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Dive Review of Dive Fair Helen/Ti Kaye in
St. Lucia

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by William Parks, MO, United States
Report Number 1116
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cozumel, B.V.I., Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface at 500 lbs.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Ti Kaye Resort was a stellar part of a wonderful vacation on a beautiful
island.  Located several miles off the main West Coast Highway on an
isolated bay, Anse Conchon, where the protected reef begins and runs down
to the Southern tip of island.  There are 33 cottages, 19 of which are
separate, like the one in which we stayed, and the others are duplexes. 
Each cottage is nestled into the hillside overlooking a view of the
Caribbean Sea. Simple luxury is the theme as the cottages feature wide
slatted Venetian blinds, an open air garden shower, a romantic four poster
bed draped with billowing white curtains and air conditioning, which we
didn't need. The front porch had a table, rocking chairs and hammock,
completely private from any other cottage.  (our cottage was named Hadi.)

The restaurant and bar at the open pavilion was not disappointing.  The
staff was attentive and very friendly.  The owners made themselves
available, especially Jeannie who was particularly friendly and helpful.

We dove with Dive Fair Helen which had a branch at Ti Kaye until the dock
was destroyed in a storm in 2003.  We were reasonably satisfied with their
operation except for one dive master who was so fixed on getting an octopus
to show us from under a rock, as we all hovered around him not really
understanding what he was doing.  He struggled for at least ten minutes not
paying attention to any of us divers.  The creature was dead when we
finally pulled it out.  We had to board the boat by swimming out from the
beach.  However, we rented a car for part of the trip and drove 15 minutes
to Marigot Bay where we strolled onto the boat as it picked up divers who
were staying at various resorts at that beautiful bay.

On Ti Kayes website, it appears that they again have a dive operation
working out of their resort run by the owners of the resort.  This would be
an improvement over the minor inconvenience we had getting to the Dive Fair
Helens dive boat.  

On either side of the beach there is very nice snorkeling, as well as at
least 5 dive sites a minute or two from Ti Kaye.

The diving itself was very good, though not as good as our previous
experiences in Cozumel, Bonaire, and Tortola.  However, the island itself
is spectacular.   Our land experiences were more enjoyable that even those
weve had on Tortola.   We were very happy not staying at the more
expensive Anse Chastanet, where most divers seem to go. It is located near
the Southern end of the island.  We were even happier that we didnt stay
at one of the resorts in the more crowded, touristy Castries and Rodney Bay
areas, although both areas were worth visiting. Ti Kaye Resort is located
about half way between the main city towards the north, Castries, and the
spectacular Soufriere area with the awesome Pitons.  From our location we
had pleasant, beautiful drives along the coastal highway, after a morning
of diving, to either destination for very interesting site-seeing and some
wonderful dining.

Although you have to climb 166 steps down (and later, up) to the beach, it
is a very nice beach early in the morning and later in the afternoon. 
Again, with no other development there.  However, we were disturbed by the
fact that nearly every day, one or two party boats carrying scores of
snorkeling, swimming tourists from Castries docked at Anse Conchon for
several hours.  There is plenty of room, as the bay is large enough,  but
most annoying were the handful of locals on sea kayaks trying to sell those
tourists beads and conch shells constantly blowing their conches to get
peoples attention.  It turned out, however, that we were going either
diving or site seeing ourselves most days during the time those boats
invading the quiet of our isolated resort and private bay.
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