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Dive Review of Grenadine Dive/Petit St Vincint Resort in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines/Petit St. Vincent

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Condron, Washington, U.S.A.
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All areas of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean form Hawaii to the Great
Barrier Reef, Tahiti to Fiji.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
It was all drift diving, so the group needed to stay close to the
divemaster (drift buoy). People were sent up the line as there air got low.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
     After a 10 minute flight from Mustique (our first Island in the
Grenadines) to Union Is. and a 20 minute boat ride to the dock at the Petit
St. Vincent Resort, we were greeted by Christie and Charlie with welcome
drinks. The resort imcompasses the whole island (160 acres)of Petit St.
Vincent, one of the Southern most islands of the Grenadines. The large
living spaces are spreard over the island for guest privacy. Most of the
bungalows are on the beach, but some are on the hillside, however they all
face the Trade Winds. Ala carte breakfast and dinners are served at the
pavilon or at your room. Lunchs were buffet unless you wanted ala carte at
your room or at the dozen or so private beach huts on the West end of the
island. The food and staff were WONDERFUL. Walking and exercise trails were
     Grenadine Dive was located at Union Is. however the had a 9:30 pickup
at the resort for a 2 tank morning dive. They also pickup divers on Palm
Island. Most of the dives were drift dives in a moderate current. The
divemasters were always in a hurry, kicking with the current, instead of
drifting ("drift dive").
     My first dive was a reef West of Petit Martinique (govenered by
Grenada). Out of 900 or so dives all over the Caribbean and Pacific, this
is the deadest reef I have ever seen. A reddish/brown algae grew on 85%of
the reef, the other 15% showed signs of desease. A few small fish. The
gogarians looked like dead stick bushes with the reddish/brown algae waving
on its branches. I am not a marine biologist, but my guess is Petit
Martinique and Carriacou to the South are and have for years been dumping
raw sewage into the Sea. The Grenadine government really needs to take
     After a safety stop we continued Northward along the same reef now
West of Petit St. Vincent. Same dead algae covered reef system. Even the
sandy bottom areas had algae film covering them. Very sad. Because the Gulf
Stream generally tavels from the South Petit St. Vincent's Reefs are
recieving Grenada Islands Problems. Petit St. Vincent has a septic system.
But Please read on!
    2 days later I was again picked up at 9:30 for a 2 tank dive in the
Tabago Cays. The first dive was  at Mayrere Garden, again a moderate
current in 81 F. water with a 60 vis. Only saw the algae on 10%-15% of the
reef, the rest seemed health. Fish life was abundant. The small varity
against the reef and thousands of Chromis and Creole Wrasse followed by
small hunting packs of Horse-eye Jacks in the water column. Also large
schools of Chubs and Snappers past by. An occasional Nurse Shark and
Southern Stingray lay along the bottom. One of the "fishest"
dives I've had in the Caribbean. Next to Horseshoe reef West of Tabago
Cays. An anchored dive were we dropped down in the middle and dove both
legs of the horseshoe. Not as fishy as the first dive, but still more than
enough to keep your interest. Again the reef showed some signs of stress
from algae, but not bad.
     Again I took a one day brake and then off to the West end of Union
     Now this will end happily. Clipper's Point is one of the nicest reefs
I have seen in the Caribbean. The Vase, Tube, Barrel and Rope Sponges stood
up tall from this shallow bottom. And Encrusting Sponge filled in the gaps.
A moderate current gently moved us along through schools of fish of all
sizes as the feed in the water column at the drop off. Many cleaning
stations of Yellowline Arrow Crabs and Pederson Cleaning Shrimp hiding in
the Corkscrew Anemone. Down for over an hour while drifting in 48' of water
or less.
     Our safety stop was in the same bay, then we moved to the opposite
side to Glen's Point. The current flowed the opposite direction and was a
little faster. Health and bueaty of this reef is similar to our first dive.
There was so much to see I stopped the horizontal position and went Budda
style just off the bottom. The current was doing the work and I did the
sightseeing. After an hour still had 1300 p.s.i.
     If you dive with Grenadine Dive, request the West side of Unoin
Island. This changed my mind and I will return to Petit St. Vincent and the
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