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srsbmk

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Carriacou
« on: August 04, 2008, 19:32:51 UTC »
My husband & I are thinking about diving in Carriacou.  Any thoughts re:  dive operations, places to stay, places to eat, time of year to go, etc??


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Re: Carriacou
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2008, 04:14:02 UTC »
We spent a few days in Carriacou diving in Nov 2006. Stayed at Bogles Round House, a small B & B. Accommodations were basic but owners were very nice and food was excellent. No A/C so evenings were warm but manageable. It was best place we found to have dinner. Rode local buses from Bogles down to Hillsborough daily (maybe 10 minutes) to dive with Carriacou Silver Diving. Owner and his wife lead the dives and run the shop. Very competent and friendly. Dive from smallish boat. We went out for one tank then came in for surface interval and lunch somewhere in town. Then a second tank in the afternoon. Short boat rides - 4 to 6 divers. Easy pace. To be honest, diving was just fair. OK fish, coral, viz, etc.  Not a world class diving destination but definitely a friendly, kicked back place to visit.

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Re: Carriacou
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2008, 17:05:36 UTC »
The diving is ok on Carriacou...Max and Silver Diving do a good job, and it's a very safe operation.  The reefs are pristine compared to lots of other caribbean islands, and there aren't many divers wrecking the corals.

The island however, has very little in the way of infrastructure..including very few places to eat.  We found it difficult to get in the amount of diving we wanted, and still have the time to get meals in!!!  Slow service, no guarantee that a "restaurant"  will be open, and very little on the menu to choose from. 

It's a great place to go if you don't mind roughing it a bit...but it's a bare bones type of place.

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Re: Carriacou
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2008, 19:27:53 UTC »
Thanks so much for the info & insight.  Before we make any decisions, I have one more question:  Did you do any diving on Grenada while you were in the area?  If so, what are your thoughts on diving there instead of or in addition to Carriacou?  If you did dive there, what operation did you use & where did you stay?

Thanks, again!

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Re: Carriacou
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2008, 20:49:20 UTC »
We stayed a few days and dove on Grenada. We stayed at Spice Island Inn. Quite upscale, pricey and a bit formal....no ahletic shoes in the dining room, etc. We dove with Aquanauts who have a satellite dive shop at the resort. Boats a bit crowded during our stay and frequently dropped you off at their shop on the other side of the island, resulting in a van transfer and lengthy delays getting back to the hotel. Again diving was OK during our visit but not spectacular. The Bianca C wreck was impressive. This was in November of '06.

To be honest the best diving on that trip was at Blue Waters Inn on Tobago. I know a lot depends on conditions during your visit....some luck there. But the coral, fishlife, viz were very good during our visit. Certainly dramatically better than Carriacou or Grenada. Dove with Aqua Marine Diving which operates right at the Resort. Just an average dive operation with modest older boats but they are just steps from your room and boat rides are very short to good dive sites. Good shade on boats.  Nothing fancy about Blue Waters Inn. Definitely chose the more expensive rooms. The cheap ones are old and funky. They have a fun bar and serve inexpensive good food (hamburgers, sandwiches, bar chow). We recall the meal plan being a little expensive. Several restaurants in Speyside. Be warned, however, it is a long taxi ride from the airport to Speyside (1.5 hours) but scenic. Also Topago customs/immigration can be incredibly slow. I recall for that trip we flew to Barbados and did short flights from there to Grenada, Tobago, etc.

That's probably more than you wanted to know.


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Re: Carriacou
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2008, 23:53:52 UTC »
We, too, dove in Tobago, at the Blue Waters Inn a few years ago.  We were there in December & did not think the diving was great.  Too much run-off from the rain made the vis very murky.

Thanks for the info on Grenada & Carriacou.  It just confirms what we've read in Undercurrent.  Because the dollar is so weak, it make sense to stay close to home.  Grenada/Carriacou are the only places we haven't dove in the Caribbean, so we thought we'd give it a shot.

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Re: Carriacou
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2008, 16:10:04 UTC »
The other island in the Grenadines that we REALLY enjoyed is St. Vincent.  Diving is excellent.  We used Dive St. Vincent.  Bill Tewes is one great critter finder and we have been back several times.  The island does not have much tourism, but there is one outstanding hotel...Young Island Resort.  A small place, with only around 20 cottages, all very nice.  If you are going in the off-season (autumn) you can get a good price on an all-inclusive week.  (Try LuxuryLink.com for their specials on Young Island Resort...you can save 30% over rack rates.)  You can get a separate dive package from Dive St. Vincent , and since they are  only 300 feet away, their boats will pick you up right at the resort dock.  Plus the food is wonderful.  So no foraging for meals like you sometimes must do on Carriacou!

We have also done Bequia, which has excellent diving as well, and several good hotels and many restaurants.

Can't help too much about Grenada..sorry.



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Re: Carriacou
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2008, 20:56:34 UTC »
Yes, we too, have been to both St. Vincent's Young Island (twice because we loved it so much) & Bequia.  We've also been to Mayreau, another tiny island in the Grenadine chain--very bare bones there. 

 

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