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Dive Review of Indgo Dive/Mariners Hotel in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Indgo Dive/Mariners Hotel, May, 2010,

by Roberto Labrador, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5501 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 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 So I landed for the first time on St Vincent in the late evening. One problem though, my bags seemed to go on to some other lovely island destination. And there I am, huffing and puffing without a change of clothes and no dive gear. Then I hear my name being called out from the crowd. Itís Kay from Indigo Dive. She takes the lead in helping me solve my immediate problems; she calls my hotel (Mariners Hotel), advises them to my situation and arranges some toiletries and a late meal. She was very helpful and put me in a taxi (on her by the way) and a better state of mind. Off to my lodgings where I settled in for the night.

The next day, right on time, I found a dive boat keeping station just off the beach. The Indigo Dive crew were mostly twenty-somethings and all very polite, helpful good humored. Thus started four days of diving, usually two dives a day, with a third dive upon request. My bags came in the next day and Kay promptly ran me up to the airport to collect them. Each dive briefing was clear and concise with a lot of info on what critters to expect. Dive profiles were established and off we went. Kay was a gem at finding small critters, some in odd places, some hiding from me in plain sight.

I found marine life that Iím still looking up the names of! The corals were lush even though they werenít large, a lot of pink and fan coral. What surprised me was the amount of juvenile fish. I have never seen so many baby Drummer Fish in one area. Thatís good to see, the place was positively ďaliveĒ If youíre bringing a camera be share to bring you macro lens, youíll kick yourself for not bringing it.
For a place thatís known for itís small critters, there were a heck of a lot of fish. I dove one wreck (name escapes me), nice, fairly intact small freighter, a really nice dive. A must see is the site called Japanese Gardens, truly lovely. A sandy bottom at about forty feet that looks as if it had been raked by a Zen Buddhist monk. As I swam along, I came upon a bunch of ďislandsĒ of coral and concentrated life. Each one of these little oases reminded me of bonzi trees, awesome. Also make sure to dive The Bat cave.

In between dives there were snacks and beverages onboard along with fresh fruit. I didnít have to lift a thing, tanks were changed for me and each day my gear was broken down and washed in fresh water. I found it set up on the boat ready for me the next day. ďCome as a client, leave as a friendĒ, that what Kay said to me on our first meeting. She was right. I had a great time, saw a lot of cool stuff and had a good laugh or two. I think this was a great value and Iíd dive with them again in a heartbeat.

Note: St Vincent is a pretty, small, quiet Island. If you looking for nightlife, this ainít the place for you.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Barbados, St Maarten, Saba, Key Largo, St Lucia, St Corix, Bermuda, Bonaire, St Vincent
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-65 Ft/ 15-20 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions General guidelines were set, some sites were a bit advanced so adherence to them was stressed, otherwise dive master allowed of latitude.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Bring your macro lens.
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