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

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Don Acheson, MD, USA
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Report Number 5298
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, western and south Pacific, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, ...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None, but we're old customers  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Diving Daughter (DD) and I took a week to seek critters on the reefs and
sands of St. Vincent with Bill Tewes.  Most of our time - and at about 90
minutes per dive we had lots - was spent on the sand looking for whatever
we could find, big or small.  Well, not-so-big since the largest thing
spotted during the week was a two to two and a half foot spotted moray. 
But find things we did!

On one dive we noted three species of pipefish - white nose, short fin, and
one unknown to the expert Bill.  While its usually a rare treat to see an
octopus, I spotted three on one dive, only to be trumped by DD who saw my
three and two more.  A very large French angelfish, 14 to16 inches long, 
flirted with us; also a mite of one, at one quarter to 3/8 of an inch,
flitted around sheltered in coral on another dive; and a pair, one half-way
through the transition from juvenile to adult markings and the other just
beginning the transition.  Shrimp: banded coral, golden coral, squat
anemone, Pederson, spotted cleaner, pistol or red snapping, and a couple of
others whose names Bill provided but have slipped my mind.  The magnificent
urchin: rare, but we saw several.  Lots of flamingo tongues to be found and
a rare fingerprint cyphoma made an appearance.   Spotted moray, goldentail
moray with normal and one with inverted coloring, chain moray, garden,
sharptail, goldspotted, and spotted snake eels.   Several species of
blennies and jawfish.  Flying gunards.  Squid.  Its difficult to remember
everything we saw.

The reefs around St. Vincent appear to have been overfished.  In four trips
there over the years, Ive never seen large fish such as groupers and
snappers and sharks.  That may account for the abundance of smaller

We stayed at the Mariners Hotel, a short walk along the shore from Dive St.
Vincent.  The room was clean and air-conditioned with a balcony, but not
spacious.  The hotel restaurant, The French Verandah, offered good food and
excellent service at reasonable prices.  We averaged about US $40 each per
day for lunch and dinner with a couple of beers or glasses of wine with
each meal.  Breakfast was included with the room; I was satisfied with
juice, toast, a couple of eggs and bacon and coffee while DD preferred a
local specialty of fried fish and biscuits with juice and tea.

The cost was very reasonable; about $1000 per person for seven nights in
the hotel with breakfast and five days of two dives per day.  Air fare ran
about $650 round trip for each of us.  Incidentally, LIAT was on time or
early and delivered our baggage with our flights between Puerto Rico and
St. Vincent.  American between Baltimore and San Juan was late in both
directions, but by an hour or less.
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