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Dive Review of Kenneth Dive Center/Marriott St. Kitts Resort in
St. Kitts and Nevis

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Don Jennings, CA, US
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Report Number 6667
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Coast of Northern and Southern California, Multiple islands in Hawaii,
Multiple Locations in Mexico, Florida Keys, Curacao, Grand Cayman.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
50 minutes underwater or 500 lbs left in your tank.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
2 stars   
3 stars    
Kenneth founded Kenneth Dive Center over 40 years ago.  He is very
knowledgeable regarding the ocean, the sites and what to expect to find. 
We dove 5 mornings, two tank dives each day.  It was off-season, so we were
often the only folks on the boat.  His boat has everything necessary to
dive, so there is no stopping at the shop to rent equipment, get sized for
a wetsuit, etc.  It is all there so you can decide what you want while
motoring out to the dive site.  The boat is large and most of it is
covered.  There is no food or towels, but he supplied water.  Kenneth's
cell phone number is posted at his shop and is on the shop's answering
machine so you can contact him anytime to discuss possible dive trips.

He picked us up at the Marriott Resort in a bus, it was about a 5 minute
drive to his boat.  One day he had one diver from a cruise ship so his boat
was at the cruise ship dock, which was about 15 minutes from the Marriott. 

The crew is very helpful, friendly and courteous.  There were 4 crew
members on the boat, even though some days we only had 5 of us diving. 
Some of us left our equipment on the boat (we had 5 people with full
equipment who did) and it was setup when we came back to dive.  Every dive
had a guide in front and Kenneth following to make sure nobody got lost.  

The visibility was not wonderful, 20-60 feet on various days at various
sites.  However, Kenneth knew exactly where to find critters such as sea
horses, grass eels, lobsters, small moray eels, etc.  There were no large
ocean-dwelling creatures such as manta rays, whales, large sharks, etc. We
observed LOTS of very large lobsters and several small sharks.

Kenneth was very receptive to requests such as "can we dive some
wrecks?".  When asked, the next stop would be a wreck.  

In short, while the diving was not as wonderful as other places I have
dove, the boat, crew and owner were exceptional.  

Note:  There were large numbers of Lion Fish everywhere.  Kenneth likes to
eat them so, when there was only a few of us on the boat, and after he
determined we were experienced divers, we speared lion fish for food.

The Marriott is a wonderful resort.  There are several restaurants, some
relatively inexpensive, some very expensive.  The food on the island is
generally expensive, stores are a 15-20 minute drive away and are not very
well-stocked and cost significantly more than the US mainland.  There were
several reasonable and good restaurants a 10-20 minute slow walk away from
the resort.  During the entire week we were there the trade-winds blew,
which made the heat tolerable as long as you were in the wind.

Some of the folks in our group when on a walking tour (which turned out to
be a strenuous hike) of the tropical rain forest on the island.  They
enjoyed it very much.  Other than that we did not explore the island much
and did not do any shopping at the cruise ship terminal so I do not have
any input to offer regarding shopping deals or other activities.

There is a large casino on the Marriott property.  
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Aug 27, 2012 12:49 EST  
Thanks for your review.  I'm staying at the Marriott in Jan. 2013 for a
week after a week on the Caribbean Explorer II liveaboard.  I was planning
on diving with Kenneth, but hadn't seen a recent review.
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