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Dive Review of Bequia Dive Adventures/The Villago Apartments in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by stan wilson, md, usa (2 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4325
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California (Monterey, Channel Islands, LaJolla), Flower Garden Banks,
Florida Keys, Caribbean (Bonaire, Tobago, Saba, Dominica, Little Cayman),
Bahamas (San Salvador), Grand Turk, Kona, Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, New
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
I did two morning dives, each an hour long.  I saw no reason to go deeper
than 100 ft, but could pushed it, if there were a reason.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
No special arrangements for photography.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
August is a slow season; and for the 12 dives I did that week, I only had
one additional diver for about a third of the dives.  And with just about
all dives being drift dives (due to the prevalence of currents), I
frequently went out with just the dive master and a boat captain.  Ron,
Laury and Ashley were very professional and friendly in their capacities as
dive masters and boat captains.  I had great personal service.   

We would load the boat from shore and proceed anywhere from 10 to 25
minutes to the sites.  While the boat was open, there was an ample canvas
sun shade.

The corals were healthy, small fish and critters varied, and the
environment in good shape.  When asked 'what has changed in your 15 years
of working here?', Laury said that the big stuff has generally been fished
out.  Even so, on several dives, we had a 6-ft tarpon swimming along with
us for a good while.

The highlight for me were the octopi.  Told that this was mating season, I
saw an octopus on three dives - one for brief moment until he slipped into
a crack, but another time I was able to stay with one for 10 minutes and
see him do a variety of color changes, including flashing all white when he
appeared unhappy.  On my last dive I saw a pair of mating octopi and was
able to stay with them for 10 minutes, again seeing the larger one (about
18 inches tip to opposite tip) flash all white.  If you like octopi, try
Bequia in August.  

I went with a non-diver, and we enjoyed the stay at the Village Apartments.
 Our apartment (#7)- one bedroom with a kitchenette - was clean, cheerful,
and comfortable - with all of the comforts of home!  As with the diving
operation, I highly recommend it!  The porch of this particulart unit has a
great view of the beach, ocean, and sunsets over the water.  We would
typically make our own breakfast and lunch, and then choose between a half
dozen or so bar/restaurants within easy walking distance.   

We got to Bequia by flying in to St Vincent, taking a taxi to the ferry
terminal, and then boarding a ferry for an hour-long ride.  

Our only problem was on the last morning.  We had scheduled a pick up with
Chris Olliviere for 6:10 AM Saturday morning so we could catch the 6:30
ferry. He had been more than happy to get paid for a 2+ hour tour of the
island the previous afternoon, and he said that we could depend on him
being there to pick us up the next morning.  But he was a NO SHOW, even
though I called him at 6:15 AM to remind him.

We were indebted to George (the owner of the Village Apts) for having heard
us talking outside while we were waiting for pick up, and then getting up
himself to drive us to the ferry in time.  If we had missed that particular
ferry, we would have had to take a later flight out of St Vincent and
missed a connection in San Juan, forcing us to spend the night there and
getting home a day later. 

Bequia is a hidden gem of an island.  Interesting things to see and do
topside, and good diving below.  I understand that for 4 or 5 months in the
winter it becomes a sail boaters haven, with a peak over the Xmas/NY
holidays.  But for the slow season, we had it all to ourselves and
thoroughly enjoyed it.
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