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Dive Review of Bequia Dive Adventures/Tradewinds by the Sea in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines/Bequia

Bequia Dive Adventures/Tradewinds by the Sea, Nov, 2005,

by Francis & Deb Bollag, NY, USA . Report 2951.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Yucatan, Grand Cayman, Dominica, BVI
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions None with computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Onshore facilities are very good. No camera work on boat, not even a bucket for testing.

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 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 40 minutes by ferry from St. Vincent and an underwater world away: Drift dives along very colorful, sponge-encrusted, volcanic walls; large schools of fish; dense soft corals; huge sponges; larger fish. All in pristine condition.

Dive Adventures in Admiralty Bay (the guys with the yellow boats) really cares about their customers. They practice the old Avis slogan: "We're #2. We Try Harder." This is a locally-owned operation and the DM's are full partners: Ron, Laury & Dave. (There's a difference in how owners vs. employees treat clients.) Besides setting up & caring for our gear, they adjusted the dive schedule to fit our needs and even drove us to our hotel when we arrived, lost, at their door.

Bequia's 30 dive sites are located on both sides of the bay's exit. Boat runs are usually 15 minutes max. Seas permitting, there are a few magnificent, advanced sites further away. Boats are small and open but feel roomy. There's no dock, requiring a walk through shallow water to board. Small groups -- we had 6 one day -- but mostly it was just a few of us. When we dove 3 tanks, the divemasters switched off and passed a shared computer so they could monitor the limits of all of their clients' profiles.

Surface intervals are spent back at the shop where they set up a furnished patio and provide Reef ID books and storage for personal items. The shop is conveniently sandwiched between the best roti (The Green Boley) and the best pizza (Mac's) on the island.

They were very generous on the pricing. We started with a small package but continued diving beyond it. As we reached a better package level, they lowered the costs for all of our dives -- including those we'd already paid -- to give us the best deal possible.
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