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Dive Review of Blue Island Divers/Marriott Frenchmen's Reef in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by DAVID ELLIS, TX, Usa
Report Number 1460
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions on the dive.  All except one diver were advanced and he was
with his instructor.  Most were locals and everyone was allowed to do their
own dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Didn't take my camera but there were a pair of very experienced
photographers aboard.  The did provide a rinse tank for her camera and she
seemed pleased with the dive locations and opportunities for photos.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
We did a Sunday morning lobster dive.  The ride out and back was a bit
bumpy.  The first site was a terrific dive site just off an island west of
St. Thomas.  The terrain was a hump or piles of rocks just out from Savanna
Island.  It was a beautiful dive site.  I would love to dive it again just
for the dive.  Depth was 75' and less.   Vis was 80 or more.  There was a
slight current.  The dive master knew just where the lobsters would be. 
Lucky I was with him.  They provided what we needed to lasso the bugs from
behind.  The DM's experience helped us cull and release the female and bag
the keepers.  It wasn't easy!  The DM, myself, and another diver brought
back 6 from the 1st dive.  Saw a shark, turtle, and a large variety of
carribean fish, large and small, while looking for lobsters.  We surfaced,
did our surface interval and moved to another location on the other side of
the island.  Vis was half the 1st dive and not nearly as interesting but we
did get another large lobster.  Long bumpy ride back to Frenchmen's Reef
dock where we stayed.  They gave me a container to carry my lobsters back
to the room where we iced them down in the bathtub until dinner.  The chef
at the Blue Havanna (there at the Marriott Morningstar Resort) had agreed
to prepare them if we brought some back. The newly opened restaurant had
never done that before and the waitstaff was buzzing about it.  The chef
seemed truly excited when we told him to "do his own thing" with
the lobsters. Our 25th anniversary dinner couldn't have been more excellent
or memorable.  I highly recommend Blue Island and the Marriott Resort.  We
plan to return and do more diving there.   David Ellis,
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