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Dive Review of Jean-Michel Cousteau Diving - Caribbean/Petit St. Vincent Resort in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines/Petit St Vincent

Jean-Michel Cousteau Diving - Caribbean/Petit St. Vincent Resort: "Cousteau Diving - Caribbean - Petit St. Vincent", Nov, 2015,

by Dorothy McDonald, OH, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 8672.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Petit St. Vincent Resort (PSV) is expensive but includes a lovely, air-conditioned and private cottage (one of 22 on the island) as well as all meals and non-alcoholic drinks. There are no TV's, telephones only call the office/housekeeping, WIFI is available near the office/bar area. There is a small boutique, a beach bar and restaurant and a main pavilion with bar and open-air dining. Meals can be delivered to your cottage and lunches can be delivered to the beach. This is a place for people who like to get away from the "real world" without sacrificing comforts.

The new Cousteau dive operation had only been up and running for a couple of weeks, but co-managers Dan and Natasha had been there about a month, exploring different dive sights. They are both friendly and experienced divers who have worked and dived around the world. The boat was well equipped with safety equipment (oxygen, life jackets, fire extinguishers, radio) and was comfortable for 4 divers with cushioned seats and plenty of shade. It could seem crowded for 6 divers, but since they cater to small-groups and few PSV guests dive, that should not be a problem. While the two of us were there we dived 5 days and had the boat to ourselves 2 of those days; there was one other diver on 2 days; another day we shared the boat with a couple who did their open-water certification course while there. Dan was their instructor and made the dives with them while the two of us dove with Natasha. The new divers did well and were very enthusiastic about their training and experience.

Water was always available and a variety of fresh fruit and cookies were served after each dive. Dan and Natasha set up our gear for the dives and rinsed our gear each day. Diving was a very good mix of big (eagle rays, sting rays, turtle, nurse sharks, reef shark) and little (crabs, shrimp, octopi, morays, snake eels, lots of colorful tropicals, etc.) critters. Dive times ranged from 60 - 70 minutes and max depths were 40 to 75 feet.

We took our own dive gear, but new Aqua-lung equipment is available and is included in the price of the dives. Shore diving was available, but we did not try it.

Reefs, grassy sand, a wreck - easy, colorful Caribbean diving!
Websites Jean-Michel Cousteau Diving - Caribbean   Petit St. Vincent Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Caribbean, Indonesia, South Pacific, Maldives
Closest Airport Getting There Fly to Barbados. The resort helps arrange a charter flight from Barbados to Union Island (guests pay for the 2 hour flight). Someone from the resort meets the plane and takes you the approximately 1 block distance to the dock where the resort's yacht takes you on about a 20 minute ride to the resort. It sounds complicated, but is easy and is worth it!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-75 Ft/ 8-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Minimal restrictions for experienced divers: keep the guide in sight, signal at 1500 psi and 500psi. A few of the dives were drift dives, but currents were mostly mild.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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]
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