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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers/Wyndham Sugar Bay in
Virgin Islands/St.Thomas

May, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by David Reubush, VA, USA
Top Contributor   (45 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1247
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Red Sea, Australia, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Belize,
Bonaire, Curacao, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were generally less than 70 ft.  Only one approached 90 ft.  We were
supposed to come up with at least 500 psi, but I did not ever come up with
less than 1100 psi.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
Had been there the previous year so did not bother to take my camera.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
The good:  Blue Water Divers are easy to work with and very friendly.  They
have a new boat that has a head on it as opposed to the one last year
without.  This is an important criteria for an over 55 diver.

The bad:  St. Thomas is not the world's mecca for diving.  If you are going
for other reasons, by all means dive, but don't go for the diving.  I was
there this year for my step-daughter's wedding so I went diving for 3 days
before the wedding.  (We checked out wedding locations during last year's
trip.)  The divemaster this year was not the same as those last year. 
While he was a friendly kid he was just doing a job and putting in time. 
Most dives were out and back from the boat with virtually no effort
expended to point out items of interest.  The typical clientele were cruise
ship divers with little or no experience so they did not know what good
diving is.  I was always the last into the boat and I still always came up
with over 1100 psi.

We stayed at the Wyndham because this had been selected as the wedding
location (The wedding was the only part of the trip that went off great). 
The Wyndham is sorely in need of renovation.  The beds were uncomfortable,
the carpets threadbare, the pool and hot tub missing tiles.  The food was
of the quantity over quality variety.  We have no intention of returning.
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