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

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Roberto Labrador, NY, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Barbados, St Maarten, Saba,  Key Largo, St Lucia, St
Corix,Bermuda, Bonaire, St Vincent 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
General guidelines were set, some sites were a bit advanced so adherence to
them was stressed, otherwise dive master allowed of latitude. 
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Bring your macro lens.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
So I landed for the first time on St Vincent in the late evening.  One
problem though, my bags seemed to go on to some other lovely island
destination.  And  there I am, huffing and puffing without a change of
clothes and no dive gear.  Then I hear my name being called out from the
crowd.  Its Kay from Indigo Dive.  She takes the lead in helping me solve
my immediate problems; she calls my hotel (Mariners Hotel), advises them to
my situation and arranges some toiletries and a late meal.  She was very
helpful and put me in a taxi (on her by the way) and a better state of
mind.  Off to my lodgings where I settled in for the night.

The next day, right on time, I found a dive boat keeping station just off
the beach.  The Indigo Dive crew were mostly twenty-somethings and all very
polite, helpful good humored. Thus started four days of diving, usually two
dives a day, with a third dive upon request.  My bags came in the next day
and Kay promptly ran me up to the airport to collect them.  Each dive
briefing was clear and concise with a lot of info on what critters to
expect.  Dive profiles were established and off we went.  Kay was a gem at
finding small critters, some in odd places, some hiding from me in plain

I found marine life that Im still looking up the names of!  The corals
were lush even though they werent large, a lot of pink and fan coral. 
What surprised me was the amount of juvenile fish.  I have never seen so
many baby Drummer Fish in one area.  Thats good to see, the place was
positively alive  If youre bringing a camera be share to bring you macro
lens, youll kick yourself for not bringing it.  
For a place thats known for its small critters, there were a heck of a
lot of fish.  I dove one wreck (name escapes me), nice, fairly intact small
freighter, a really nice dive.  A must see is the site called Japanese
Gardens, truly lovely.  A sandy bottom at about forty feet that looks as if
it had been raked by a Zen Buddhist monk.  As I swam along, I came upon a
bunch of  islands of coral and concentrated life.  Each one of these
little oases reminded me of bonzi trees,  awesome.  Also make sure to dive
The Bat cave.

In between dives there were snacks and beverages onboard along with fresh
fruit.  I didnt have to lift a thing, tanks were changed for me and each
day my gear was broken down and washed in fresh water.  I found it set up
on the boat ready for me the next day.  Come as a client, leave as a
friend, that what Kay said to me on our first meeting.  She was right.  I
had a great time, saw a lot of cool stuff and had a good laugh  or two.  I
think this was a great value and Id dive with them again in a heartbeat. 

Note: St Vincent is a pretty, small, quiet Island.  If you looking for
nightlife, this aint the place for you.  
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