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Dive Review of Anchor Dive Center/Villa Margarita in
Virgin Islands/St Croix

Anchor Dive Center/Villa Margarita, Jan, 2008,

by Brent Foster, TX, USA ( 1 report). Report 3794.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 81 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 45 to 50 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments I took UWP as my last AOW certification dive. Had alot to photograph and have alot to learn. Scott Cook, my AOW instructor, took considerable time in pointing out excellent subject matter. Fair camera deck on board the dive boat and fresh water rinse.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I am a beginner, going from OW straight to AOW. So as you can imagine, being my first salt water experience, I was in complete amazement at the real world of scuba diving.

Having planned the trip and AOW certification about three months ago, Wiz and his staff made sure I got the best possible traning. Assigned to Scott Cook, PADI Instructor, for my AOW and EAN training was a blessing. He took great care to insure I was safe and learning. His ability to point out the smallest critters still has my jaw down around my chest.

These guys are simply exceptional in every way.

The wife and I lodged at Villa Margarita, about a 15 minute drive to Christiansted and the Airport. Its a B&B at Salt River (where Anchor is located)and it could not have been more perfect. John, an accomplished diver, and Adele made it a point to inform us they don't serve breakfast-they substitue HAPPY HOURs-which was perfect for the wife & I. Also, the Anchor East Wall and Gentle Winds dive sites are out about 1/4 mile from Villa Margarita and the wife truly enjoyed monitoring the dive progress from our balcony. Did I mention that most of the dive sites that I visited are only about 5 minutes from Anchors dock.

I am sure I will dive some dramatic and exotic locations in the future, but I made some true friends on my first trip. Going to be Hard to Beat.
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