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Dive Review of Pro Divers, Inc./Marriott in
St. Kitts and Nevis

Pro Divers, Inc./Marriott, Feb, 2006,

by Eric, IL, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 2332.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Hawaii, Cozumel, Florida, various Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay w/ Divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 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 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No separate rinse tank for shutterbugs but since no one on the boat brought a camera, no one made any special requests.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Pro Divers responded to my request for availability and a price quote right away. I'm still awaiting a response from Kenneth's Dive Shop. Pro Divers' driver picked me up at the Marriott & got me to their dock in town in good order and for no extra cost. Their 38' dive catamaran is comfortable & roomy but there is no cover and no head.

The 1st 2-tank featured owner Austin, divemaster Charlie (soon to depart for the Odyssey in Truk), deckhand Germaine & just 3 guests. We motored about 20 min. north of the harbor entrance to an un-named spot opposite the island's school of nursing. Good vis and a profusion of tube sponges awaited. All the usual Caribbean fishes were present. Austin, Charlie & 1 guest were after lobster but got nothing. The 2nd dive was at the last coral ridge north of the previous sight before the reef plunges off into the depths. More good vis and nice sights. Five lobster were taken. I was coming to the conclusion that this was just the average Caribbean dive location I had been told to expect but I saw plenty of critters I do not always see, including a couple of squid. This was turning into a good dive location & I was glad I had another 2-tank scheduled.

The 2nd 2-tank a couple of days later included 5 of us from the Marriott, 2 from a cruiseship in port for the day & a 4 others who were staying elsewhere on the island. The first dive was at Brimstone Shallows a 15 min. ride from the dock & not too far outside the mouth of the harbor. Features included more good scenery, including a big grouping of blue chromis and lots of good coral (for the Caribbean). The 2nd dive was at the wreck of the River Taw. One or more other dive operations were on site so things got crowded. I spotted a burr fish that Austin immediately grabbed so it would puff up. I kept future sightings of critters to myself. Eleven divers on the boat did not make things too crowded. Short trips to the divesites made things easier.

This is an organized operation that provides good services but those looking for all the amenities should look elsewhere. Staffing was more than adequate to meet customer needs. Austin and his crew are very friendly and very knowledgeable.

The Marriott is the only familiar chain hotel on island & it is a big one - more than 600 rooms. Still, the grounds are large enough that you do not feel too crowded. Service was a bit indifferent at times & we had snacks there but chose to dine elsewhere. Resort prices were in full force & effect. Prepare to spend some major coin on taxis if you really want to see St. Kitts. There is plenty for non-divers to do and there are some great spots to eat on the island, both casual & more upscale. The fact that Nevis is just a 45 minute ferry ride away makes for even more to do & see.

Pro Divers shares its location with Fisherman's Wharf, a seafood dinner place. We had two good meals there.

Don't call your dive buddies & plan a trip to St. Kitts just for the diving but if you are headed there for some quality time in the Caribbean, pack some of your diving gear & plan a trip or two with Pro Divers, Inc.
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