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Dive Review of Admiralty Dive Center/Marriott Frenchman's Reef in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas, USVI

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeffrey B Renner, WA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5578
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Pacific Northwest, Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, Micronesia, Honduras,
Grand Cayman.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers are largely free to dive their own computer profiles, but dive
masters are there to provide needed guidance, assistance and supervision.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
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):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We spent four days diving with Admiralty; we were very pleased with our
choice, and would have no difficulty recommending their operation to
anyone. They were very accomodating, willing to pick us up at our
hotel-something neither of the other dive operations we contacted were
willing to do. That helped us make our choice, but it also became apparent
that Admiralty was the best choice after we began our dives.

The crew members were very safety oriented; the briefings were clear,
thorough and to the point. The skipper and dive masters worked to
"spoil" the divers and make the entire experience enjoyable and
effortless. Unlike some operations that reduce dives to the "lowest
common denominator", Admiralty would set up separate dives for
inexperienced divers and those with more time underwater. They exhibited
great environmental sensitivity, and extensive knowledge of the local
marine life and reef ecology. One dive master is taking a leadership role
in preserving reef health and dealing with invasive species, such as the
Lionfish. It gave our dives that added dimension to get a better
understanding and appreciation for what we were seeing.

In a broader sense, the Marriott at Frenchman's reef was a reasonably
priced place to stay with attractive grounds and good restaurants. I'd
especially recommend Havana Blue. Probably the one negative from this trip
would be the taxi drivers. They're pushy and very expensive-even charging
for luggage as separate items. Rental cars are a must. Although cars are
built with the steering wheels on the left, as in the states, you drive on
the left, as in the U.K. We found it easy to get used to. Saint Thomas was
fun; my one suggestion would be to take a couple of days on Saint John-a
beautiful, charming island with much to recommend it.

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