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Dive Review of Dive St. Vincent in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dive St. Vincent, Dec, 2008,

by Ann McGrath, VA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 4570.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, South Pacific, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no restrictions specified
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments There is a small rinse tank on one of the boats, but don't leave your camera in it! One diver's Ikelite housing cracked while the boat was moving and the camera equipment was in the rinse tank. On another boat, there is no rinse tank. There is no place at the dive shop, that we saw, where you could rinse your camera equipment.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments We were quoted a package price that included room, breakfast, airfare and diving. After examining what we were charged at the end of the trip, we were overcharged almost $400 each.

We were also told, quote: "Two dives or three dives daily, same price." This was not the case - we were charged $50 for each dive over two daily dives, a total of another $300 for most of us.

We were asked to bring our own water on board, although they did have some drinking water available. There were no towels on the boats, and you also have to bring your own snacks. We ended up bringing food after the first day, because we were usually on the boat from 9:30am until 4pm (three dives).

We were able to dive our own profiles, and stayed down as long as 90 minutes. The divemasters were OK at pointing out some things, but we didn't see the variety of critters we were hoping for. The divemasters were very helpful and cooperative.

We booked a hotel that was advertised as "a short walk from the dive shop and boats." The "short walk" was supposed to be on the "beach" from Sunset Shores to Dive St. Vincent. While the distance along the water may have been about 100 yards, it was not all "beach". It was sand for a short distance, then we were walking on large rocks covered with algae, in the surf. It was treacherous and took a long time - we took the road after that. We got a ride back to our hotel from one of the divemasters on the last day. The dive shop owner picked up another couple, but did not offer to pick us up or drop us off any other day. So, it was a hike, up a steep hill, each morning to the dive shop, and each afternoon back to the hotel. We found it easier to just walk back to the hotel in our wetsuits.

They will rinse some dive gear, but not wetsuits, so be prepared to take it back to your hotel room and rinse it yourself.

On the last day of diving, the dive shop owner arranged for seven people to dive off their smallest boat. This boat has no cushions, so seating is all hard surfaces, and there is very little shade and very little room. I asked for the larger boat. I was able to get the larger boat, but not without some resistance from the dive shop owner.

We do not plan to dive with Dive St. Vincent again.
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