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

Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent/Young Island: "Never disappoints!", Nov, 2016,

by Amy Thorkilsen, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9394.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 6th visit to St. Vincent staying at Young Island and diving with Dive St. Vincent every time. You just cannot beat the relaxed diving pace - out of 18 dives, only 2 were under an hour and that's because it was the first day back in the water! We love the critters and unusual species you see nowhere else. Please read my previous review from 11/2014. All info still holds true. This year, the island experienced tremendous rainfall right before we arrived and the vis was not as stunning as in other years, but once you are down, there are always exciting things to see like a rare Flame Back Cherub on our last dive, numerous dives with large squads of curious and approachable squid, and the real stunner was a very close encounter with a 9ft nurse shark. Our dive masters tell us it has been @ 13 years since anyone saw one like that! More good news, beginning in January 2017, St. Vincent is outlawing catching or killing or disturbing the nests of sea turtles, so hopefully their numbers will increase in the coming years. Don and Calli both continue to have amazing eyes for spotting even the tiniest nudibranchs and appreciate the needs and pace of photographers. Also can't say enough about the gracious hospitality of Young Island - the staff welcomed us back like family and now even ask to see our dive photos each day! Delicious food as usual. Exciting JetBlue news for Northeast travelers is the NEW nonstop Newark to Barbados flight which just started Nov. 19. On Saturdays it is nonstop, other days of the week it routes through Ft. Lauderdale. SVG Air also continues to be the way to go from Barbados to St. Vincent. Do yourself a favor and enjoy a trip to St. Vincent!
Websites Bill Tewes' Dive St. Vincent   Young Island

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Barrier Reef, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Cozumel, Saba, Curacao, St. Vincent
Closest Airport St. Vincent Getting There Best from Northeast is JetBlue - now from Newark to Barbados or JFK to Barbados and SVG Air from Barbados to St. Vincent.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None - we were alone (or with 2 other divers) with the dive master on all dives - so private dives as air allowed. Back to boat with @ 500psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large rinse tank on boat but take your own towel or something if you need to change batteries on the interval as there is no table.
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