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Dive Review of Grenadines Dive/Palm Island in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Grenadines Dive/Palm Island, Apr, 2007,

by Jeremy Ellis, GA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3988 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cozemul, Florida Keys, Grenadines, St. Vincent, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were guided and you were allowed to dive your own profile but had to be back on the boat with 500 PSI.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments There were no accomodations for photographers. There wasn't a rinse bucket or any other place to put your camera. They tried their best to put it on a flat surface in the shade. I ended up wrapping it in towels to keep it out of the sun and protected.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Palm Island is an all inclusive resort in the middle of the southern Grenadines. You fly into Barbados and connect to Union Island but a Palm Island representative meets you in Barbados and walks you through everything. The interisland plane is small and weight restrictions are enforced. They also do not think twice about sending your luggage on a different plane - a huge inconvenience. The island is large with lots of activities, but the beach is the main draw. You can see Petit St. Vincent, Union Island and Mayreau from the island. The grounds are lush and planted with many palm trees. The freshwater pool has a waterfall and comfortable seating. Three meals per day are served, along with afternoon tea. The quality and variety of food is very high. Our only issue is that they claim the bungalows are air conditioned, but the units were small and the "air conditioning" was a small floor unit so the room tended to be on the warm side. Ceiling fans were also present. Staff is friendly, polite and helpful. There is a small library that houses the only computer and internet access on the island.

The diving is great. Glenroy Adams' staff does an excellent job of making you feel comfortable both above and below the water. Boats were not traditional dive boats, which required backward roll entries and can be challenging to get back into. Every effort was made to provide a good experience. Locations were selected based on conditions and request of divers. There were no more than 3 divers on the boat with me on any day. I was picked up daily at the dock at Palm Island Beach Resort - I was the only diver there. Sometimes other divers were picked up from their yachts and sailboats. The diving was excellent and we saw turtles, sharks, spotted eaglerays, lots of moray eels, lobster, crabs, shrimps, etc. It was a good mix of wide angle and macro photography.

It is a great combination of accommodations and diving.
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