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Dive Review of CaribStu/Blue Water Inn in
Trinidad and Tobago/Tobago

CaribStu/Blue Water Inn, Mar, 2010,

by Deborah Swackhamer, MN, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5902.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments In January and March of 2010 my husband and I went to Tobago, and dived with Stuart Simon, a one-man dive operation called CaribStu. Stu is a British ex-pat living in Trinidad and Tobago, and provides personalized dive services to very small groups, typically one couple at a time. He has his boat up in Charlotteville, and we stayed at the Blue Water Inn in Speyside where he picked us up by boat every morning. In our 20 years of diving, we have never dived with a more competent, professional, and enjoyable divemaster and guide. His first, second, and third priorities are safety. He caters the diving to your level of experience, so we were able to get several advanced dives. He is attentive, observant, and very intelligent. He knows the reefs extremely well, and took us to places other dive shops do not frequent. He knows his reef ecology, too, which adds tremendously to the dive experience with him. After a week with him in January, we decided to return in March – this repeat trip was even more enjoyable than the first. On our next to last day we explored a new site – one he had not yet explored – a good example of the trusting relationship that had developed between us. He found what may turn out to be a new coral species sighting in Tobago waters. During the surface intervals he provided a range of healthy snacks and drinks, and chatted easily with us about everything from rock music to global politics. We can’t say enough good things about Stu the person and divemaster, and his great operation CaribStu. Getting to Tobago can be a challenge, but if you dive with Stu, it will make it very worthwhile!

The reefs in Tobago were very healthy, and had some of the greatest diversity of coral and fishes that we have seen anywhere in the Caribbean. The locals do not eat reef fish so the reefs are not overfished at all. The volume of tourism is still small enough to have not adversely impacted the reefs. Every dive seemed more interesting than the previous one. All the expected reef fishes and critters, plus seahorses, juvenile angels, interesting crabs, spotted eels. Fabulous abundance and diversity. Took longer trip out to Sisters, but visibility was low and did not see any pelagics.

Blue Water Inn was very comfortable, clean, friendly, and had excellent food. We arrived after midnight the first night, and they left us sandwiches with our key…nice touches like that all week long. We did rent a car to see other parts of the island, and highly recommend Jemma’s in Speyside. We did a tour out to Little Tobago bird sanctuary, we high recommend that. We loved Tobago, its friendly people, its relaxed pace, and Stu - and the diving was exceptional.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cayman, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, St Lucia, Statia, Saba, Guadeloupe, USVI, BVI, Turks & Caicos, Great Barrier Reef, Fuji, Papua New Guinea, Yap, Guam, Palau, Pohnpei
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stu customized profile to diver request
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Stu is an excellent photographer and will customize dives for photographers
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