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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers in
Virgin Islands/Tortola

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Fran Leach, CT, USA
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Report Number 4849
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Bahamas, Red Sea, Australia
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Initially time was the limitation until the dive crew assessed your ability  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
The last time we dived in Tortola was about 15 years ago, since then
whatever you want to blame, climate change, pollution etc has killed off
between 90-95% of all hard coral at the major dive sites. There were a few
patches here and there but most of the hard coral formations are a
graveyard, sadly. On  positive note there was plenty of soft coral but
probably due to the lack of hard coral not many fish either or many shrimp
or lobster macro stuff.  We did see turtles on every other dive and the
Wreck of the Rhone was great, one of the better Caribbean wreck dives and
on this trip the only place we had any current. Also only saw one eel.
Other parties saw some nurse sharks but we didnt come across any. The
deepest dives were around 80ft and most of the time we were at between

Blue Water divers was an efficient friendly operation. Initially our dive
leader was a bit of a worry-wort and wanted us to keep up, but after a few
dives realized we went slowly and werent going to get lost and so he left
us alone.  Most days we were on their slowest, bigger boat leaving at
9.00pm and virtually every day we picked up divers off sailing boats at
Cooper, Norman or Peter Island so the days were lazy and we did not get
back to Tortola until 3.30pm to 4.00pm which suited us just fine.  You
really need to rent a car to get the most out of Tortola where the people
are friendly and, despite the economic downturn, the wealth seems to have
flowed down to the locals, possibly because there are no big chain resorts
or hotels.  We stayed on the north side on Cane Garden Bay at a place
called Lighthouse Villas, which we can thoroughly recommend.  Getting
decent quality of the food at a reasonable price is always a bit of a
challenge in the Caribbean. The best we had was at the Jolly Roger Inn in
the West End, Il Capriccio in Roadtown wasnt bad and good value, elsewhere
the food was average at best.  The diving was not the greatest but was
relaxing and the island is one of the prettiest in the Caribbean
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