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

Dive Bequia/Aqua on Bequia, May, 2008,

by Sandy Falen, KS, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 4389.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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