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Dive Review of CaribStu/Blue Water Inn in
Trinidad and Tobago/Tobago

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Deborah Swackhamer, MN, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5902
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, St Lucia, Statia, Saba, Guadeloupe, USVI,
BVI, Turks & Caicos, Great Barrier Reef, Fuji, Papua New Guinea, Yap,
Guam, Palau, Pohnpei
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stu customized profile to diver request  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Stu is an excellent photographer and will customize dives for photographers
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
In January and March of 2010 my husband and I went to Tobago, and dived
with Stuart Simon, a one-man dive operation called CaribStu. Stu is a
British ex-pat living in Trinidad and Tobago, and provides personalized
dive services to very small groups, typically one couple at a time. He has
his boat up in Charlotteville, and we stayed at the Blue Water Inn in
Speyside where he picked us up by boat every morning. In our 20 years of
diving, we have never dived with a more competent, professional, and
enjoyable divemaster and guide. His first, second, and third priorities are
safety. He caters the diving to your level of experience, so we were able
to get several advanced dives. He is attentive, observant, and very
intelligent. He knows the reefs extremely well, and took us to places other
dive shops do not frequent. He knows his reef ecology, too, which adds
tremendously to the dive experience with him. After a week with him in
January, we decided to return in March  this repeat trip was even more
enjoyable than the first. On our next to last day we explored a new site 
one he had not yet explored  a good example of the trusting relationship
that had developed between us. He found what may turn out to be a new coral
species sighting in Tobago waters. During the surface intervals he provided
a range of healthy snacks and drinks, and chatted easily with us about
everything from rock music to global politics. We cant say enough good
things about Stu the person and divemaster, and his great operation
CaribStu. Getting to Tobago can be a challenge, but if you dive with Stu,
it will make it very worthwhile!

The reefs in Tobago were very healthy, and had some of the greatest
diversity of coral and fishes that we have seen anywhere in the Caribbean.
The locals do not eat reef fish so the reefs are not overfished at all. The
volume of tourism is still small enough to have not adversely impacted the
reefs. Every dive seemed more interesting than the previous one. All the
expected reef fishes and critters, plus seahorses, juvenile angels,
interesting crabs, spotted eels. Fabulous abundance and diversity. Took
longer trip out to Sisters, but visibility was low and did not see any

Blue Water Inn was very comfortable, clean, friendly, and had excellent
food. We arrived after midnight the first night, and they left us
sandwiches with our keynice touches like that all week long. We did rent a
car to see other parts of the island, and highly recommend Jemmas in
Speyside. We did a tour out to Little Tobago bird sanctuary, we high
recommend that. We loved Tobago, its friendly people, its relaxed pace, and
Stu - and the diving was exceptional.

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