happening, since the south end is buried in ash from the
recent volcanic activity.  Fis h are shy, not used to seeing divers, so
good close ups are difficult.  I used my 12-24 and 17-35 mm lens
exclusively after my failed 60 mm first dive.  Good visibility and good
ambient light.  Since most dives are within 60 foot depth, 90 minute dives
are not uncommon.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This is a "new" dive destination.  The old dive sites are gone,
buried in ash.  The north end of the island is the "new"
Montserrat-- new dive sites are being discovered and named weekly.  There
are relatively few divers visiting the island, so now is the time to
practically have the place to yourself...most days I was the only visiting
diver.  The vis and light of the shallow sites are excellent for
photography, as are the abundant and healthy corals, sponges, and animal
life. 

The island is very interesting topside as well.  Recent volcanic activity
has placed, as of June 2006, 60% of the area in an "exclusion
zone," though it's not difficult to find a born-and-bred Montserratian
to be your guide through the devastation.  Walking through the old capital
Plymouth is equally eerie and fascinating...bring your camera and a few
varied lenses.

The island is quiet, not for the party-going Caribbean tourist.  The people
are pleasant and helpful.  There really aren't many good restaurants or
hotels, since the island is just getting started again.  The Vue Pointe is
a 40 year classic, the oldest hotel and restaurant on the island, surviving
the volcano's eruption in the mid 90's.  Even if you stay somewhere else,
do not miss their Wednesday night BBQ.

Montserrat is definitely a worthwhile week's diving destination.
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