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Dive Review of Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent/Young Island Resort in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent/Young Island Resort, Feb, 2010,

by Paul J Halverson, MN, US ( 2 reports). Report 5383.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cozumel, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Tahiti, Fiji, Bali, Wakatobi
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions no decompression dives. 72 cu ft steel tanks filled to 2500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They are careful with the camera equipment. Fresh water rinse tank is available on board.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments First about Young Island Resort. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was prepared perfectly, served in a timely fashion, and is excellent in all regards--a highlight of the trip. We initially stayed in Bungalow #5 which is cozy and right on the beach. It was without AC but a constant breeze made AC unnecessary. Now the bad! Directly across from us was a local beach bar and at 10PM Saturday night they turned up their music so loud that despite closing the windows, placing pillows over our heads and using noise canceling headphones there was no escaping the thump of the subwoofers. This went on till past 4AM!. Cancun discos can't hold a candle to this place. There is no one at the main desk past 10PM so we just had to tough it out. Our complaint the next AM was met with a laugh and comment that the bar does party on Friday and Saturday nights----Oh, and there is Karaoke on Wednesday nights. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights were uneventful!. Sure enough Wednesday night at 10PM the bar turned up the music and we were serenaded with a bunch of drunk, off-key karaoke singers till 2:30AM. By Thursday morning we had had enough and demanded to be moved. The hotel did accommodate us but our new bungalow (with AC) was one of the least desirable. It is too bad because otherwise the resort is great, but I absolutely cannot recommend anyone staying at this resort until the late night bar noise is fixed. Even off the beaten path we could still hear the bar's music over the din of our AC and with windows closed. Thankfully during our last Saturday night their sub woofer was broken and we could at least get some rest prior to flying home the next day. Consider staying at the Mariner across the water which is located near said bar but not in the direct path of the bar's speakers and subwoofer.

As to the diving, it is well known that one goes to St. Vincent for the macro opportunities. I chose to dive with Bill Tewes Dive St. Vincent. Unfortunately, Bill was not on the island during my stay. I did make that request when I made my reservation, but since I made the reservation about a year in advance, I understand plans can change. Reading other reports it is clear that Bill needs to be there for one to get top value with regard to the diving experience. The two DM's were personally very nice. But it was clear that one of them seemed "burnt out." There were multiple dives in which he pointed out NOTHING! I am pretty good at spotting small creatures so despite the DM floating in midwater I was able to find and photograph some new and unique creatures. There is no surface observer on the boat during the dive and no 02 safety equipment is kept on board. I was told the oxygen was back at the dive shop! They use 72 cu. ft. steel tanks usually filled to 2500 psi, although I had two fills at 2200. There is no official dive time limit but this is one way to limit dive time to 60 minutes or less.

On a positive note! Liat airlines was on time (even early!). Our bags arrived with us. Yes there is a $60 surcharge for my second checked bag. But we knew that in advance. This is the first time we flew with them. Reading other reports I know that flying with Liat can be problematic. Honestly that did not prove to be the case with us.

Concluding I cannot recommend Young Island Resort because of the unbelievably loud bar music (Unless of course you wish to party with the locals until past 4am - then this is the place for you). While I did not get to experience the pleasure of diving with Bill, You may wish to!
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