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

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Peter J Maerz, FL, United States
Report Number 3326
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Bonaire, Cozumel, Dominica, Fiji, Honduras (Bay Islands), Little
Cayman, Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat, St. Lucia, Solomon Islands, etc. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No limits specified. Must have air in tank :)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
One rinse tank under seat on board. No camera prep surface to speak of
(this is not a liveaboard. Some shaded areas to keep camera. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was my first return visit to a dive destination. My memories of St.
Vincent served me well. If small stuff is your predilection, this be the
place. If a caustic, but comic host is your cup of tea, Dive St. Vincents
Mr. Tewes fills the Bill.  Great weather with a perfect breeze cooling
the tropic heat at all times? Youve got it. A beautiful island studded
with mountains and lush with vegetation? That too.

Bill Tewes remains one of the great diving enthusiasts and hosts on the
planet, IMHO. Five years after my first encounter with him, he remains
every bit as enthusiastic about diving and finding stuff. With his
ever-ready telescoping pointer and magnifying glass, hes always scanning
for goodies. For an UW photog like myself, its like having a personal
valet. All I have to do is experiment with my settings; my subjects, if I
havent found them myself, are waiting for me at Bills or his divemasters

Theres a reason many of the worlds great photographers visit here. The
requisite frog fish and seahorses are there in relative abundance. But also
all manner of tiny crustaceans, mollusks, echnoderms and others. Sea Hares,
nudibranchs, flatworms, shrimp of all sizes and kinds including virtually
microscopic wire coral shrimp. Eels of all types on every dive. Octopuses.
Scorpion fish large and small (Mushroom). 

As has often been said, Bills demeanor is not for everyone, though I find
it hard to believe that anyone could be offended by his always good-natured
ribbing. And Ive got to say that he delights in getting as much as
giving. If youre willing to play along, you can have a ball with this
very gregarious host. Bill almost always offers to meet his guests socially
as well. (He sprang for drinks for my buddy and me at Young Island. Word of
caution: Beware the Island Special!!)

I and a buddy stayed at the Sunset Shores, where Id roomed on my last
visit in 2002. Breakfast is included in the Dive St. Vincent package. The
rooms are good sized; most have views with nice terraces. Outlets are 220
and accept the 3-square-pronged British variety plug with two parallel pins
and one perpendicular. The grounds are quite pretty and abut a small beach,
with views to Young Island beyond. The open air but roofed dining terrace
is comfortable, naturally cooled and has good views of the water. 

Bills boat leaves at 9:30 sharp. The standard package includes a two tank
dive each day, but each dive averages 90 minutes (some are 110 minutes or
more: its strictly a function of your air; deco isnt usually an issue
since the depths can be very shallow). Surface intervals average 50 minutes
snoozing or chatting on the boat. My package included 16 dives during my
weeks stay. I and my buddy used ours up and then some, with a night dive
almost every night. Theres a $10 surcharge for those dives, even if within
the package amount, to pay for gas and the services of Callie, one of a
number of Bills long, long-term divemasters. Dives beyond the package
price run $57 plus VAT per. 

There are never more than 6 divers on a boat. For me and my Buddy, 4 was
the average. 3 divers max to a divemaster or Bill. The boat has a small
sheltered area and a larger open deck. Dive gear is set up on the tanks
which are stowed in the forward hold in molded slots until needed.  Gear is
rinsed and kept in mesh bags overnight at the shop, with the exception of
wetsuits. Callie, DJ and the other divemasters are extremely adept at
finding goodies and are very accommodating and helpful, though they are
very, very shy. Dont expect to be chatted up, but dont worry about
it---theres no rudeness or hostility involved. 

Food is an issue for the budget minded on St. Vincent. Most restaurants are
very expensive: a pizza joint served us two nine-inch pizzas for about 40
bucks US. It goes up from there. Expect to pay $175 or more for a meal for
two with all the trimmings (sans wine) at the luxurious Young Island
Resort.  The Sunset Shores has reasonably good food, if not particularly
reasonably priced. There are some relatively cheap alternatives, such as
Callies sisters fried chicken, served from a converted bus at the side of
the road, but you need to time your visits. Our problem was that night
dives brought us back at 8:30 or later and most kitchens closed at 9:00 or

Overall, I believe St. Vincent remains one of the unsung heroes of 
Caribbean diving and far surpasses many if not all of the super-hyped
destinations in that part of the world. It aint the South Pacific but it
doesnt miss by much!
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