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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers/Long Bay Resort in
Virgin Islands/Sir Francis Drake Channel

Blue Water Divers/Long Bay Resort, Feb, 2007,

by kenneth Katz, nJ, united States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 3993.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All Virgin Islands, Cozumel, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, St Lucia, Barbados
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the leader
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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on board

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Tortola is a beautiful, green and hilly island. Long Bay is very nicely situated on a beautiful white sandy beach. Just off the beach is much dead coral which makes it difficult in some places to enter and swim, though the are spots where it's nice and sandy and I enjoyed body surfing in the surf.
Blue Water Divers(BWD) ( located at Nanny Cay ) has several over- used and not kept up boats. The dive staff was extremely helpful and somewhat apologetic. They knew where the critters lived and gave us a good amount of bottom time. I guess this was only fair since at least an hour and a half was spent picking up bare boaters at half a dozen anchorages. They had two to three boats and every one stopped to pick up a diver or two. They had fresh water and cheap beer.
I had only one opportunity to dive with Dan Betta. He was definetly a fish finder. On one dive he pointed out 5 different Hamlets, 4 types of butterfly fish, 7 different parrotfish, flounders and an octopus. The other dive masters were all sharp. On two of the six diving days I was alone with the divemaster. We dove my computer and had a blast.
The wreck of the Rhone was to die for. I took a hundred pictures and just had a great two dives.
BWD would not buoy if there was an surge or current. This might have been a case of diving to the least capable, but very extreme.
I probably would try another operator next visit to the BVI.
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