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

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Foust, ca, us
Report Number 1608
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
St. Lucia, Caymans, australia, fiji, cozumel, revillajegedos, catalina,
saba, St. Eustastia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
only restrictions were your air; typical dive was over an hour...  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 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  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Bill Tewes, owner / operator of Dive St. Vincent cateres to macro
photographers so there was provision for rinse tanks on each boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
    My liveaboard Tahiti trip was canceled due to engine failure. Having
already cleared my schedule, I scrambled to arrange another trip. No simple
task in a weeks time. Either time frame didn't match or flights were full,
leaving me with few options. Reading chapbook 2005, Dive St. Vincent got
generally good reviews. Prompt response to email from the owner / operator
Bill Tewes was very instrumental. When I called the next day he answered
the phone unexpectedly. Assistance with air connections were made,
accomodations / package arranged and surprisingly I pulled this off....
with their help. Very good customer service.

    I have really little exposure to macro photography.... I don't have a
macro lens. Arriving from LA on a redeye in one day, tired but in one piece
things worked out. Accomodations: I stayed at mariners for no particular
reason other than since I was alone the economy plan was in order. The
hotel staff was nice and open internet availability was a plus. The room
had a good view and was comfortable enough. Small drawbacks the the shower
head and tv remote in poor shape were tolerable. The mattress and bedding
were minimal.The adjoining restaurant French Verandah was good even if
expensive. I was here to dive.
    Dive operation: This is not the place for heart pounding big stuff. It
is known as the "Critter Capital".... and for good reason. Bill 
personally leads the 2 tank dive leaving at 9:30, getting back, around
2:00. Dives generally conclude when air is consumed from steel tanks filled
to +/-2400psi. This produced dives of and average 60 mins or more as the
average depth was 35 feet. Bill is very committed, and dedicated to showing
people these tiny discoveries..... some you even need a magnifying glass
for. After 20 plus years he still seems excited. He is also interested in
the photgrapher's experience...... so I received several admonishments
about perfect bouyancy control so as not to " muck " up the muck
dive for others.
I considered myself an above average diver with good bouyancy
control........Bill quickly revised this view. However, he holds no grudge
and just keeps wanting the experience to be the best. His divemasters,
while competant, don't share his enthusiasm or interest. So your experience
is quite different if he is away at a dive show (5 times a year). Oddly I
was alone on the third dive I scheduled most days, which was easily
arranged with prior notice. Bill led this on two occassions, continuing to
discover things I would never have noticed. The boats are well maintained
and staff nice.

    Sea life: sea horses, pipe horse, pipe fish, frog fish(1), batfish,
jawfish, many juveniles (jacknife, spiny lobster, etc.), assorted crabs,
blennies, and gobies.

    Conditions: water was 82, air in the mid 80s, not being in the rainey
season. several decent restaurants within walking distance.
    I give strong recommendations, and with a macro lens, wouldn't hesitate
to return largely due to Bill's expertise. Second only to PNG in small
stuff you'll have a great time, good food and enjoy this true one of a kind
character in the dive industry..... Thanks Bill Tewes
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