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Dive Review of Dive St. Vincent/The Beachcomber in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines/St. Vincent

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Francis & Deb Bollag, NY, USA
Report Number 2950
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Yucatan, Grand Cayman, Dominica, BVI
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 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
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Boat offered protection for working on cameras but no specific facilities
available on board or in the shop. Most divers had cameras due to abundance
of wonderful subjects.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Everyone new to DSV receives the "first day checkout with
Callie." It's not a big deal -- standard St. Vincent diving -- do your
thing -- and Callie's an excellent DM. We didn't know we were under
scrutiny until we returned to the shop. For all other dives, we had the
option to stick with the DM & learn about all of St. Vincent's rich sea
life or to explore independently. In either case, air was the only limiting

Much has been reported in Undercurrent about the great macro life, DSV's
knowledgable staff & good service. We confirm and won't reiterate
EXCEPT to say that Bill Tewes has amazing eyes and can spot a 1/4"
critter from 30 feet away. (See average viz, above.)

According to Bill, we were lucky to have seamless connections and our bags
via Puerto Rico on US Air and their codeshare partner, Caribbean Sun. While
we recommend this carrier, there are no service guarantees.

The Beachcomber room was spacious, well-appointed and very comfortable.
Showers had plenty of hot water & good pressure. The hotel bar was fun
but the restaurant staff was so surly that we strolled over to Mariner's
Hotel, Limin' Pub and other places for meals. The food, ambience and
service at the French Veranda at Mariner's is top notch.

Stayed one night at Mariner's to compare the facilities. Beachcomer's room
was much, much nicer. Beachcomber charged a small fee for internet access.
Mariner's provided free access. Mariner's shower barely delivered water.
The staff at Mariner's was much more gracious. You call it: Room or Staff
or do as we did and have the best of both.

Diving, including afternoon, night & Falls of Bealine cost a bundle
(compared to Cozumel) but was so interesting & fun that we received
good value. And we finally have a "worthy" seahorse photo!

Vincentians were extremely friendly and helpful, especially during our land
excursions via dollar van, hitchhike & taxi. No need to rent a car.

Pack your DEET (high concentration,) a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and your
dive gear & GO to St. Vincent!
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