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Dive Review of Dive St. Vincent/The Mariner in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dive St. Vincent/The Mariner, Dec, 2002,

by Richard J. Troberman, WA, USA (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 486.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii; Bahamas; Cayman Islands; Turks & Caicos; French Polynesia; Australia (Coral Sea).
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny,dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computer; Recreational limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Bill Tewes, the owner of Dive St. Vincent, has been diving these waters for 20 years. He is a master at finding and identifying small critters. He uses an "etch-a'sketch" type pad underwater to identify things for you so you don't have to wait until the end of the dive to ask him what that strange thing was that you had never seen before. He can make a 90 minute dive in a small sand patch a great adventure. But there is much more than that, including healthy reefs and walls. On two of the three days I dove with him I was the only diver. Fortunately for me, Bill never hesitated to go out with just one diver. During three days, we completed a punch list that included several seahorses (including pregnant male); scorpionfish; pikeblennies (bluethroat, yellowface, quillfin); bratula; white nose pipefish; banded and yellowhead jawfish; longlure frogfish; squadrons of flying gurnards (6 together in one sand patch); and several varities of shrimp (invisible, sun, squatted anenome, Pederson, banded coral, scarlet cleaner, and golden). Bill was also very informative about the Island's history and customs. I stayed at the Mariner Hotel, which is about 50 yards down the sea wall from the Young Island pier, where Dive St. Vincent is located. The best restaurant is the Allegra, located between the Mariner Hotel and Young Island pier. Spend some extra time on St. Vincent and tour the Island, including Kingstown. If you're looking for big stuff, go somewhere else. If you want some nice relaxed diving with lots of bottom time (my dives averaged 75 minutes) with great visibility and a large variety of small marine life, St. Vincent is the spot. It is a photographer's mecca, and a true Caribbean experience.
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