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Dive Review of Dive St Vincent (Bill Tewes)/Marina Hotel and Resort in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dive St Vincent (Bill Tewes)/Marina Hotel and Resort, Mar, 2004,

by Charles Levine, PA, USA . Report 960.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bahamas, Bonaire, Key West, Pennsylvania
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 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 None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We were a group of 14 from York Divers exploring St Vincent (SVD) for the first time. Experience levels among the divers ranged from <20 dives to >500; four divers were photographers. Getting to/from SVD took the whole day; lots of forms to fill out along the way, but overall no significant snags. Accomodations at Marina Hotel and Resort were clean and bright. Food was very good to excellent. Breakfast was included in our package; other meals were reasonably priced and always tasty.
Diving was with Bill Tewes/Dive St Vincent. Contrary to other reports in Chapbook, we found Bill and his staff professional and fun to be with. We understood the requirement to pay cash for all add-ons in advance, and planned accordingly. Due to the size of our group, we went on two boats (max 8 divers/boat). Bill always went on the late boat with the photographers, and was able to demonstrate critters that aren't easily seen without such a superb guide. Dives of 75-90 minutes were the norm on his boat. Our boat had non-photographers and more novice divers. We were allowed to dive our own profiles (with computers); table divers (2 of them) stuck with the DMs and had <30 minute dives. Fair amount of current at several sites required the boat to go after a couple of divers during the week. Overall visibility was in the 50-75 foot range. Although water temp was 79-81F, it still felt cool so 3mm was definitely necessary, and hoods helped. Reefs appeared very healthy, fish life abundant, but other than one large ray, no large life was seen.
Restaurants were all able to accomodate our large group willingly (with separate checks) with the notable exception of Lime N Pub, next door to the Marina Hotel. Terrific food and waitresses, but the owner/director was unaccomodating, brusque, and surly. Considering we spent over $US700 on dinner there, his attitude was horrible. Avoid this restaurant if at all possible.
Vincentians were overall pleasant and inviting; we didn't feel fear or discomfort walking or using local minibuses. Return trip? Possibly, but there are dozens more islands to see in the Carib!
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