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

Dive St. Vincent/Mariners Hotel, Sep, 2009,

by David Haupt, KY, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5143.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, All 3 Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, LaPaz, Hawaii, Indonesia, St. Thomas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come up with a little air in your tank
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank under seat on the boat which was adequate for me. Showered with my camera at the end of the dive day for a thorough rinsing.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 1.5 hour delay on the LIAT leg flying down (San Juan to St. Vincent) due to electrical problems. Paid $60 for my second checked bag...both made it to St. V. Stayed at Mariners Hotel which was clean and AC kept the room cool. Breakfast was included and 20% off of dinner menu was a good value. The food was quite good. Dive St. Vincent was a short walk and Bill Tewes is a character. I was on guard at first due to what I have read about him, but we quickly became friends (we are alot alike I guess). His reputation for finding the little stuff is well earned. We saw Seahorses, Pipefish, Batfish, many different Crabs & Shrimps and juveniles of every Caribbean species of fish. No big fish here due to waters feeding the 100K people living on the Island. Dives were usually 25-30 feet and lasted 100-120 minutes. $60 for my second checked bag on the return trip (expected) and we actually got to San Juan 30 minutes early (unexpected). Both checked bags made it. Dive St. Vincent includes rental gear with your package to cut down on checked bags (and the equipment appeared to be in great shape), but I am more comfortable with my own. I would go back to St. Vincent in a heartbeat. Some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.
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