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

Scuba Safaris/Villa Sans Souci (private villa), Jun, 2010,

by Hugh E Aaron, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 5573.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas 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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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 photgraphs.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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