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Dive Review of Carriacou Silver Divers/Ben & Jenny's Guesthouse in
Grenada/Carriacou

Carriacou Silver Divers/Ben & Jenny's Guesthouse, Jan, 2003,

by Chuck and Nancy Anson, CA, USA . Report 358.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130', 500 psi, 60 minutes, safety stops
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Seperate rinse for cameras if you asked. Crew handled equipment professionally. No seperate camera tables on boat. Film and batteries available in stores but no spare parts for cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments CARRIACOU (pronounced: Kari-uh-coo), Arawak for Island of Reefs is a ninety minutes north of Grenada by ferry. This small island (pop. 8000) dotted with pristine reefs is notable for its great abundance and diversity of underwater life and Max and Claudia Nagel of Carriacou Silver Diving (CSD) take great pleasure in showing it off. CSD is a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm IDC Center that makes diver safety and satisfaction their top priorities. Max (owner/PADI Master Instructor) and Leander (boat captain/PADI Divemaster) were present on all the dives. Both are highly skilled and completely accommodating. Whatever you desire, just make it known and they will try and make it happen. They knew how to attend to those who needed help and let the seasoned divers do their own thing. There were rarely more than 6 divers on a single boat and there was always someone in the boat on the surface to pick you up. Dive restrictions were 130, 500 psi or 60 minutes. Tank fills were always 3,000 psi plus. Entries were back roll and exits were by sturdy ladder. A camera rinse tank was made available upon request. Gear storage was available at the dive shop. It was a short walk across the street to a sandy beach where you waded in waist deep and passed your gear up to the boat driver. Most dive sites were within 5-10 minutes. All dives were preceded by a thorough briefing. Surface intervals were spent on shore. If you were doing an afternoon dive, your gear stayed on the boat and tanks were changed and ready to go again in the afternoon. Rental equipment was well maintained. I got my regulator serviced by CSD and it works better than ever.

We stayed at Ben & Jennys Guesthouse, a fully furnished apartment 12 minutes walk from the dive shop. ($35 US/night) Website: www.grenadines.net/carriacou/bandj.html It had a large kitchen, separate dining area, good sized sleeping area with a comfortable bed and TV. No phone or hot water, but the cold was luke warm so it was tolerable. The second week we stayed at Peace Haven, an upstairs apartment directly on the beach. ($45 US/ night) Phone: 473-443-8365 Same amenities + hot water. Sunsets were beautiful from both locations. We opted to do most of our own cooking and found the stores adequate. Fresh vegetables arrived twice/week by boat and there was fresh bread daily at the bakery. There were plenty of good restaurants in Hillsborough at reasonable prices for those who enjoy eating out.

We flew in and out of Grenada on American Eagle from San Juan. The Osprey ferry between Grenada and Carriacou is a modern, clean and reliable form of transportation. Claudia arranged a taxi tour of Carriacou that proved to be an excellent way to spend our last day on the island. We had originally planned to stay for 10 days but we were having so much fun that we extended our stay another week. CSD Website: www.scubamax.com email: scubamax@caribsurf.com
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