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Dive Review of Admiralty Dive Center/Marriott Frenchman's Reef in
Virgin Islands/Saint Thomas

Admiralty Dive Center/Marriott Frenchman's Reef, May, 2006,

by Al Fleig, MD, UNITED STATES . Report 2958.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Ctalina, Key West, Zeeland Netherlands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 0 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with or near dive master on bottom 60 to 100 foot, start to ascend when first person went below 700 psi or so
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Went to Marriott's Frenchmans Reef for 4 days. When I called a week ahead to ask about diving and said I did not want to end up in shallow water with people doing resort course dives they referred me to Admiralty Dive Center (888-900-DIVE). Admiralty said they had 1 other person for my first day, 2 for the second and none for the third. When asked if they would cancel any of the days they replied that if I made a reservation they would go even if no one else signed up! In the end we went with 2, 4 and 3 divers total. The owner, Duane Hausch, and Ryan Schopp alternated between being boat captain and dive master and both were friendly, informative, attentive and helpful, they picked me up on time at the Marriott dock each day and provided well filled Nitrox tanks. Lots of angelfish (french, gray, queen), a goliath grouper, distant black tip sharks, small rays, beautiful spotted drum, lobster. Dove two wrecks a pinacle and several other nice sites. Boat can take 12 they prefer 8 or fewer. St. Thomas has good if not have outstanding diving and is a great combination of shore activities for non-divers and diving. My wife, who dos not dive, really enjoyed the trip. Admiralty was a top notch outfit and I will return to dive with them the next time we go to St. Thomas. The Marriott was a complete resort (Pools, spa, restaurants) clean, nicely furnished, comfortable and in a quiet location close to the main town. They have a ferry that runs every half hour to downtown during the day.
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