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Dive Review of Indigo Dive/Beachcombers Hotel in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Indigo Dive/Beachcombers Hotel, Aug, 2009,

by Gregg Thomas & Carol Downie, AZ, USA ( 1 report). Report 5087.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Kay Wilson and her crew were very accommodating. Both Kay and a shuttle driver met us at the airport for the ride to the Beachcombers Hotel. We were picked up promptly each morning on the beach in front on our hotel for the first of our three daily dives. The ride to the dive sites was typically 5 - 15 minutes. Their boat was a covered 25ft Carolina skiff that was comfortable enough for the 3 - 5 divers aboard and the short rides. Water, juice and snacks were provided during the surface intervals. The dives were mostly shallow dives, 30- 60ft, with lots of opportunity to find small critters. We saw a lot of small typical reef fish, but no large fish of any kind. We were pleased to discover a number of "firsts" including a mushroom scorpion, magnificent urchin, ocellated box crab, tube anemone, jawfish with eggs, and chain and viper morays. We also found some critters that even Kay couldn't identify, including a different pipe fish, a quarter-inch nudibranch and a 1-inch bright yellow cushion star. We dive with magnifying glasses and are interested in macro life. This was a great place for that. Kay and the DM's were good at helping us spot new creatures and considerate of our slow pace. Because of our shallow depth, our dives averaged about 75 minutes, so lots of bottom time. Boat exits were by backroll and entrances on a small ladder after handing up your fins and BCD, if you wished, to the crew. Kay provided sandwiches on the boat for lunch as we did not come back to shore in between our three daily dives. We had to abort our first dive of the trip due to currents but the rest of the week was calm with little to no current. Beachcombers is a comfortable hotel. We had a king bed room on the second floor with a view of the ocean if you looked hard to the right. The on-site restaurant provided a complimentary continental breakfast consisting of fresh fruit, juice, toast and jam and other breads. Eggs and other breakfast items can be ordered from a menu. The evening meal menu was limited but the food was good. Many of the islands restaurants are on the expensive side, but we had good meals at Surfside (next to Indigo's dive shop) and Xcape, both within walking distance of the hotel.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving South China Sea, Caribbean, Philippines, Sulawesi
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth limit, no gloves
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No table or rinse tank
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