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Dive Review of Wind Dancer in

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Charlene, CA, USA (1 report)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Cayman, Curacao, Tobago, Fiji, Palau, Yap
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
First dives included a 45 minute time limit, toward the end of the week 60
minutes was standard.  Start safety stop @ 750lbs; return to the boat with
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Overall, a great trip and I would not only recommend the Wind Dancer, but I
see myself returning one day.  Very good Caribbean diving, healthy reefs,
beautiful islands, great crew and outstanding food make a very enjoyable

The Wind Dancer originates out of Grenada but most of the diving was done
in St Vincent and the Grenadines.   We started in Grenada, diving around
Isle de Ronde, the first and second day.  We moved to Carriacou on the
second day to pick up a couple of divers who missed their connections in
San Juan.  We spent the next three days in St Vincent waters around Young
Island and Wallilabou Bay.  The islands of St Vincent are gorgeous,
absolutely beautiful!  The first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed
in this area and some of the props are still standing.  

The diving was very good.  The reefs are very healthy, with plenty of fish
life.  In Grenada, we had several turtle sightings and a couple of big
sleeping nurse sharks on Maybouyas Reef.   The Sisters Cave dive site
around Isle de Ronde is an interesting dive.  You go into a very large swim
through but can surface when in it and take a breath of fresh air.    

The first two dives in St Vincent were at Critter Corner, kind of mini-muck
diving.  The site reminded me of an underwater golf course, lots of green
grass with sandy patches.  Divemasters CNN and Victor found flounder of all
sizes, nudibranch, pipe fish, snake and goldentail eels, flying gurnards,
and spotted drums for us to see.  One of the afternoon dives was at Sub
Rock, which was one of my favorite dive sites.  Great reef with lots of
fish activity, with an underwater rock wall (not really sure how to explain
it any other way.)  The rock had some corals growing on it and some
crevices to explore and find my personal favorite porcupinefish but for the
most part was a big rock wall underwater.   

We also did a couple of dives where we started on a steep sloping sandy
wall looking for flying gurnards, seahorses and other small critters.  Once
we found these little guys, we headed to the wall to complete the dive. 
Flying gurnards often walk on their ventral fins, kind of funny to watch.
 I believe these dive sites were Coral Castle and Anchor Reef  by mid
week, I was in full vacation mode and not really logging dives.   

Divemaster Elsie can find about anything and proved it on Indian Gallows
site by finding the smallest decorator crab on soft coral and a pregnant
seahorse.  This was a great late afternoon dive site, not too deep (61 ft)
and lots to see.  We also found a chain moray, spotted lobster and an arrow
crab eating a worm. 

The last dive day included my other favorite dive, Stratmanns wreck - a
great little wreck with lots of critters.  I found, and stalked a colorful
mantis shrimp, very interesting little guy.  My dive buddies spent their
time watching sailfin blenny dance around and looking at the garden eels. 
The wreck is covered with soft corals and lots of fish call it home and you
could easily spend the dive working your way around it.  We also did
another wreck called Lireco, where 3 or 4 stingrays call home.  Its a
little deeper than Stratmanns  max depth 66 feet vs 77 feet  and does
not have the same soft corals or fish life around the boat.  

On the last day you have the option of diving the Bianca C or a reef dive. 
The Bianca C is a deeper dive, I think up to 120+ feet and is one of the
been there, done that dive sites.  I wasnt in the mood and opted for the
reef site.  Divemaster Joel led us on a very nice long last dive of the
trip  finding the only green moray eel of the trip  on Grenadas Boss

A couple of interesting things to know about diving in these waters  I
have never in my life seen so many arrow crabs, spotted drums and spiny sea
urchins (the big prickly guys).  Arrow crabs by the millions, seriously,
and some of these guys are huge!  On one dive, we found a hole with 14
juvenile spotted drums.   They are everywhere, so much that after a few
dives, seeing them is not that big of a deal.  

Dive starts with a briefing on the Wind Dancer.  Once wet suites are on,
you board the tender for the short ride to the dive site.  Travel times
ranged from 1 to 15 minutes.    The divemaster would get in the water to
check the current and then divers would do a simultaneous back roll into
the water.  23 dives were offered including 3 night dives.  

The Wind Dancer has a great crew!  These guys work so well together. 
Running two tenders, with a divemaster and driver on each, keeping our
rooms in order and food on the table is not easy, but they make it look
like it is.  Special thanks to Mark the Engineer who found just the right
tool to open the battery compartment on my second  yes second  dive
computer to burn through a battery on this trip.  Captain Simon and
Divemaster/Instructor/Hostess Andrina round out the wonderful diving crew. 

Last but not least are Chef Ryan and his assistant Natalie.  The food on
this boat is unbelievable!  It is with out a doubt the best food I have had
on a liveaboard.  

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