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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers/Myett's Hotel in
Virgin Islands/Tortola, British Virgin Island

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Robertson, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 3338
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia Great Barrier Reef, Palau, Yap, Chuk Micronesia, Tonga, Niue,
Fiji, Cook Islands in the South Pacific, Bimini Bahamas, Turks &
Caicos, Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, Bonair & Curacao and the Cayman
Islands in the Caribben.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to the boat with 500 psi in your tank.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Pretty much non-existent with Blue Water Divers or We Be Diving.  We were
on our own.  We did find a fresh water hose at the BWD dock that we could
use to rinse cameras, gear, etc. at the end of the day.

Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We are a diver & non-diver traveling together, so this wasnt
necessarily a dive-dedicated trip, but it worked out perfectly.  We had no
planned reservations other than our first night on Tortola where stayed in
Road Town at the centrally located Village Caye Marina & Hotel.  It was
an excellent choice to overnight after arriving on island.  The a/c rooms
were nicely furnished, clean, and affordable and the staff was friendly and
helpful. They have a very good bar & restaurant on premises overlooking
the marina.  The next day we rented a car and took off to explore the
island.  We had researched several places beforehand and visited a few
before dropping into Cane Garden Bay.  As soon as we saw it from the road
overlooking the bay that wed want to stay there for at least a couple of
days  we ended up staying there for the rest of our 2 week trip.  Right on
the beach in the middle of the quiet half moon bay was family owned Myetts
Hotel.  They have 3 rooms and a beach bar & grill restaurant that offer
a surprisingly good selection of tasty affordable fare.The staff went way
out of their way to make sure everyone had a good time.  By the end of our
stay, we were on a first name basis with everyone.  

Blue Water Divers is based at Sopers Hole Marina on the western end of the
island.  Its a 20-minute car ride from Cane Garden Bay and we were on our
own to get there.  A couple of times Sandy dropped me off so she could have
the car to shop in Road Town and Sopers Hole.  The other times, I took the
rental car as she was content to enjoy the beach in Cane Garden Bay.  Blue
Water Divers is closer to the dive sites so the boat trips were shorter
only 15 to 20 minutes.  Blue Water is owned and operated by brothers Mike
& Keith from Australia.  They came to Tortola 12 years ago, started a
dive shop and have been running it very well since then.  They charge $93
for a two-tank boat dive if you have your own gear.  

Blue Water Divers has a nice 34-foot dive boat with snacks, head, water and
plenty of room.  We picked going in September / October knowing it was low
season and we never had to fight a crowd.  No more than 5 divers on any
boat.  Both ops dive the Salt, Peter & Norman Islands across the Sir
Francis Drake Channel.  The viz usually ran 60 to 80 feet, but that was
because we had breezy days.  We were told that normally this time of year
there is no wind and the viz gets over 100 feet.  We saw lots of reef fish,
turtles, sponges, Creole wrasse, gorgonians, lobster, morays and a couple
reef sharks.  The reefs looked healthy and in pretty good shape.

I also went out with We Be Diving who had a shop right in Cane Garden Bay. 
$105 for a two-tank boat dive. They picked me up at Myetts Hotel for the
20-minute ride across island to their main shop at Road Town marina.  Their
boat was small, never had more than 4 people, including the DM, but there
was also no O2, radio, head or drinks on board.  DM Kate bought skittles
with her own money to share.  We were allowed to dive our own profiles. 
The only limitation was to be back at the boat with at least 500 psi.  We
dove the HMS Rhone, the local trophy wreck dive known for its part in the
movie The Deep.  Between dives, the small boat had starter problems.  Kate
called the shop and they promised to send another boat.  They didnt. 
After about an hour of fiddling with it, it finally started and we returned
to the marina.

Staying in Cane Garden Bay on Tortola was perfect.  We could explore the
island by rental car or use the ferry service to see the Baths on Virgin
Gorda or cross over to Jost Van Dyke to have an original Painkiller at
the Soggy Dollar Bar on White Bay.  We had a great time and would go again
in a minute.

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