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Dive Review of Anchor Dive/Bluewater (S.C.U.B.A.) Divers/The Waves at Cane Bay in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Donald Hoft, 01746, USA
Report Number 374
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Palau/Yap, Most Caribbean and Mexican destinations
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
80 feet/40 minutes. To conservative for most divers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
  Anchor Dive is located at Salt River. They have a nice boat (8divers max)
and a terrific staff ((Wiz (D.M.)& Tucker (boat driver)). Many good
sites are within 15 min's with others in Cane Bay a little longer. Dive
mostly with 2-6 divers. D.M. does good job of briefing and pointing out
interesting sea life. Profiles unfortunately are very conservative: 80' and
40 min's. Back with over 1000 lbs every time. Leave dock at 9 am and
1:30pm. Back to dock between dives. Regardless, for some interesting
diving-if not exciting-I would recommend this operation. Further their
location is optimum to the best dive sites on the island. Christiansted
operations require a longer boat ride to the better sites at Salt River and
Cane Bay.
  Sites are pretty: quite good, healthy coral and plenty of fish life, not
much that is large. Dives are generally easy, enjoyable, if not exciting,
some walls. Always within view is a nice array of underwater scenery.
Pleasant diving with the usual Caribbean sea life. Viz wasn't great 50-75'.
Dive shop stores your equipment and will set it up if you wish. A casual,
pleasant, fun atmosphere. Not an advanced dive destination but an excellent
compliment to a St. Croix visit.
  I dove 2 days with Bluewater (SCUBA) out of Christiansted, probably the
largest operation on St.C.. They dive outside the Christiansted reef and/or
travel the distance to Salt River/Cane Bay, (20-30 mins). A good
professional shop with a large staff and good boat which leaves the dock
steps from the shop at 830am and early pm for a 2-tank dive. They will set
up and store gear. Unless you are staying in town this means you need to
drive & park, not a big problem but a little inconvienient. They may(?)
offer a pickup at some hotels. 
  Based on only 4 dives with Bluewater I did not find the diving outside
Christiansted as good as the sites at Salt River/Cane Bay, but still
  St.C. is far more laid back than it's sister Island St. Thomas-not nearly
so overrun with tourists. Plenty to keep you occupied and interested across
the island to compliment diving.
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