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Dive Review of Indigo Dive St. Vincent/Baechcombers in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Zagachin, MA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Small boat hence no special photo facilites (and no crowds).
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We spent 10 days diving with Indigo Dive and staying in Beachcombers Hotel.
If you do not have time to read further, just contact Kay Wilson, the
Indigo Dive owner, make reservations and go.  You will be glad you did.

Let me start with LIAT that we flew from San Juan to St. Vincent.   I wish
big airlines where this good: plenty of legroom (unlike American),
departure on time (unlike American), arrival earlier than scheduled and no
charges for checked luggage within weight limits (unlike $25 by American).

Kay met us at airport, brought us to supermarket to buy some groceries for
our kitchenette and we were in Beachcombers Hotel in 15 minutes. 
Beachcombers is very nice real Caribbean style family owned hotel with
restaurant, pool, beach, spotless daily cleaned rooms and friendly staff.
Continental breakfast was more than adequate even for my appetite and you
can order more from the menu. We stayed in a suite with fully equipped
kitchenette making our own lunches.  No reason, we just like it that way.
Several other restaurants are within short walking distance.

All dive equipment is included as part of dive package.  We only brought
our own computers, masks and fins.  Indigos Scuba-Pro equipment is less
than 2 years old and in perfect condition. This saved us $150 on this year
regs maintenance and $25 of luggage charges by American for extra bag we
would have otherwise.  

Indigo is a small operation with very personal service taking care of each
and every detail of your vacation far beyond the care you expect from a
dive operation.  Thanks to the Undercurrent, in our 22 years of diving we
never had bad experience with dive operations (except once on Grand
Cayman).  Kay and her small staff go far beyond just professional and
helpful. In short we were diving with friends who were showing us their
underwater home and backyard making sure we do not trip over anything and
hurt ourselves.  No crowd on their boat that fits eight divers, but mostly
we had no more than four divers on board.  Kay dove with us most of the
time, Steve and Andrew dove when she was not around. All of them have
incredible eye for little critters St. Vincent is so famous for.  Once they
were comfortable with our diving style, we dove our own profiles using
computers with generally no limits imposed beyond common sense.
Photographers needs are taken care of.

The dive environment varied from grass bottom, to rocks, swim-throughs,
caves and wrecks.  I liked wreck dives a lot. They are pretty old and full
of life.  One of them is home to a couple of French Angels of unbelievable
size.  I am not going to list all critters we saw underwater, many for the
first time ever.  Some of them you can see on my website .  After a while we stopped paying
attention to eels, spotted drums and cleaner shrimps.  

The island itself is worth a good look.  With no ugly tourist attributes
useless t-shirt and souvenir shops that ruined most of the Caribbean, St.
Vincent is a real life island with friendly locals, colorful town of
Kingston, lush vegetation, volcano and picturesque coast line.  We did not
rent a car, but when I wanted to hire a driver for a day of some land
photography, Kay took us in her car despite my numerous objections.  This
was her rare day off. 

Few suggestions: leave American Express at home, bring more cash than usual
and pay Indigo Divers with certified check to avoid credit card fees.

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