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Dive Review of Anchor Dive/Carambola Beach Resort in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

Anchor Dive/Carambola Beach Resort, Sep, 2006,

by Maria Smith, KY, USA . Report 3055.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 86 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Anchor is a fantastic shop to dive with. The divemasters were very knowlegable and on the look out for everything under the water. They were quick to point out objects and animals of interest and identify them with a slate. The dive sites are numerous and close enough so the boat can return to the shop for surface intervals. There is a restaurant/bar on the premises and restrooms as well. The dive boats have fresh water for cameras and a freshwater shower for divers. The groups were small with 6 divers per divemaster. My gear was set up for me when I arrived each morning, and then rinsed and stored each evening. Anchor made it easy to dive in this way. The divemasters are safety concious and extremely capable of handling dangerous situations. I met divers of all experience levels and each seemed happy each day with the dives. When a dive package is purchased a complimentary kayak tour is offered. The evening tour is spectacular! I already have plans to return to St. Croix and to Anchor in December!

Carambola resort is a nice place to stay. Pluses include its seclusion. The beach is incredible as are the views. The rooms are in the process of being updated, but comfortable as they are. The screened in porches for each room are awesome. The restaurant has a limited menu, but it is good. The bar is full service. Service was excellent despite what I have read on line. Car rental is a MUST. The island is easy and fun to explore with a car. Judy of Croix car rentals goes out of their way for you and is a dream to rent from. This is my second visit to this resort and will return to it again in December. The drive from Carambola to Anchor dive shop is about 15 minutes of spectacular ocean front view!
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