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

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Al Fleig, MD, UNITED STATES
Report Number 2958
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Ctalina, Key West, Zeeland Netherlands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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