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Dive Review of Scuba Safaris/Villa Sans Souci (private villa) in
St. Kitts and Nevis/Nevis - Oualie Beach

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Hugh E Aaron, VA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5573
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Little Cayman, BVI, Hawaii, Mexico, St. John, Saba, Bonaire, North
Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Channel Islands, Dominica, Grand Cayman,
Abacos, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
 Group led dive. First dive: 70 foot range for 30 minutes, signal at
½ tank and head back to the boat together.  Second dive at 30-40
feet. There was freedom to explore away from, but in sight of the group.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
We did not bring our camera but fresh water rinse was provided for those
who did.  They were generally happy with the accommodations and their
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
 This was a first class operation.  Laid back is the best way to describe
it.  It was easy diving at its best.

We signed up for 6 two-tank dives. We dove as a group, usually between 4
and 8 divers led by a guide.  First dives were usually in the 70 foot
range, although some sites went to 100 and some were up at about 50.  We
spent about 30 minutes on the first dive, and were instructed to signal at
½ tank and turn around to head back to the boat together. 

We visited hot vents, wrecks and deeper reef sites and in 12 dives, never
repeated a site. The second dive was in the 30-40 foot range, on shallow
reefs, usually 40 to 50 minutes.  Again, we dove as a group with a guide
and surfaced together.

Safety stops were encouraged and our guide was absolutely on top of things.
 That said, there was ample freedom to explore around on your own  away
from, but in sight of the group.  Some divers ventured deeper than the rest
of the group.  Admittedly, we were there during the low season, so we had a
smaller group, but the boats were very accommodating to divers with ample
room for set up and gear storage.  

 Speaking of set up, we did not have to do a thing.  On our first dive, we
carried our gear down the dock and did not have to handle it after that. 
The guys switched our gear rinsed it at the end of the dives and stored it
until the next day we came back.  We showed up and it was set up, ready for
us to go.  It was the easiest diving weve done. 

The visibility was usually around 30-50 feet, not the best in the
Caribbean.  However, the water was spa warm, and the critters were
plentiful.  We saw lots of morays, nurse sharks, lettuce slugs, bristle
worms, a few turtles, lobsters, and schools of tropical fish.  The hard
corals were scarce, but there were lots of sponges and soft corals.  Our
guide made sure to point out the interesting finds.

This diving was good for divers of all experience levels.  It was
incredibly enjoyable.  Nevis is a great place and Scuba Safaris is an
excellent operation!

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