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

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by allan & barbara jones, ca, usa
Report Number 1306
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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

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On your own.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
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"

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
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