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Dive Review of Dive St. Vincent in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ann McGrath, VA, US
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4570
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, South Pacific, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no restrictions specified  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
There is a small rinse tank on one of the boats, but don't leave your
camera in it!  One diver's Ikelite housing cracked while the boat was
moving and the camera equipment was in the rinse tank.  On another boat,
there is no rinse tank.  There is no place at the dive shop, that we saw,
where you could rinse your camera equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
2 stars    
We were quoted a package price that included room, breakfast, airfare and
diving.  After examining what we were charged at the end of the trip, we
were overcharged almost $400 each.  

We were also told, quote: "Two dives or three dives daily, same
price."  This was not the case - we were charged $50 for each dive
over two daily dives, a total of another $300 for most of us.

We were asked to bring our own water on board, although they did have some
drinking water available.  There were no towels on the boats, and you also
have to bring your own snacks.  We ended up bringing food after the first
day, because we were usually on the boat from 9:30am until 4pm (three

We were able to dive our own profiles, and stayed down as long as 90
minutes.  The divemasters were OK at pointing out some things, but we
didn't see the variety of critters we were hoping for.  The divemasters
were very helpful and cooperative.  

We booked a hotel that was advertised as "a short walk from the dive
shop and boats."  The "short walk" was supposed to be on the
"beach" from Sunset Shores to Dive St. Vincent.  While the
distance along the water may have been about 100 yards, it was not all
"beach".  It was sand for a short distance, then we were walking
on large rocks covered with algae, in the surf.  It was treacherous and
took a long time - we took the road after that.  We got a ride back to our
hotel from one of the divemasters on the last day.  The dive shop owner
picked up another couple, but did not offer to pick us up or drop us off
any other day.  So, it was a hike, up a steep hill, each morning to the
dive shop, and each afternoon back to the hotel.  We found it easier to
just walk back to the hotel in our wetsuits.

They will rinse some dive gear, but not wetsuits, so be prepared to take it
back to your hotel room and rinse it yourself.

On the last day of diving, the dive shop owner arranged for seven people to
dive off their smallest boat.  This boat has no cushions, so seating is all
hard surfaces, and there is very little shade and very little room.  I
asked for the larger boat.  I was able to get the larger boat, but not
without some resistance from the dive shop owner.  

We do not plan to dive with Dive St. Vincent again.
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