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Dive Review of Sea Wolf Dive School/Erindale Guest House in
Other Locations/Montserrat

December, 2001, an Instant Reader Report by Dwain Lovett, Texas, USA
Report Number 93
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Texas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
These were shore dives so depth was not a concern.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 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
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
This is a small island with a volcano and about 5,000 population.  I didn't
even think about looking for specialized developing.  I just brought my
film back home and had it developed at the dive shop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Montserrat is an Eastern Caribbean island with an active volcano on the
southern end.  There is one dive shop run by a German ex-pat named Wolf
Krebs.  He has all equipment for rent and it is in pretty good shape.  I
brought my own regulator/computer and mask/snorkle but could have rented
them.  He is a PADI certified school and I took a Peak Performance Bouyancy
lesson (went from 29 minutes at 24' to 57 minutes at 24' and dropped from
17# of weights to 10#.)  

I am a beginning diver, having been certified in Dallas August, 2001. 
These were both shore dives since Wolf pulls his boat for the winter
months.  During the summer it is moored and the options for diving are

The first dive at Potato Hill Reef was very easy and relaxed. The second at
Woodlands Beach was more interesting but much more surge. 

The sand is black volcanic sand. The reefs are healthy and lots of fish. 
Dry entertainment comes from touring the volcano sites. The Montserrat
Volcano Observatory (MVO) can arrange special tours for you.

The best thing is the liming.  The pace of life here is 25% of the US and
the people are great with virtually no crime.  There are many guest houses
or villas to rent at very reasonable rates.  Our 8 days at Erindale with
most meals, including Christmas dinner, came to less than $750 total!
Christmas will find us on Montserrat again this year, liming and diving.

To get there you fly to Antigua and take the helicopter or ferry to
Montserrat.  Unless you are very cold natured, leave the wetsuit at home. 
This is a vacation to lime, dive as a second objective and experience the
Caribbean the way it used to be. 

E-mail me if you want more or contact Wolf at krebs@seawolfdiving to sign up for his newsletter.  The last two trips there I got
to witness the volcano's power, sending pyroclastic flows 1 and 2 1/2 miles
into the air. An incredible sight!  And yes, you are safe.  Just stay out
of the exclusion zone.

Montserrat is an adventure and a dive you will never forget.  But it is a
trip for the adventurer not the luxury seeker.
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