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Dive Review of Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent/Mariners in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent/Mariners, Mar, 2010,

by Anita M McChesney, NY, US ( 1 report). Report 5579.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving PNG, Lembeh, So. Africa, Fiji, Multiple Carribbean sites, Galapagos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Once Bill was confident you could dive well with good buoyancy there were no restrictions and no time limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No facilities at dive shop. Water rinse on boat. No set up on boat. BUT... The photo ops were amazing for small critters and fish and Bill Tewes is incredible at finding the small and unusual. It was an UWP's dream.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Bill Tewes has always been considered a bit difficult to get along with by some, and I'm sure he could be for those not seriuos about looking for the critters. He makes an incredible effort to find the unusual and we found him an absolute delight to dive with. It is very personal service by a very experienced avid diver. His crew of divers are almost as good. Bill is the best dive guide we have encountered and each dive we saw multiple new creatures we had not seen before. We had all the time we wanted to take photos for the most part, but Bill does watch and if one tries to fry a frogfish with the strobes he will reprimand you. He is not, however, unpleasant or unreasonable about it and he is correct. The Mariners resort is a short 3-5 minute walk to the dive boat. The accommodations were very good and the food was excellent as was the service. We ate every meal there and still didn't try every thing on the menu. It is a small place but with nice grounds and a nice pool. The bar is a neat set-up and does attract some locals but was not rowdy. If you book the trip with Bill you can save 20% on the cost of meals. We flew to Barbados and then to St. Vincent on Liat rather than go thru Peurto Rico and this seems to be the favored choice. For all the bad we had heard about Liat we had a very good experience. If you take more than 2 checked bags the extras go as standby, and may not arrive on your flight. I'm sure some people rant and rave about this. We just accepted it, were very pleasant with the check in people, and all our luggage arrived with us. This is a great dive trip and should not be missed by those really interested in the small stuff and photography. It is not for one seeking larger creatures and probably not the best for new divers or young divers.
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