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

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck and Nancy Anson, CA, USA
Report Number 358
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130', 500 psi, 60 minutes, safety stops  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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:  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: email:
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