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

Indigo Dive/Beachcombers Hotel, Oct, 2009,

by Marybeth Moscoso, PA, USA ( 1 report). Report 5241.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Little Cayman, Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, FL Keys, PA Bainbridge quarry
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no gloves, depth limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on boat. Kay is an excellent, knowledgeable, experienced photographer. She pointed out many things I had never seen before and made it one of the most interesting dive trips I've been on. She also gave me many new tips for underwater photography and it was great diving with her and her staff. They didn't rush us and it's amazing how much there is to see when you take your time.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had a wonderful week in St. Vincent. Kay Wilson, from Indigo Dive, greeted us at the airport and took us to the Beachcomber Hotel where we stayed, and she even helped us carry our luggage to the 3rd floor.

We were completely spoiled our week diving with Indigo Dive. Each morning we were picked up on the beach in front of Beachcomber Hotel. Kay and her staff: Dale, Andrew, and Otteran were accommodating, helpful, personable, and professional. After our first dive we didn't lift a finger to clean our gear. They took our gear and washed everything: wetsuits, snorkel, mask, fins, BCD's. It was nice not having to clean gear on vacation. ;) The next morning we'd find our gear nicely cleaned and organized on the boat and tanks set-up and ready to go. I told them once where I liked my BCD placed on the tank and they remembered each time they changed my tank. I liked their attention to detail. Kay is meticulous about her boat and equipment and takes good care of it and her customers. On our surface intervals they supplied water, juice, and snacks.

St. Vincent has many things to offer from breathtaking topography, interesting critters, schools of hundreds of fish, caves, walls, wrecks, and drift diving. There is something for everyone. Our one dive at "Japanese Garden" started out calm and then the current picked up and it turned into a drift dive. Kay's staff on the boat kept an eye on our bubbles and knew when our course changed, that it had turned into a drift dive and they picked us up when we surfaced.
The dive briefings were detailed and Kay explained the Jawfish behavior and how to approach them. As we waited on the bottom of the sand following Kays example and waiting a few feet away, we saw jawfish with mouthfuls of eggs dance just above their holes. It was mesmerizing to watch their elegant movements.

We also saw several blennies, snake eels, pipefish, frogfish, seahorses, morays, spotted drums, soapfish, and the biggest spiny lobster I've ever seen.

Our stay at the Beachcomber Hotel was very nice, clean, and accommodating and a daily continental breakfast was included with the package. The dinner menu was limited and the food was very good. We had dinner at the Paradise Hotel a few nights and the food was excellent there. We also had a nice dinner at Grand View Grill with Kay and Malcolm.

Kay let us tag along on her photo shoot at the Botanical Gardens. Sinclair gave us an interesting and informative tour of the beautiful gardens. He pointed out trees that were hundreds of years old and demonstrated the uses of flowers, spices, and leaves. It was well worth the visit.

St. Vincent is still unspoiled and its beauty and charm are unsurpassed. We will be back to dive again with Indigo Dive. It was one our my best dive trips!

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