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

Sea Wolf Dive School/Erindale Guest House, Dec, 2001,

by Dwain Lovett, Texas, USA . Report 93.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Texas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions These were shore dives so depth was not a concern.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 greater.

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 school.com 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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