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Dive Review of Island Divers/Ti Kaye Village in
St. Lucia

Island Divers/Ti Kaye Village, Jun, 2003,

by Sherri O'Neal, GA, USA . Report 1168.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, Honduras, Hawaii, Caymans
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 65 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Usually followed dive master. Had to surface with 1500psi or within 1 hour, whichever occurred first. Depth limitations too.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We arrived via Delta (non-stop from Atlanta) on the island of St. Lucia and faced a very long cab ride from the airport to the resort. The ride took us on a very scenic hour and half tour in an airconditioned van. Although the roads were a bit bumpy and very narrow. Most of other drivers on the island did not have much regard for safety.


The staff at Ti Kaye Village greeted us at arrival and we instantly felt as though we had discovered the most perfect piece of paradise in the world. The courteous staff walked us to our room where our luggage had already been delivered. Rooms are actually little cottages with huge hammock porches, fabulous private outdoor showers and a gorgeous bed with flower petals and mosquito nets. The cottages are spacious with a gorgeous view from any angle of the beautiful beach or the rainforest. The rooms also come with aircondiitong and a mini fridge. The staff was wonderful and would go out of their way to deliver anything you'd need to your room.
We enjoyed mornings of coffee on the porch watching the gorgeous humming birds in the trees.

Meals were served three times a day. Reservations were needed for dinner. All meals were the best I've every had anywhere. My compliments to the chef, Paul Yellin. If you go, you'll certainly want to buy his cookbook. There was a terrific bar and again, wonderful staff.

There is a pool on site and a gorgeous beach but, be warned, this is not the place to go if you don't like long walks and lots of stairs.

A can of bug spray was in the room but was barely needed as the pests seemed to stay away.

Unlike most carribbean diving we've done, Island Diver's, located on the premises, doesn't get a very early start. Most dives are two tank and they begin their day around 10 or 11am. The guys were nice and accomodating. We could store all gear in a locked area and didn't have to take it back and forth every day. They were having some issues with getting a decent boat for the diving though and at times were a littled stressed out about boat problems. They could've done a better job at keeping that among themselves and being a little more professional.

Once in the water though, they were confident and capable. The diving is better than I anticiapted. Not alot of big stuff but some of the corals appear to be very healthy and lots of smaller life. There doesn't seem to be much regulation on the fising industry and the fishermen would often fish right above a dive sight.

The seas were always calm and flat and there were a few currents-depending on what dive sight you were doing. The sites nearest the big Pitons seemed to have much stronger currents and would be better for the more experienced diver. Most dive sites were a very short boat ride away and a little diving and snorkeling could be done right off the beach at the resort.

A word of advice, do not take the day trip excursion to Castries. The native islanders were rude, pushy and the town was not clean. There were times that I did not feel safe either.

If you stay at Ti Kaye Village, be prepared to do a meal plan there. The road to the resort is long, desolate and bumpy and not one that you would want to travel often. There is more than enough to keep you satisfied at the resort though without leaving.

My husband and I were one of the only couples there at the time that weren't honeymooning. The atmosphere is very romantic, laid back and stress free.
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