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

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Robertson <BR>Fantasea E, CA, US
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Report Number 5981
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Fiji, Tonga, Palau, Tahiti, Kosrae, Niue, Cook Islands, Pohnpei,
Chuuk, Belize, Mexico, Turks & Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands, Bonaire,
Curacao, Bimini, Exhuma Keys, British Virgin Islands, Florida and
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boats are not set up with UWP in mind.  
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  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
St. Vincent & the Grenadines - Trip Report

October 2010

Two feature articles in Undercurrent (March 2002 and January 2009) and
several trip reports in the Chapbook convinced me to choose St. Vincent and
the Grenadines as my next dive destination.  I wasnt disappointed.

Getting here from California was not easy.  We used frequent flyer miles on
American Airlines that involved 4 takeoffs and landings.  Our final leg on
LIAT Airlines from Barbados to St. Vincent was fine, despite concerns from
reading prior posts. The flight was on time, ground and flight crew very
professional and most importantly, the reported 15-pound weight limits for
carry-ons didnt affect us.  My reg and camera gear in my carry-on were
well over that limit, but not to worry.  They werent even weighed.   Dive

We booked accommodations at Beachcombers Hotel in Villa Beach.  Its a very
nice family run boutique hotel located on a sloping property right on the
beach across from Young Island.  They have a very nice bar, restaurant and
swimming pool located on a deck overlooking the ocean, where you can watch
the incredible sunsets.  The staff is very friendly and helpful.  

We stayed in a large air-conditioned room with an ocean view that was
exquisitely decorated.  Beachcombers is just a short walk down the beach
from Dive St. Vincent and the boat dock.  A wooden walkway was just being
completed that will make the short trip off the beach to the dive shop even

Bill Tewes is the owner of Dive St. Vincent and went out with us on every
dive.  Ive never met anyone who knows as much about the undersea animals
as Bill does.  He not only knows the names of the fish, critters and coral,
but he probably knows their scientific names too.  Bill will point out
things youve never seen and if youre lucky, some critters no one has seen
before either.  It seems DSV is discovering new critters all the time.  

My first dive with DSV was at Orca Point, a 20 minute boat ride from the
shop.  We saw a southern teardrop crab, decorator crabs, many red hinds,
juvenile french angelfish, several peacock flounders, octopus, many banded
coral shrimp, many goldspot and spotted eels, a pair of jackknife fish,
spotted drums, 3 high-hat babies protected in an urchin, garden eels,
scorpion fish, hermit crabs, and many trumpetfish, sharp-nosed puffers,
grunts, needlefish and several snapper eels who bury themselves in the
sand.  I had never seen one of these before.  Seems they were first
described and may exist only on St. Vincent.  Wow.  After my 85-minute dive
I was running low on air and missed a red frogfish and reef squid spotted
by dive master DJ who was leading another group of two divers.  

And this is just a sample of the many and unusual critters we would see
diving over the next several days.  At The Wall we dropped down to 128 feet
to see a red banded lobster; at Orca II we saw a pipefish and rough back
batfish; at Critter Cove we saw 2 purple mouth eels and a magnificent
urchin; at New Guinea we saw 2 yellow pike blennies; at Turtle Bay we saw a
harlequin pipefish.  And so it went for the week.

DSV uses Steel 80s so you wont need a lot of lead.  As a matter of fact,
Bill dives with no wetsuit or weights.  Impressive!  Most dives are not
deep, so you can get a lot of bottom time. 90-minute plus dives are not
uncommon.  Most of the folks at DSV are locals who have been working with
Bill for years.  All are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. You are
treated like adults, allowed to dive your own profile.  The only
restrictions apply to having good buoyancy, staying off the coral and not
kicking up the bottom.  DSV has at least 3 boats.  The number of divers
determines which boat or boats to take.  We never had more than 6 divers on
board at a time.  The boat facilities are Spartan but sufficient. Anyone
who communicated a specific need beyond what was available could make
arrangements with the staff.  No problem.   

During the week I was in Saint Vincent, I got to know Bill a little bit.  I
found him to be a knowledgeable and straightforward gentleman with all the
time in the world to share his fantastic underwater world with others.  He
seems to appreciate those kinds of traits in others and has little patience

So, when you dive with Bill Tewes and staff at Dive St. Vincent, youll
have a fantastic dive adventure and see more critters than you have
anywhere else, all with a professional and experienced dive op, which is
exactly why you came all this way in the first place.  
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