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

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by David J Inman, PA, US
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5413
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Papau New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Raja Ampat, various Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
I dove with Bill Tewes, the owner of Dive St Vincent, for a total of ten
dive days (two days lost due to ear problems and travel delays).  Bill was
on the boat every day and on every dive, he pointed out the strange and
unusual critters that have made St Vincent diving famous.  For all of the
press he gets about being crotchety,  Bill Tewes makes you a better
diver.   He teaches you to shed weight, slow down, observe, and take decent
photos without unnecessarily disturbing the marine life.  He is a staunch
defender of the marine habitat and clearly loves his little island.   He
has made such a contribution to the islands tourism industry that his
image actually adorns a St Vincent postage stamp.  It is not an
exaggeration to say that Bill is a local legend. 

St Vincent is diving not for everyone.  There are no big fish, no sharks,
no drift dives, and only a few luxury resorts.  Yet on just about every
dive we saw unusual fish and critters.  Among the fish were: Longlure and
Striated Frogfish, Goldentail, Spotted and Viper Morays, Reef and Mushroom
Scorpionfish,  Goldspotted Eels, Roughback Batfish, Cherubfish, Blue Bar
Jawfish, Queen Triggerfish, and numerous Lined Seahorses.  The critters
included:  Fingerprint Cyphoma, Porcelain Crab, Flaming Reef Lobster,
Golden Coral Shrimp, Scarlet Striped Cleaning Shrimp, Squat Anemone Shrimp,
Spotted Cleaner Shrimp, Sun Anemone Shrimp, Bumblebee Shrimp, Thorny Mud
Crab, Berried Anemone, and Beaded Sea Cucumber.  

Bill particularly relishes finding critters that are NIB (Not In Book)and
despite his extensive knowledge of the local fauna, he often sends photos
of unknown species to experts to be identified.  Although the coral life
was healthy, often the more interesting dives were in the muck, sand or
grass beds which attract juvenile fish species and unusual critters.  We
were an experienced group of divers and most of our dives lasted from 60 to
90 minutes. 

I stayed at the Rosewood Hotel and Apartments, a short walk from the dive
shop.  The accommodations are clean and pleasant, boasting air
conditioning, a kitchenette, and a balcony with a spectacular view.  Being
high on a hill overlooking the harbor, the apartments get a fairly constant
sea breeze.  However with the breeze comes the cacophony of life on St
Vincent -  road noise, barking dogs, bleating goats, crowing roosters, etc.
- so closing the balcony door and keeping the AC running is often a better

There were only a few good restaurants within reasonable walking distance
from my apartment, and I found the easiest and most economical choice was
to eat in my kitchenette for both breakfast and lunch.   There is a local
grocery store five minutes away by car or bus and a larger one in Kingstown
(about 15 minutes by car).  If you embrace this eat in strategy,  be sure
to ask Rosewood to provide you with a microwave and a coffee maker.  

Mariners Hotel houses the closest good restaurant but the dinner menu is a
bit pricey.  A more economical option is to order from the lunch menu which
is served any time - adequate portions, simpler fare, and better prices.
For the adventurous, there are a few local  restaurants in the area which
vary both in distance and quality of food.  Nearby Young Island Resort is
an upscale hotel on its own island, catering to well-heeled travelers and
the yachting crowd

Air travel to St Vincent can be a challenge.  There are no direct flights
from the US and one has to connect through either San Juan, Miami, or
Barbados. Although I have always come through San Juan, some frequent
travelers recommend connecting in Barbados if you can find a direct flight
from the States.  Due to overweighting problems, LIAT, the local carrier, 
will leave behind one of your bags if the flight is full. When you check in
with LIAT, you will be asked to choose the bag with which you want to
travel and the remaining bag may arrive a day or so later. The good news is
that Dive St  Vincent will provide rental gear free of charge if you do not
have your own.  Of course, luggage is subject to overweight baggage fees
from both US and local airlines. 

When you travel to a small, developing country, you have the best
experience if you accept it for what it is.  You cannot expect the service
and amenities that we have become accustomed to in the States.  If this
bothers you, I suggest you find a different destination.  However if you
are looking for a unique diving experience in a quirky little corner of the
Caribbean, St Vincent might be the place for you. 
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