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Dive Review of Baskin in the Sun/Prospect Reef in
Virgin Islands/Tortola

Baskin in the Sun/Prospect Reef, Jul, 2002,

by Paul Martin, NC, USA . Report 31.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None of the dive sites were deeper than 90 feet. Dive buddies were allowed to split off from the group. No solo diving allowed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The photo shop in the marina is outstanding. Jim is very helpful and has the latest in digital equipment to demo. He'll download your images on his computer and burn a CD for you if your storage device gets full.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Prospect Reef Resort has seen better days. I took a list of 13 problems with our room to the manager (including problems with the air conditioning, shower, sink, toilet, refrigerator, closets, ceiling caving in, etc.)and was told we couldn't change rooms although the hotel appeared to have many vacancies. Many of the problems were left unresolved by check-out one week later. The grounds are nice and the on-site restaurant (Callaloo) was excellent, although pricey. If I ever return to Tortola, I'd stay at Long Bay Beach Resort, despite the 25 minute shuttle to the dive boat.

Baskin in the Sun Dive Operation was advertised as "super service, you never carry a tank or gear". The guy who wrote that must not be a diver. The tanks are on the boat (72's, altho you could request 80's)...you set up your gear. Nearly half of the tanks were low fills - the staff didn't check them...even after many complaints. It was up to the diver to check the tanks he planned to use for the day. No one was there to help you out of the water or to change tanks between dives. The staff was extremely cordial and enthusiastic about diving, but just not very helpful. The boat left Tortola and picked up passengers at Peter Island. Sometimes we would wait there for 45 minutes. It seemed that the schedule was for the convenience of the dive operators and not the customers. The wreck diving was great, and the coral very health and vibrant. This could be one heck of a dive destination with a little effort directed at customer service.
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