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Dive Review of Dive Fair Helen in
St. Lucia

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by marie rose, PA, usa
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 2845
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
many caribbean locations, california, hawaii, fiji, florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
unbeknownst to us, 45 min was attempted to be enforced by the divemaster
even though we came up routinely with 1500 PSI.  Nothing below 85 feet -
mostly because they didn't want to.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
Not too much available.  There is no dive shop to speak of - they had
recently moved to a new small "room" 500 feet from the dock.  No
photographic equipment available.  There was a freshwater hose on board but
it was empty one day.  There was also an irritating need for the group to
stay CLOSE together - so if you wanted to take pictures - forget it.  We
were probably 40 feet behind and were constantly pretty much reprimanded
for not keeping up.  Tough to take any pictures
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
The good:  Every day they provided lunch and it was home cooked or
purchased local food - VERY good and there was enough for everyone.

They also would pick you up at your resort - getting around in St. Lucia
isn't easy if you don't have a car - and even with a car there's no parking
anywhere anyway.  So this was really convenient.

The bad: The bad is pretty bad.  There's a "pretend" marine park
officer who stops the dive boat every day and they have a little chat. Then
you get under the water and there are fish traps everywhere and THE
DIVEMASTER IS ACTIVELY COLLECTING HIS DINNER - this went so far as to take
a slipper lobster at night and stuff it into the BC of one of the other
divers.

Due to all of the fishing, there's nothing large to see at all - and given
that we weren't allowed to take our time, we couldn't really see the small.
 

The island is absolutely gorgeous - volcanic and dramatic.  You can go for
hikes with a guide (very informative) and there's everything from local
barbecue being cooked in someone's back yard to the big hotel restaurants. 
Lots of shopping and there were some festivals going on while we were
there.  We were never hassled or felt threatened in any way although we
were told to take care when walking at night.


Very beautiful with lots to offer - but not diving.
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