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

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Francis & Deb Bollag, NY, USA
Report Number 2951
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Yucatan, Grand Cayman, Dominica, BVI
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None with computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Onshore facilities are very good. No camera work on boat, not even a bucket
for testing.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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

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'

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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