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

Blue Water Divers/Wyndham Sugar Bay, May, 2003,

by David Reubush, VA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 45 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 1247.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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