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Dive Review of Dive St. Vincent/Rented house in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dive St. Vincent/Rented house, Feb, 2009,

by Alan Olson, Il, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4667.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Caribbean, and western Pacific.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions as long as safe.
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 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments The critters were to be found in shallow water and were easy to find.
Clearly a macro camera is required. Water for cameras was on boats and the dive masters treated and handled camera carefully.
You can spend as much time getting pictures as you liked. The only down side being, missing out on a critter the dive guides found while you photographed the last critter.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments One suggestion is to co-ordinate your visit to St. Vincent to be sure the owner/operator, Bill Tewes is not off island. Bill's fame for finding critters is deserved. The dive staff, Callie and DJ are more than capable at finding the unusual creature. Each of my visits to St Vincent and diving with Dive St. Vincent have been enjoyable and each time I have been able to add something new to my list of must see.
The last trip included the Island Seahorse and the Brown Striped Octopus which are new to my list.
Dive St. Vincent has made St. Vincent the critter capital of the Caribbean.

The wet and dry seasons seem to be shifting so expect to have rain and wind when it should be dry and calm. The air carrier servicing the islands can be a pain. Liat Airlines will weigh your checked bag, 40lb. allowed and your carry on 15lb. and charge for any over weight.
I would suggest flying to Barbados, spend the night and take the short morning flight to St Vincent on Liat.
Dive St. Vincent will supply a BC and fins as part of the dive package
to save on your luggage weight.

On the muck dives expect to be scolded for stirring the bottom sediments. If you like firing up Bill this is a good way to start.
The critters you will see diving with Dive St. Vincent is worth a little scolding.
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