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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

Anchor Dive/Bluewater (S.C.U.B.A.) Divers/The Waves at Cane Bay, Feb, 2003,

by Donald Hoft, 01746, USA . Report 374.

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

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 80 feet/40 minutes. To conservative for most divers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 worthwhile.
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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