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

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Paul J Halverson, MN, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5383
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cozumel, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, Wakatobi
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no decompression dives.  72 cu ft steel tanks filled to 2500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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  
They are careful with the camera equipment.  Fresh water rinse tank is
available on board.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
3 stars    
First about Young Island Resort.  The staff was friendly and accommodating.
 The food was prepared perfectly, served in a timely fashion, and is
excellent in all regards--a highlight of the trip.  We initially stayed in
Bungalow #5 which is cozy and right on the beach. It was without AC but a
constant breeze made AC unnecessary.  Now the bad!  Directly across from us
was a local beach bar and at 10PM Saturday night they turned up their music
so loud that despite closing the windows, placing pillows over our heads
and using noise canceling headphones there was no escaping the thump of the
subwoofers.  This went on till past 4AM!.  Cancun discos can't hold a
candle to this place.  There is no one at the main desk past 10PM so we
just had to tough it out.  Our complaint the next AM was met with a laugh
and comment that the bar does party on Friday and Saturday nights----Oh,
and there is Karaoke on Wednesday nights.  Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
nights were uneventful!.  Sure enough Wednesday night at 10PM the bar
turned up the music and we were serenaded with a bunch of drunk, off-key
karaoke singers till 2:30AM.  By Thursday morning we had had enough and
demanded to be moved.  The hotel did accommodate us but our new bungalow
(with AC) was one of the least desirable.  It is too bad because otherwise
the resort is great, but I absolutely cannot recommend anyone staying at
this resort  until the late night bar noise is fixed. Even off the beaten
path we could still hear the bar's music over the din of our AC and with
windows closed.  Thankfully during our last Saturday night their sub woofer
was broken and we could at least get some rest prior to flying home the
next day.    Consider staying at the Mariner across the water which is
located near said bar but not in the direct path of the bar's speakers and

As to the diving, it is well known that one goes to St. Vincent for the
macro opportunities.  I chose to dive with Bill Tewes Dive St. Vincent. 
Unfortunately, Bill was not on the island during my stay.  I did make that
request when I made my reservation, but since I made the reservation about
a year in advance, I understand plans can change.  Reading other reports it
is clear that Bill needs to be there for one to get top value with regard
to the diving experience.  The two DM's were personally very nice.  But it
was clear that one of them seemed "burnt out."  There were
multiple dives in which he pointed out NOTHING!  I am pretty good at
spotting small creatures so despite the DM floating in midwater I was able
to find and photograph some new and unique creatures.  There is no surface
observer on the boat during the dive and no 02 safety equipment is kept on
board.  I was told the oxygen was back at the dive shop!  They use 72 cu.
ft.  steel tanks usually filled to 2500 psi, although I had two fills at
2200.  There is no official dive time limit but this is one way to limit
dive time to 60 minutes or less.

On a positive note!  Liat airlines was on time (even early!).  Our bags
arrived with us.  Yes there is a $60 surcharge for my second checked bag. 
But we knew that in advance. This is the first time we flew with them. 
Reading other reports I know that flying with Liat can be problematic. 
Honestly that did not prove to be the case with us.

Concluding I cannot recommend Young Island Resort because of the
unbelievably loud bar music (Unless of course you wish to party with the
locals until past 4am - then this is the place for you).  While I did not
get to experience the pleasure of diving with Bill,  You may wish to!
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