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

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Charles Levine, PA, USA
Report Number 960
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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

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
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
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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