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

Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent, Apr, 2012,

by Ray Haberman, CA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 6497 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Being retired, I have the privilege of being able to go where I want and stay as long as I want. In Nov, I came to St Vincent 9 years ago because of an article in Undercurrents. I stayed for a week. I came back a month later and stayed for 3 months. The next trip I stayed for 4 months. I'm now up to staying 9 months and diving well over 250 dives a year. I am still finding and photographing things for the first time. Many of them considered rare by the experts. Flatworms, Slugs, Shrimps, Crabs, Nudibranchs, Brittle Stars, Tunicates, Zoanthids, Mollusks, Anemones, Corals, Blennies, Gobies, Angelfish, Frogfish, Sea Horses, Wrasses, Jawfish, Pipefish, Basslets, Hamlets and Batfish are just a small sampling of what can be seen here. I have to emphasize "can" not necessarily "will" be seen. I've seen and photographed things that Bill Tewes has never seen in his 27 years of diving here. For those divers that are willing to put forth the time and effort to get here, they will be well rewarded. For most, the trip requires 2 days to get here and a day to return home. LIAT is the only commercial airlines that services the island and their name says it all. Leave Island Any Time, Luggage In Any Terminal, Lord It's Awful Transportation, Laugh It's All True." For divers bringing their own gear, their weight allowance is used up right there, so they get you for overweight. Usually about a $65 charge. Once here, any of the hotels near the dive shop are suitable and make it easy to get to the dive shop in the mornings. The boat leaves at 9:30 for a 2 tank dive. Arrangements have to be made for more than that. Night dives are also available by appointment. All the dive shops in the Grenadines are excellent but for "critters" you really should dive with the shop that put the word critter in "Critter Capital of the Caribbean." Bill Tewes and Dive St Vincent.
Websites Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bermuda, Aruba, Costa Rica, Grand Turk, Utila, Puerto Rico, Yap, Truck, Palau, New Guinea, Australia, Nassau, Cozumel, Belize, Bonaire, St Kitts, Statia Saba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 85-79°F / 29-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-120 Ft/ 15-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions NO DECO dives and return to the boat with at least 200 lbs tank pressure
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 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments My overall rating of 5 is based on the quantity and quality of things to photograph. The reefs are pristine. The reef fish are plentiful. The critters are phenomenal. A macro lens and patience are a must. Critters abound in every sponge and under every rock. St Vincent has been named the "Critter Capital of The Caribbean" and there is good reason for that. Another slogan that should be used is "Where rare is commonplace." The pictures on the dive shop wall will attest to that.

The boats are equipped with a rinse tank and nothing more. There is no camera facilities at the shop. Camera setup, repairs, etc are done in your hotel room.
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