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

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Eric, IL, USA
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2332
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Hawaii, Cozumel, Florida, various Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay w/ Divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
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

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,
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