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Dive Review of Scuba Safari/4 Seasons, Nevis in
St. Kitts and Nevis

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Neil and Leslie Campbell, AZ, USA
Report Number 734
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Maui, Big Island Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No specific facilities for photography on boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Scuba Safari is the de facto dive operation recommended by the Four Seasons
Nevis. Their boat anchors in the bay right outside the resort. Frankly, we
expected more.
2 of the divers on the boat told the captain that it was their first dive
in open water and we informed them that neither of the 2 of us are extemely
experienced divers either (less than 25 dives each). Therefore,they were on
notice that they had a fairly inexperienced group that day. 
The captain gave a very brief but adequate pre-dive briefing. The problem
was, once we hit the water, it was as if the divemaster had not heard the
briefing. The captain said that the divemaster would regularly ask us to
check on our remaining air and would want to know when we reached 1,500,
1,000 and 500 psi. He never asked and one time, as i hit 900, i had to race
to catch up to him and tell him.
The dives we took were pure "reef races". It was kick, kick, kick
and try to stay up with the divemaster. He rarely looked back to see if
anyone had fallen back. Several times i lagged to try to catch a look at
something interesting or to take a photo, only to look up and see him
several hundred yards ahead, swimming along obliviously. 
On one occasion, he came across a scorpion fish resting in the rocks. He
kicked it several times with his flipper until it finally departed it's
resting spot so we could all get a better view. Later, he relentlessly (and
unsuccessfully) chased a puffer for a good 2 or 3 minutes. When we got back
onboard, he told me that he caught it a couple of days ago and "blew
it up". On our second dive, we came across a sleeping nurse shark.
Again, he reached down and prodded it until it scurried away. These actions
showed not only a disrespect for the fish and environment but also could
have endangered the divers.
When i asked the divemaster on the return trip about a number of fish that
we had seen that i was not familiar with, he really couldn't identify any
of them. It seemed that i knew more of the species (on my first carribean
dive) than he did. 
The operation provided no snacks of any kind during their 15 or 20 minute
surface interval. 
I gave the crew a $20 tip (still asking myself why) and nobody even
bothered to say thank you. 
Overall, the diving was ok, but i would not recommend this operation.
However, if you want to dive in Nevis, i am not certain if there are other

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