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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers in
Virgin Islands/Tortola

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Brant Cheikes, MA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3354
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Throughout the Caribbean, incl. Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman,
Dominica, Providenciales, Grand Turk
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to boat with >500psi air  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat had a rinse tank, that's about it
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Diving: Blue Water Divers (BWD) was an ok, but not great, operation.  There
were 6-8 divers per trip.  Boat was adequate, but barely.  Some reasonable
shade.  No head.  Drinking water provided, no snacks.  Believe it or not,
very cheap, watery beer was also available post-dive (but at least it was
cold).  All of the other divers were relatively new and inexperienced. 
Dive Masters were capable, and I was more or less allowed to dive on my own
(I was alone on each trip) and on my own profile.  No emphasis on diving in
buddy teams.  Diver Masters focused on needs of the inexperienced (seems
reasonable).  Fish life was rather dull.  Dove the RMS Rhone; that was
moderately enjoyable, but again, fish life seemed sparse compared to other
islands.  Tortola is a boaters' paradise, but I think as a result the reefs
are overused.  Corals appeared washed out.  On first day of diving, BWD
made special trips to nearby islands to pick up additional divers, which
significantly lengthened the dive day (two tank dive lasted from 9a
departure to 3:30p return).  On second day of diving, BWD spent 90 min
between dives, at anchor, doing basic new diver training while other divers
waited on the boat.  All things considered, I would try a different dive
operation just out of a feeling "I can do better than this."

Tortola was an ok destination.  Stayed at Sebastian's Seaside Villas. 
Accommodations were very nice, but office staff wasn't friendly or helpful.
 Found plenty of very nice places to eat on the island, most, but not all
of the restaurant staffs were friendly.  Lots of nice beaches, but you
really need a 4wd rental car.  Really calm waters, nice swimming.  Enjoyed
the vacation, but doubt we'd go back.
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