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

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Anita M McChesney, NY, US (1 report)
Report Number 5579
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Lembeh, So. Africa, Fiji, Multiple Carribbean sites, Galapagos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Once Bill was confident you could dive well with good buoyancy there were
no restrictions and no time limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
No facilities at dive shop. Water rinse on boat. No set up on boat. BUT...
The photo ops were amazing for small critters and fish and Bill Tewes is
incredible at finding the small and unusual. It was an UWP's dream.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Bill Tewes has always been considered a bit difficult to get along with by
some, and I'm sure he could be for those not seriuos about looking for the
critters. He makes an incredible effort to find the unusual and we found
him an absolute delight to dive with. It is very personal service by a very
experienced avid diver. His crew of divers are almost as good. Bill is the
best dive guide we have encountered and each dive we saw multiple new
creatures we had not seen before. We had all the time we wanted to take
photos for the most part, but Bill does watch and if one tries to fry a
frogfish with the strobes he will reprimand you. He is not, however,
unpleasant or unreasonable about it and he is correct. The Mariners resort
is a short 3-5 minute walk to the dive boat. The accommodations were very
good and the food was excellent as was the service. We ate every meal there
and still didn't try every thing on the menu. It is a small place but with
nice grounds and a nice pool. The bar is a neat set-up and does attract
some locals but was not rowdy. If you book the trip with Bill you can save
20% on the cost of meals. We flew to Barbados and then to St. Vincent on
Liat rather than go thru Peurto Rico and this seems to be the favored
choice. For all the bad we had heard about Liat we had a very good
experience. If you take more than 2 checked bags the extras go as standby,
and may not arrive on your flight. I'm sure some people rant and rave about
this. We just accepted it, were very pleasant with the check in people, and
all our luggage arrived with us. This is a great dive trip and should not
be missed by those really interested in the small stuff and photography. It
is not for one seeking larger creatures and probably not the best for new
divers or young divers.
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