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

Dive St. Vincent/The Beachcomber, Nov, 2005,

by Francis & Deb Bollag, NY, USA . Report 2950.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Yucatan, Grand Cayman, Dominica, BVI
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 40 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 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 factor.

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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