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Dive Review of Scuba Safari/4 Seasons, Nevis in
St. Kitts and Nevis

Scuba Safari/4 Seasons, Nevis, Sep, 2003,

by Neil and Leslie Campbell, AZ, USA . Report 734.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Maui, Big Island Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No specific facilities for photography on boat.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Scuba Safari is the de facto dive operation recommended by the Four Seasons Nevis. Their boat anchors in the bay right outside the resort. Frankly, we expected more.
2 of the divers on the boat told the captain that it was their first dive in open water and we informed them that neither of the 2 of us are extemely experienced divers either (less than 25 dives each). Therefore,they were on notice that they had a fairly inexperienced group that day.
The captain gave a very brief but adequate pre-dive briefing. The problem was, once we hit the water, it was as if the divemaster had not heard the briefing. The captain said that the divemaster would regularly ask us to check on our remaining air and would want to know when we reached 1,500, 1,000 and 500 psi. He never asked and one time, as i hit 900, i had to race to catch up to him and tell him.
The dives we took were pure "reef races". It was kick, kick, kick and try to stay up with the divemaster. He rarely looked back to see if anyone had fallen back. Several times i lagged to try to catch a look at something interesting or to take a photo, only to look up and see him several hundred yards ahead, swimming along obliviously.
On one occasion, he came across a scorpion fish resting in the rocks. He kicked it several times with his flipper until it finally departed it's resting spot so we could all get a better view. Later, he relentlessly (and unsuccessfully) chased a puffer for a good 2 or 3 minutes. When we got back onboard, he told me that he caught it a couple of days ago and "blew it up". On our second dive, we came across a sleeping nurse shark. Again, he reached down and prodded it until it scurried away. These actions showed not only a disrespect for the fish and environment but also could have endangered the divers.
When i asked the divemaster on the return trip about a number of fish that we had seen that i was not familiar with, he really couldn't identify any of them. It seemed that i knew more of the species (on my first carribean dive) than he did.
The operation provided no snacks of any kind during their 15 or 20 minute surface interval.
I gave the crew a $20 tip (still asking myself why) and nobody even bothered to say thank you.
Overall, the diving was ok, but i would not recommend this operation. However, if you want to dive in Nevis, i am not certain if there are other options.


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