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Dive Review of Scuba Safaris/Marriott St. Kitts Villas in
St. Kitts and Nevis

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Randi Dillow, CA, USA
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Report Number 4887
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Monterey Bay, Sea of Cortez, Cayman Islands, Kona, Belize Atolls, Cozumel,
Bonaire, San Salvador (Bahamas)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return with 500 pounds of air  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
Due to the state of the economy we were committed this spring to only
taking a dive vacation where we could utilize BOTH a timeshare exchange AND
frequent flier miles (about as likely as lightning striking).  A last
minute timeshare exchange came up at the Marriott St. Kitts Villas and
frequent flier seats were available in early June so we made the trip.  The
Marriott St. Kitts (Villas) is a very pleasant, comfortable (if not
luxurious) place to stay.  Renting a car allowed us to get out and see much
of the island, and the car rental agency (Thrifty) also provided us a
rental car when we went over to Nevis for a day at no extra charge.

Prior to leaving for St. Kitts we emailed the four dive operators in the
St. Kitts/Nevis area and received a quick response from all of them.  One
of them was rather negative about the adult rider who wanted to come along
with us every day (Pro Dive, Inc), another (Dive St. Kitts, which is the
only dive operator on St. Kitts who goes out 7 days a week) indicated the
rider would be beached if enough paying divers came along and told us the
boat they would be using that week would not be covered.  Kenneth Dive
Center and Pro Dive, Inc., each take one weekend day off which meant we
would have to change operators if we wanted 6 consecutive days of diving
with one operator (we arrived on a Friday).   Therefore, we opted to dive
with Scuba Safaris on the island of Nevis who picked us up every morning at
9:30 a.m. sharp at Reggae Beach (about a 20-minute beautiful drive south of
the Marriott Hotel) and who let our rider come along at no additional
charge.   They rinsed, stored and set up our gear every day (nothing was
ever forgotten), they served rum punch on the way back to shore and, on the
day we decided to spend the afternoon touring Nevis, they provided us a
place to change at their shop, a ride to and from Charlestown where we
picked up our rental car and a private water taxi back to Reggae Beach for
a very reasonable price.  We had read in a previous Undercurrent report
that Scuba Safaris was a very good operation and we concur. All of the dive
masters were excellent.  We basically had the 34-foot boat to ourselves all

Although the diving is not particularly challenging or renowned, we all
thoroughly enjoyed it.  We saw numerous tarpon, eagle rays, sting rays,
turtles, nurse sharks, dozens of lobsters, slipper lobster, crab, a sea
horse, great barracuda, spotted drums, flying gunards, eels, lots of black
coral, volcano vents and the usual Caribbean reef fish.  We also dove the
wreck of the Christena, a ferry that went down in 1970 which tragically
resulted in the deaths of more than 200 residents of the islands.  Most of
the dive sites Scuba Safaris frequents were along the passage between St.
Kitts and Nevis, and the rides to the sites were very short.  Our deepest
dive was 91 feet (the volcano vents) and our reef dives were in the 25 to
40 foot range.  Visibility was 60 feet on the best days, 40-50 feet on the
worst.  No current.  We found St. Kitts/Nevis to be an extremely enjoyable
dive location, particularly since it has not yet been overrun with tourists
and cruise ships.  

Reggae Beach, where we picked up the dive boat, is a very pleasant remote
spot with a good restaurant/bar and nice beach with beach chairs and
umbrellas for rent by the day.  Wilbur, a 600-lb local pig born in 2002,
lives on the premises (we watched him take a bath in the surf one morning),
along with an orphaned green vervet monkey and his orphaned goat companion.
 We saw a lot of wild monkeys and mongoose on our trip out to Reggae Beach,
a trip we would highly recommend whether you dive with Scuba Safaris or
not.  We also recommend the trip to Brimstone Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage
site with a very impressive view of the two islands and St. Eustatius, and
a trip to the beautiful island of Nevis (2 miles away).

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to St. Kitts and Nevis.  We believe there
are plans in the works to turn St. Kitts into another major cruise ship
destination, but hopefully it will be a few years before that happens.
Right now it is a very beautiful, friendly and enjoyable place to go for a
relaxing dive vacation and Scuba Safaris turned out to be an excellent
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