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Dive St. Kitts

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Basseterre, St. Kitts
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About Dive St. Kitts
Dive St Kitts, the island’s premier dive operation, is located onsite at the Bird Rock Beach Hotel. The private harbor shelters the 32' twin 200HP monohull and is perfectly located on one of the best, easy access, shoredives on the Caribbean side of St Kitts.
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Nam C wrote a review Oct 10
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I cannot say enough great things about the staff and Brad (DM) regarding my OW Certification. Very responsive by email and professional. I had booked a trip to St Kitts and decided what could be a better destination to get certified than in the beautiful Caribbean....certainly a quarry in the states wasn't going to be nearly as much fun. Brad was extremely patient, great at explaining the skills and ensuring the pace was at my comfort level prior to moving onto the next skill. It can be overwhelming trying to remember everything at once and his patience made the difference with me feeling comfortable during the process. The OW dives/ sites were amazing!!! While constantly reviewing my skills, ensuring I was doing what we needed to do and feeling comfortable, he was also pointing out marine life. I was often way to focused on the skills, I clearly wasn't paying nearly enough attention on enjoying the reason of diving in St Kitts. I was fortunate to be able to go diving in Grand Cayman, Honduras, Aruba and Bonaire before the worldwide pandemic shutdown in March 2020 (COVID-19, in case you forgot) and was comfortable enough/ building confidence with each subsequent dive. Again, I credit Brad with his patience during instruction and it has opened a whole new world (literally) which I have been able to enjoy. Thanks again to Brad and the rest of the staff at Dive St Kitts. I look forward to diving in St Kitts again one day and you can be sure, I will be contacting them.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Inspiration255900 wrote a review Feb 2020
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Do not trust this dive shop. This was the worst experience I have had ANYWHERE out of all the places and countries I have rented equipment in. I called the dive shop to verify their equipment rental prices (listed on their website) and shop hours before renting equipment from them in November of 2019. They were not open when I drove there even though it was during hours they said they would be open. I called again and arranged to meet them the next morning. We wanted to rent scuba gear and tanks for two people to do a two tank shore dive (we did not go out on their boat) and snorkel gear for two people. Because they were actually open only at irregular times, and the Equipment Rental rates listed on their website and verified with a phone call seemed reasonable, we agreed to rent the equipment for two days and return the equipment before the same time two days later per the guys in the dive shop. According to their published rates on their own website, the total should have been $100 (US dollars). When I returned home and received the credit card bill I saw they charged a total of $360 (US dollars). That is why I say do not trust this dive shop and I recommend that people stay away from this dive shop. Charging $360 for what they advertise as costing $100 per their website under equipment rental is dishonest. Two divers doing a two tank boat dive would have totaled $210 according to their website (although I question if they are honest and accurate about that amount). We did not go out on their boat and use their staff for our dives. They only rented us the gear to do our own shore dives elsewhere. It is dishonest to charge us 3.6 times (360%) their advertised Equipment Rental prices on their own website (see photo) and also far more than if their staff had taken us out on their boat to two different dive sties for a two tank boat dive. That is why I say don't trust Dive St Kitts. I certainly will never consider them again for dive or snorkel gear and recommend that no one else do so either.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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bevwatkins2 wrote a review Sep 2019
Englewood, Florida7 contributions4 helpful votes
We chose this dive as an excursion on our Carnival cruise. Our 1st glimpse that something was going to be off was when we all had to fill out medical questionnaires again even though that process was completed when we got our certifications and this was a certification required dive. Secondly we were shuttled to their dive shop where we had to wait for at least 30 minutes for their shuttle to bring over another group from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Ultimately they crammed 20 divers on this small boat (see photo) where we were packed in like sardines making putting on our gear next to impossible until folks at the end of the boat were already in the water leaving room for the others to move. Also 20 divers to (2) guides was too many. This boat didn’t have a landing area for jumping in so we were required to back roll in, which wasn’t a huge deal but it took forever to get all these folks into and back out of the water. We were concerned about the weight capacity on this boat as well. Because we were packed into this boat they were only able to take 1 tank for each diver. Requiring us to come back and empty the boat so they could swap tanks for the 2nd dive. By this time we had spent so much time that the 2nd dive was about 1/2 mile offshore. Although we saw some stingray and a nice size turtle this dive was just not enjoyable because they tried to take way too many people. This was supposed to be a 4 hour excursion but it ended up being almost 6 hours before we returned to the ship.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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John D wrote a review Sep 2019
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Great excursion. We had a few minor delays getting started. Not the crew's fault. Probably cruise ship organization issue. Dive was pretty easy. Lots of sealife. We visited the wreck M.V. River Taw and Bird Rock Reef. The briefing was thorough and informative. Recommend this operator and would use again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Alicia Harvey wrote a review Aug 2019
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I chose to get certified on my week long cruise and Dive St. Kitts was my first open water dive. Brad was really good and knew it was my first time and he could tell I was nervous. His calm demeanor and telling me to take it slow before I dropped into the water made my experience wonderful. The staff was knowledgeable and prepared and I would definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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