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

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Ray Haberman, CA, US
Contributor   (15 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6497
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bermuda, Aruba, Costa Rica, Grand Turk, Utila, Puerto Rico, Yap, Truck,
Palau, New Guinea, Australia, Nassau, Cozumel, Belize, Bonaire, St Kitts,
Statia Saba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
85   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
NO DECO dives and return to the boat with at least 200 lbs tank pressure  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 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  
My overall rating of 5 is based on the quantity and quality of things to
photograph.  The reefs are pristine.  The reef fish are plentiful.  The
critters are phenomenal.  A macro lens and patience are a must.  Critters
abound in every sponge and under every rock.  St Vincent has been named the
"Critter Capital of The Caribbean" and there is good reason for
that.  Another slogan that should be used is "Where rare is
commonplace." The pictures on the dive shop wall will attest to that. 

The boats are equipped with a rinse tank and nothing more.  There is no
camera facilities at the shop.  Camera setup, repairs, etc are done in your
hotel room.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Being retired, I have the privilege of being able to go where I want and
stay as long as I want.  In Nov, I came to St Vincent 9 years ago because
of an article in Undercurrents.  I stayed for a week.  I came back a month
later and stayed for 3 months.  The next trip I stayed for 4 months.  I'm
now up to staying 9 months and diving well over 250 dives a year.  I am
still finding and photographing things for the first time.  Many of them
considered rare by the experts.  Flatworms, Slugs, Shrimps, Crabs,
Nudibranchs, Brittle Stars, Tunicates, Zoanthids, Mollusks, Anemones,
Corals, Blennies, Gobies, Angelfish, Frogfish, Sea Horses, Wrasses,
Jawfish, Pipefish, Basslets, Hamlets and Batfish are just a small sampling
of what can be seen here.  I have to emphasize "can" not
necessarily "will" be seen.  I've seen and photographed things
that Bill Tewes has never seen in his 27 years of diving here.  For those
divers that are willing to put forth the time and effort to get here, they
will be well rewarded.  For most, the trip requires 2 days to get here and
a day to return home.  LIAT is the only  commercial airlines that services
the island and their name says it all.  Leave Island Any Time, Luggage In
Any Terminal, Lord It's Awful Transportation, Laugh It's All True."
For divers bringing their own gear, their weight allowance is used up right
there, so they get you for overweight.  Usually about a $65 charge.  Once
here, any of the hotels near the dive shop are suitable and make it easy to
get to the dive shop in the mornings.  The boat leaves at 9:30 for a 2 tank
dive.  Arrangements have to be made for more than that.  Night dives are
also available by appointment.  All the dive shops in the Grenadines are
excellent but for "critters" you really should dive with the shop
that put the word critter in "Critter Capital of the Caribbean." 
Bill Tewes and Dive St Vincent.  
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