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

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Kaye, WI, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4906
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico ( Pacific coast & Cozumel) Caribbean
(Bahama's down to St. Lucia) Aruba and Curacao, Roatan.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
While I do take underwater photographs, my set up is just a Canon with an
underwater houseing( nothing fancy) but just fine for me for now.  Indigo's
owner, Kay Wilson is quite the photographer, though, and made sure my
camera inwas properly emerced during surface intervals and in transit.  She
made a point of mentioning interesting things to keep an eye out for and
did not rush dives allowing plenty of time to poke around and get great
shots.  She finds things that other dive masters would speed past!  We had
great loooooooong dives!
She compiled a cd of shots she'd taken all week long for us to take back
home, too. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We had a great trip from start to finish.  We planned our trip on the fly,
a week from inception to being greeted at the airport.  I called another
dive operator just for general information on where he'd suggest to stay,
what mm suit to bring along, questions about his operation.....WRONG guy to
call. Very snippy and no help at all.  Was told if I was rich, stay at
Young Island, if I was poor stay the apartments.  I told him I'd call back
in the morning and talk to someone else...I did.  I called Kay at INDIGO
divers! She actually gave me useful information on where to stay, and
actually suggested the resort we had sort of blown off because we thought
it was too inexpensive.  She got Beachcombers on her cell phone while I was
on the other line and got us all set in and hour.  Even held our
reservation while we went through airline angst!  Arranged for our airport
transfers and even was there to pick us up on Saturday nite.

Kay and her operation are top notch!  They picked us up each morning on the
beach right in front of the Beachcombers.  The boat was small, but well
maintained and very organized. Plenty of room.  Kay and Indigo Divers are
the only PADI International Retail and Resort Association shop on St.
Vincent and adhere closely to PADI safety standards.  Unlike the other dive
shop I contacted, Indigo dives with a divemaster and a boat captain on all
dives, guaranteeing that there is someone on the boat at all times. 
Believe me, I've been in current conditions that separated our dive party
the instant we hit the water. You want someone on the boat!

Indigo didn't rush our dives either.  We had 18 dives for the week, and
only 2 were under 1 hr.  Two were 90 min!  We loved it!  Our nite dive was
70 min, and I don't think we left the 90ft perimeter of the boat.  

St Vincent has great healthy reefs and walls full life and color.  There is
a nice wreck dive and muck diving that is also exceptional.  The boat rides
to the dive sites averaged no more than 20 min.  Although we were there
during the rainy season, we still dove everyday.  The morning it stormed we
had already arranged to dive the afternoon and a nite dive, but we did end
up wearing our wetsuits and goggles back into the dock on our last day due
to a tropical deluge.

This was probably one of our more relaxing dive vacation.  St. Vincent is
not that commercialized yet, the only "chain" we found on the
island was a single KFC.  We've fallen in love with St. Vincent and are
already planning a return trip next August.  Kay has already told us she'd
be more than happy to help us plan that trip so we can dive the rest of the
Grenadines. Next time we'll try diving Bequia and the southern islands,

If you go, pack lite!  You don't need many clothes, no one cares if you
wear something more than once!  And the little airline, LIAT is very picky,
only 15# carry on!  Two words:  travel vest!  Very useful with  all the
pockets for books, snacks,cameras, phones, ipods, etc.  My carry on was 15#
 I think my travel vest was another 15#, but they weighed the carry on, not
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