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Dive Review of Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent/rented house in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines/The Leeward side of the island

Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent/rented house: "FOR CRITTERS, YOU DIVE THE", Feb, 2017,

by RAYMOND JAMES HABERMAN, NM, United States (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9700.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments If you come to the island in the rainy season, you can expect to experience sunny, windy, rainy and cloudy days. Come in the dry season and you will just have less rain. During your stay, you may experience the waters to be calm & flat, choppy, surge, and an occasional current. Best to avoid coming if there is a full moon. The average daytime temp. hangs in the mid 80's and at night, the high 70's. Dive St Vincent is a small shop with 2 divemasters. Callie and DJ and between them, have about 45 years diving experience in these waters. Chances are, you will get to dive with each of them. The water temps in the summertime are around 83/84 and in the wintertime they drop to around 78/79. All depends on whose computer you are reading. There are 3 dive shops on the main island with Dive St Vincent being the oldest with over 30 years in business. The legendary Bill Tewes, now retired, made the island famous for its critters. That is why it is called the "Critter Capital of the Caribbean." To see some of the critters that I have photographed, go to www.raymondhaberman.smugmug.com/. Divers come for the critters, reef fish, corals and sponges. The "Big Three" are Sea Horses, Batfish and Frogfish. For big fish, you have to dive one of the Grenadine Islands. With the invasion of the Lionfish, many divers have tried spearfishing. Lionfish are the only fish that visitors are allowed to take.
Websites Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Saba, Bermuda, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Belize, Aruba, Statia, St Kitts, PNG, Yap, Truk, Palau, Australia, Bonaire, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, Florida and Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.
Closest Airport Argyle International Airport Getting There With the opening of the new airport, several new airlines are now available. Caribbean Air and TIA are now offering flights along with the old stand by LIAT

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 79-°F / 26-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-110 Ft/ 15-34 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On your first dive, the divemaster will evaluate your skill level and if he thinks you are able to go solo, he will allow it. On all dives you should return to the boat with at least 200 lbs. of air. Decompression dives are not allowed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boats are not equipped with facilities for working on cameras. Best to set everything up in your room before the dive. Rinse tanks are available on the boats but not at the dive shop. They will lend you a plastic tub that you can take to your hotel.
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By David W Allenin KS, US at Jun 18, 2018 14:41 EST  
Thanks for a very nice summary of diving SV Ray. We have been there several times (soon returning for 4th) and found it to be exactly as you describe. Great body of work on your photo website! Dave Allen www.daveandlisaphotography.com
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