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Dive Review of Admiralty Dive Center/Bluebeard's Castle Resort in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Faithe A Evans, TX, US
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Report Number 6094
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Maui, Bonaire, Palau, Yap, Aruba, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Because these are boat dives 1 hour is maximum time or 700 psi minimum air
return.  Nitrox is a $15 upcharge per bottle.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
FREE USE OF 35MM CAMERA WITH ANY PACKAGE advertised on Admiralty's website
but I have my own.  No rinse tank on boat but there is a fresh water shower
available.  Boat captain will pass and receive your camera from the water.
Duane would find me underwater for "special" pictures of marine
life he would find.  Never more than 30 minutes to the dock.

Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Admiralty Dive Shop owners Duane and Laura are the best!!  We arrived late
on Saturday and stopped by the shop to sign up for Sunday dives but it was
way past closing.  Upon arrival at our resort, Bluebeard's Castle, we found
them waiting for us at the bar.  We got to meet and talk and get to know
each other before our first dive!  Dwayne is an awesome divemaster and on
the way to each site he gave us an in depth description and history of what
we were about to see.  He has a "special" USCG safety briefing
for anyone that has not been onboard his vessel.  Lots of fun but with
safety being a priority.  I made 25 dives and Hubby 27 during our 2 week
vacation.  Dwayne and Fishbutt, our alternate great divemaster and CORE
Dive Coordinator, even made a special night dive for us having only 3
divers. The reef life is great.  We saw green and hawksbill turtles, many,
many lobster and prolific conch everywhere.  There were nurse sharks
sleeping under overhangs on several dives.  The wrecks are making great
reefs as well as wonderful backdrops for underwater photo ops.  Eels,
spotted eagle rays, huge southern sting rays, tiny crabs, big crabs and
cleaner shrimps, all kinds of reef fish, anemones and corals and sponges
and I learned of other reef creatures like corallimorphs from Duane. 

Duane and Fishbutt worked with several new divers completing certification
as well as some very young divers that had been certified recently.  I
can't say enough good about each of these men as divemasters, boat
captains, environmentalists, historians of the island and all-round nice
guys.  Go dive with them if you are on St. Thomas - they will even pick you
up!!  Full service??  YOU BET!

The one day I didn't get to dive I was in pain with an ear fungus.  Laura
was great to get me in to see her "doctor", a nurse practioner on
the island.  I was able to get some drops from the pharmacy right away and
didn't miss any more of the fun.

Bluebeard's Castle is so centrally located and convienent to everything,
sitting just above the main Charlotte Amalie Harbor for a spectacular view.
 There have been recent renovations and some still ongoing to make the
resort up-to-date and clean.  The staff was always quite cheery and
helpful.  Beverly was the clerk on duty when we arrived and directed us to
find Duane and Laura at the Banana Tree bar.  She and I chatted several
times and shared a few laughs.  The concierge was helpful to arrange and
re-arrange reservations for us and supplied great directions to a number of
locations we needed around the island.  Tho' Bluebeard's Castle is not a
5-star resort I would certainly be happy to stay there again and again as
our 1 bedroom condo apartment more than suits our needs.  The Banana Tree
Grill was our favorite restaurant on the island being so convenient for us
at least 6 times.  The food was superb and we were always greeted by either
James or Chris at the bar and chef Douglas would always check on us.  Need
I say the food was fantastic.  

Several other restaurants we enjoyed were Oceana near the Frenchtown
Harbor, The Old Stone Farmhouse on the north side near the golf course,
Funchi's was a fun snack place with good conch fritters and local cuisine
and Pie Whole had great pizza.  Good breakfast at the Frenchtown Deli on
the waterfront.
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