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Dive Review of Anchor Dive Center in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Gabriel I. Peñagarícano, PR, Puerto Rico
Report Number 1535
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 78    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No more than 80 feet and the weirdest manner of boarding a dive boat I have
encountered in 523 dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Undercurrent subscribers should stay away from this operator. I contracted
for a two-day, six-dive package and was quoted $215.00. On the second day
they took the boat out with 8-10 foot swells, 10 foot visibility and with a
resort diver on board. The dive was a complete disaster and there was a
minor injury to a lady while boarding. The second dive of the day was
scrubbed (as should have been the first) and when I went to pay the bill
they deducted $10.00 for the scrubbed dive but charged my son the full
$215.00. Divers going to St. Croix are well advised to choose from one of
several very competent operators there and give Anchor a wide berth.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
I wish I had been forewarned of Anchor's significant limitations, both in
its approach to dive safety and the handling of its finances. It is nothing
short of insane to deduct $10.00 from my bill for the cancelled dive and
adamantly refuse to do likewise to my son. It is, of course, not the $10.00
that rankles, but the absurdity of the situation. The shortsightness of
failing to grasp what those $10.00 would do to its standing, at least as
far as I am concerned, is hard to understand. I guess that is why
Undercurrent is such a valuable tool. My fellow divers will benefit from my
untoward experience with Anchor. 
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