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Dive Review of dive st vincent/young island in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

dive st vincent/young island, Sep, 2008,

by jeffrey tindell, ny, usa ( 1 report). Report 4314.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over Carribean and some Indonesia sites
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 25 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving in St Vincent is spectacular and his name is Bill Tewes. My wife and I have been there twice this year, Spring and summer. This is small critter heaven in the Carribean. Multiple types of crabs, shrimp, octopus, squid, eel--my wife is actually the one to name everything. Bill will have his fingers in the sand and it looks like nothing is around--but there is more life than one could ever imagine.
Bill is there and is the lead dive master--he is never boring. Yes he is a character but the more time with him the better. He does not hesitate to critique your diving skill, buoyancy and weight...but this is actually constructive. The more experienced divers will get more from a Bill Tewes experience.
If you want sharks, turtles, rays and the like....don't come here. The currents and depth do not seem to bring them in. If you want to really get into the diving experience, then get here as soon as you can.
This is not luxury catered diving. No sodas, no chips, no fruit and no amenities save a few candies. So bring your own but be prepared to stay down as long as you like. Generally dives are not particularly deep and 75 to 90 minutes is not unusual. We generally had three or four divers. You start at 9:30 and return around 3.
If you want reef diving as opposed to critter diving, Bill will send his manager, Callie. Callie is wonderful, sees an abundance amount and Callie conducts the night diving. We had a night dive which beat all night dives. We saw between six and ten octopus alone plus squid, frog fish, broadband eel, crab, slipper lobster etc. On another night dive we saw electric rays and long armed octopus.
There are accomodations to fit the budget. We stayed at Young Island which is on the higher priced side, but the rooms are lovely and the dinners exquisite. With an overhead fan and the breezes of the Grenadines, you generally don't need air conditioning. Other choices are easily within access and there are multiple choices for restaurants. The people generally could not have been nicer.
Would we return to St Vincent when we generally do not return to other places--absolutely but only to Dive St Vincent.
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