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

Dive St Vincent/Sunset Hotel, Jun, 2004,

by allan & barbara jones, ca, usa . Report 1306.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving California, Carribean, Mexico, Hawaii, South Pacific, Indian Ocean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On your own.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Shore based dive operation had fresh water rinse facilities. We carried our cameras to hotel about 150 yards down the beach.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments
We have been wanting to dive here for several years based upon other reports that we have read on the macro photography. While the critters were far and away better that other Carribean locations that we have dove, it was not even close to the South Pacific. Most would say " don't expect it to be ", we have talked to some others, some highly experienced semi-pros, who have indicated that we just didn't see much. While any site goes hot and cold at times, we were there when the owner, Bill Tewes, was away. This allowed for a fair amount of laxity on the regular dive guides coupled with some 'attitude'.

From previous UNDERCURRENT reports we were aware of the hidden extra charges for the 'beach picnic and trip to the falls'. There is another 'nickel & dime trick' to avoid. There is an open notification that there is an additional US$10/person charge for night dives. It was not known until bill presentation time that any diving after 3:00 pm is considered as a night dive. On one day we did 2 dives in the morning and 2 after lunch. The second one finished after 3:00 pm so we got charged extra for this. It leaves a cheap taste in your memories!

We booked a 14 day package with room accomodations through Dive St Vincent and stayed at the Sunset Lodge about 150 yards uo the beach. Good clean rooms. Our dive gear was rinsed daily at the dive shop and we carried our cameras back to the hotel.

Just on the other side of the dive shop was the "Veranda" resturant. Outstanding food! Make sure you try the "Mi Cri" desert!

Overall impressions: some of the healthyest diving in the Carribean, (reminds us of Belize in the very early 80's), dive guides need a 'tune up', dive boats were in good running condition. For Califorians, not an easy place to get to: red eye LA to Miami, then two more flights to St Vincent.
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