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

December, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US
Top Contributor   (38 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6831
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Hawaii, Palau, Lake Tahoe
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco. Come up with 500 psi or more.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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  
Comments
separate camera bucket
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
I found Blue Island Divers from Trip Advisor reports, then searched
Undercurrent reviews (latest was 2008).  Went to web site, then sent email
a few months ahead and got a prompt reply from Killian.  I had indicated I
wanted to do wrecks and deep dives, not "baby" dives and they
have been happy to accomodate that request.  The boat does pick up cruise
ship divers, but most of these are good divers since BID doesn't have
contracts/arrangements with any cruise lines, so divers find them by word
of mouth and good reviews. Today was my 5th day of diving, with several
large wrecks, beautiful reefs and wide assortment of the usual tropical
fish.  I plan to do more dives this week.  NITROX available.  I've gone on
the morning dives, but they do schedule 1:30 trips if sufficient number of
bookings.  Leaves from Crown Bay Marina (west side of harbor), so they can
quickly reach the west side dive sites.  Never had to share a site with
another dive boat.  Only water (no snacks) provided, but there is a grocery
and restaurant at the marina where you can get breakfast, lunch, snacks. 
Nice restrooms with showers at marina and free parking. Never rushed on a
dive; if you've got air, you can spend time around the boat if others have
run out and surfaced.  I got 80 minutes on a first dive while DM was
teaching a Discover Diving student and others were snorkeling at the end of
the dive.  DMs look for lionfish to kill, so the sites they frequent are
relatively "clean", but we spotted 7 or 8 on one dive today and
the DM got at least 4.  I wouldn't have thought of St. Thomas as a diving
destination (I'm staying on a timeshare exchange) and have been pleasantly
surprised at the quality and variety of diving.  Killian, Pauli and G (DMs)
have made me want to come back next year!  Weather can be changeable in
December; had some wind last week, some showers passed through, but
generally sunny with some clouds.  They will rinse and store your gear
overnight if your diving with them again; rental gear looks in good
condition.
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