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

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Sherri O'Neal, GA, USA
Report Number 1168
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, Honduras, Hawaii, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Usually followed dive master.  Had to surface with 1500psi or within 1
hour, whichever occurred first. Depth limitations too.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
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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