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

Blue Island Divers/Marriott Frenchman's Cove, Dec, 2012,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 39 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6831.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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