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Dive Review of Dive Bequia/Aqua on Bequia in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines/Bequia

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Sandy Falen, KS, USA
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4389
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Fiji, Tonga
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
No special facilities for photographers, but with short boat rides,
uncrowded boats, and ample surface interval time, none was needed.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
You have to work a bit to get to Bequia, but the old-style Caribbean charm,
relaxed pace, and absence of mass tourism makes it worth the effort. I flew
American Airlines to Barbados, then SVG Air to Bequia.  SVG's transfer
process in Barbados was a breeze, and my flight was pleasant and on time.
Bequia is one of most delightful islands in the entire Caribbean.  It's
beautiful, unspoiled, and friendly, with more sailors than divers -- and
relatively few American tourists. I stayed at Aqua, and couldn't have been
happier with the hospitality or the accommodation. The one-bedroom suite
included a full kitchen, comfortable king bed, and a veranda and plunge
pool with a killer view of Admiralty Bay.

Dive Bequia's Bob Sachs and Cathy Howard run a wonderfully easy-going but
professional dive operation.  Boats were roomy and comfortable, and dives
were never rushed.

Some of Bequia's shallow reefs show past storm damage and evidence of
bleaching, but others are amazingly pristine, with lush gorgonians and
colorful sponges of every variety. I saw no big fish here, but did sight a
few rays and turtles. Diving was drift style, although the current was
generally mild.

There are a number of good dining options on Bequia, but it's hard to top a
roti at the Green Boley. Wonderful local fruit (great for in-room
breakfasts) can be found at the open-air fruit market on the waterfront
along Admiralty Bay.

Bequia isn't for those seeking nightlife (it gets pretty quiet by 9pm) or
high-voltage diving. But it is a terrific little island with warm people,
pleasant Caribbean diving, and tremendous natural beauty. 
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