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Dive Review of Scuba Safaris/N/A in
St. Kitts and Nevis/Nevis

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Marco Accattatis, NJ, 07307
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Report Number 4789
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Barbados, Bonaire, Cozumel, Pennsylvania, Jamaica, North Carolina, Roatan.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
45 min. bottom time or 1,000 PSI, whichever is first.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse bucket on board.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
We dove with Scuba Safaris for 11 days and overall we had a really great
time. Ellis, the owner, is a great guy and always fun to be around. We only
wish we could have dived more with him as he knows the sites like the back
of his hand.

The main boat, the Sea Monkey, is a large and fast 45 ft. Corinthian
catamaran that can accommodate up to 25 divers. On our trip, possibly
because the Four Seasons was closed due to renovations, we never had more
than 8 divers on board. The crew will carry, set up, change, break down,
wash and store your gear for the entirety of your stay so youll never have
to handle your gear except for putting it on and taking it off. Drinking
water is provided after every dive, as well as mask defogger. When the
diving is over, refreshments (sodas, beer, rum punch) are served free of
charge while the boat returns to the dock.
The dive sites are varied and fun. The first dive is usually a 30 min. deep
dive (60 to 90) followed by a shallower 45 min. dive after a 30 min.
surface interval. Most sites are 10 to 15 minutes from the dock unless the
boat needs to pick up divers at Reggae Beach in St. Kitts. We actually took
advantage of the Reggae Beach dock pick up as we spent the last few days of
our trip in St. Kitts but didnt feel like changing operators. While St.
Kitts has 3 dive operators, they tend cater to cruise ship divers, and some
of the divers based in St. Kitts that were diving with Scuba Safaris told
us they had chosen Scuba Safaris because they wanted to avoid the cattle
boats filled with inexperienced cruise ships divers.
On this trip we saw our first Flying Gurnard, as well as various
Barracudas, Nurse Sharks, Puffers, Spotted Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, Tarpons,
and Turtles. The corals had taken somewhat of a beating from hurricane Omar
this past fall and thus there was some sand covering them as well as some
algae. Our favorite sites were Monkey Shoals (where we saw the Flying
Gurnard), The Vents (hot water volcanic vents), Devils Caves (nice lava
flow formations and lots of swim throughs), and the wrecks of the
Corinthian and River Taw. Elvan, the dive guide, is very good at finding
all kinds of things and is lots of fun both above and in water.
Scuba Safaris is nicely located on a small quaint beach near Nevis airport,
next to the Oualie Beach Resort. While we didnt stay at the resort, we
only heard great things about it from divers staying there. The Resorts
restaurant/bar is right by the dive shop and it is basically the place to
hang after diving. Nevis is a very charming and quiet island that,
personally, we preferred over the younger and more party oriented crowds in
St. Kitts. There is a quick (30 min.) car/passenger ferry that connects the
two islands alternatively every hour. There is also a passenger only
service between the two capital cities that takes about an hour. All in
all, Nevis is a great place to visit and we will definitely return to dive
with Ellis and his crew at Scuba Safaris.
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