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Dive Review of Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines/St. Vincent

January, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Todd Lichtenstein, NJ, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5345
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire,Cayman Brac,Little Cayman,Belize,Galapagos,Lembeh,Florida
Keys,Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions,just your computer limits and your air  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
[None]St. Vincent

This is the best macro diving I have ever seen in the Caribbean. Getting
there is a schlep and takes 12 to 14 hours from the east coast. LIAT was
its usual tardy self. Flight was 2 hours late from St. Lucia to St.
Vincent.  All of our bags did arrive along with us, however.

We stayed at Sunset Shores and dived with Dive St. Vincent. The hotel is a
little overpriced and needs some renovation especially in the rooms where
some of light fixtures were damaged and needed to be replaced, the closet
doors were off their tracks, and some of the furniture (e.g. dresser) was
cheesy.  However, the beds were firm and comfortable, everything was clean,
and the a/c worked. There was an in-room safe, but it was placed on such a
high shelf in the closet that people of average height had to stand on a
chair to access it  a minor but constant annoyance.  The food was good
although the service was often glacial. We checked out Beachcombers next
door and Mariners down the beach. They both would make good choices.
Mariners has a very good French restaurant which gave a 20% discount to all
hotel guests. Rooms at Mariners are being renovated and appeared nice but a
little austere; rooms at Beachcombers are very nicely furnished.  Sunset
Shores had the nicest pool/beach/outdoor area of the three.  All three are
within walking distance of Dive St. Vincent.  At low tide divers can take
the shorter way, just a couple of minutes along a narrow stretch of sand
(and, if coming from Beachcombers or Sunset Shores, over some treacherous
jagged steel beneath a pier  make sure your tetanus shot is current); at
high tide, you must walk up a short but steep hill and along the road,
which can take 10 minutes or so.  Dive St. Vincent will pick you and your
gear up at your hotel on the first day and bring you back on your last day
of diving, but other than that they do not gladly offer to assist with
transportation between hotel and dive shop.

None of the dives were very deep; the deepest we dove all week was 65 feet
most lasted 60 to 70 minutes. Dive St. Vincent has 3 boats, all very fast
and none with full sun shades. We dived on two out of the 3 boats. One had
a cuddy cabin and a roof over the helm area. The other boat had a roof over
the helm area mid ships.  Except for one day when there were only three
divers plus Bill and divemaster D.J., there were between 5 and 8 divers
and, regardless of which boat we were on, it was crowded, awkward and
uncomfortable.  Some of the dive sites are a 30 minute trip from the dive
shop.  There is one two-tank trip per day, usually starting late, about
9:30 a.m., which means that youll be lucky to get back in time to have
lunch around 2:30. This also makes doing an afternoon dive almost

Bill Tewes, the owner of Dive St. Vincent, led all the dives and he has an
uncanny ability to find small critters. Bill can be cantankerous and seems
to enjoy hectoring his customers almost as much as he does finding
critters. There is no crew on the boat during the dive. They are all
underwater. We were cautioned not to leave anything of value on the boat
including wallets and hotel keys. Apparently people have come on to the
unattended boat and not only stolen cash but taken the hotel keys and
broken into divers hotel rooms. This is a do it yourself dive operation.
If you come up before Bill or one of the crew you have to climb up the dive
ladder with all your gear on and take it off yourself. If you are lucky
enough not to be the first one up then one of the other divers might (or
might not) help you with your camera and gear. BCs, regulators, masks and
fins can be left in mesh bags for the crew to rinse and load onto the boat
the following day, but wetsuits and cameras must be taken back to ones
hotel to be rinsed, and Sunset Shores does not provide a space for this. 

During our week of diving we saw and photographed Leech head shield slugs,
cryptic teardrop crabs,  blue fin jawfish, schools of squid at close range,
several frogfish, slender filefish, lots of arrow crabs, lots of lobsters,
to name a few. 

We spent our last day touring Fort Charlotte, the Botanical Gardens and
some of the other towns by taxi. The young tour guide at the fort was
extremely knowledgeable.  While it is not strictly necessary to have a
guide to tour the Botanical Gardens, it is hard to avoid them and in any
event, youll get much more out of the experience by seeing it with someone
who knows all the various plants and trees.  Our guide, Professor
Sinclair (or St. Clair?) was both informative and entertaining.  After
inhaling a variety of crushed spices and herbs, it was easy to see how
European explorers were enchanted by their heady aromas.

If you like small critters some of which are smaller than your fingernail
then St. Vincent might make a comparatively inexpensive 1 week trip. 

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