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Dive Review of Dive St. Vincent/Mariners Hotel in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines/S. St. Vincent island

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jose Kirchner, CA, USA
Report Number 202
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Wordwide, 46 years' dive experience.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
With experience you are welcome to do your own profile and times. Air only.
Computers encouraged.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Dunk tank can be requested, no dedicated photo facilities onboard. No big
fish, but very healthy, picturesque corals and inverts, many rare fish and
fabulous macro; best Caribbean macro and rare fish we've experienced- from
Keys to Bonaire and much in between.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Dive operator Bill Tewes has been here 16+ years, knows it inside out. He
and his friendly, long-term experienced dive crew very customer oriented,
great critter finders, entirely used to video and photo divers with long
u/w times. When you've been to the spectacular walls and seen the pelagics
in the Caribbean and want log, relaxed diving with rare critters, you
finally come here, and probably come again. 

DSV has a competent, basic dive op with frills- smaller dive boats, one
partially coverd, two open, rinse, store and set up your gear, happy to
make no commission air and land arrangements, even offer to drive you to a
restaurant, or the market on occasion. They cater to experienced divers
with critter fixation, not the luxury-seeking or pelagic-chasing divers. 

We saw a number of Black Brotula, goden hamlets, seahorses, colorful
frogfish, pikeblennies, and any number of fish aficionados are happy to
document in their fish lists, not to mention film, on every dive. Sites
ranged form open water walls to bays and "Critter Corner", a true
muck-diving shallow flat with muck, eel and turtle grass, and a huge cast
of characters that has divers begging for more.

Land arrangements available range from the posh Young Island to apartments
to several moderate hotels. Food tends to be expensive- everything is
imported. We stayed at Mariners Hotel for convenience- close to the dove op
and several other hotels with restaurants. Rooms were clean and had 240
volts with Euro plugs, Internet TV. Some were noisy. Management was
accomodating, can arrange drivers and land tours. Our stay was pleasant
enough, with a room with A/C and a ceiling fan- but the restaurant was
maddening. (Rates: $125 - 175 for two dependent on grade of room and

Mariners restaurant was not always open advertised hours, and though food
was frequently good, sometimes it was limited in offerings, or poor.
Service ranged from very friendly and enjoyable to distant and cglacially
slow, with mixed-up orders. The cook was occasionally a no-show, and the
replacement cook would have had trouble in a short-order house.
Fortunately, other restaurants are nearby, including the excellent Lime'n
Pub, moderate to expensive, with great variety, seafood, imported beef and
friendly service. Lime'n Pub provided the consistency lacking at Mariners.
(But, we came for the DIVING, not the dining!)

St. Vincent is serviced by LIAT and Caribbean Star short-haul flights from
Barbados, serviced by US Airways, American and others form the US. Diving
is good almost any time of year. (Though hurricanes are not common, the
rare one can happen in this sector, usually later in the season.)

Dive St. Vincent
P.O. Box 864
St. Vincent, West Indies
Main Office: 784-457-4928
Dive Shop: 784-457-4714, Fax: 784-457-4948
[ link]

Mariners Hotel & Royal Harbour Restaurant
Villa Bay ~ St. Vincent
St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies
Phone: (784) 457-4000, Fax: (784) 457-4333
Toll Free U.S. & Canada 1-800-223-1108
Local US and Canada, 310-440-4225, Fax (310) 440-4220
[ link]

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