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Dive Review of Dive St. Kitts/Marriott Resort & Vacation Club in
St. Kitts and Nevis/St. Kitts

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jane Huessener, CA, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5165
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Many Caribbean islands, Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, Hawaii, Fiji, Palau,
Yap, Chuuk, Bora Bora, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Our group consisted of 4 family members, including several beginners, so we
dove our own profile, which was conservative.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Dive St. Kitts is a pretty small operation without the usual separate
camera rinse tanks; however, as soon as they saw my camera there was a
special rinse tank prepared just for me.  Can't argue with that kind of
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
2 stars    
The object of our diving on this family vacation (including 4 adults and 3
children) was to get our 47 year-old daughter certified (at last) and get
her several additional days of experience in diving.  The first couple of
days (during her open water certification dives) the water was choppy and
murky, thanks to a rain storm they'd had the previous days.  However, the
last 2 days were excellent with smooth water and visibility up to 100 ft. 
Reefs were healthy, diving was comfortable and easy.  There were more fish
than I've seen in some more known Caribbean dive destinations.  Lots of
flamingo tongue sea snails.  We never had more than 1 or 2 other divers
with our group of 4.  The most interesting dive was on a 144 ft freighter
at about 40 ft--the MV River Tau--sunk as an artificial reef in 1985.  The
wreck was covered with colorful corals and sponges and lots of fish, some
arrow crabs, etc.  We were very impressed with Mike, who runs the dive
operation owned by a local non-participating lawyer.  He was patient,
efficient, safety conscious, helpful and friendly.  Although the boat was
simple and required a back roll, Mike had it outfitted with descent and
ascent lines and other safety equipment that often is not resident on the
more sophisticated dive boats.  Boat rides were 5-10 minutes from the dive
shop dock.  Driving the boat was Cap'n Crabby, a colorful guy who delights
in trying to act crabby but was really a sweetie who insisted on carrying
all of my gear to and from the boat each day.  There are not a lot of dive
sites and some are in the shallow range, but this is a great place for
beginner divers and those more advanced who are just happy to be underwater
while sharing a tropical vacation with beginner or non-diving family and
friends. The 10-minute transfers to and from the resort were free and on
time with a local taxi service. All in all, diving with Mike at St Kitts
and the healthy reefs came as an unexpected surprise since the only reason
we planned to dive on this trip was to get our daughter certified and
hooked on diving!

Regarding the resort, we are part of the Marriott Vacation Club so traded
into their resort at St. Kitts from our place in Hawaii.  The resort itself
is situated on the wrong side of the island and the wind was strong most of
the 9 days we were there.  We were unhappy with the attitude of many of the
restaurant employees who consistently showed their lack of interest in
providing any service.  But the diving is on the other side of the island,
so escapes the whipping wind that blew chairs and trash into the pools,
etc. at the resort.  The beach is lovely (tho windy) and there are a couple
of areas where the little ones can learn to snorkel and see pretty fish in
2-3 feet of water.  Get 'em while they're young, right?
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