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Dive Review of Cane Bay Dive Shop in
Virgin Islands/ST. CROIX

Cane Bay Dive Shop, Oct, 2009,

by Ernie Plourde, CT, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 6318.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving GRAND CAYMEN, BONAIRE, CURACAO, ST.LUCIA, TAHITI, GREAT BARRIER REEF, FIJI, HAWAII,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We basically had no restrictions after the check out dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Today just about everything is digital and that makes life a lot easier, no changing film etc.they provided adequate rinse tanks and were very careful handling our cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had a 6:00 A.M.flight but that gets us to the island early. We rented a car at the airport and drove to the resort, sort of. We got lost in the jungle, I should have known something was wrong when streams literally crossed the road! No problem, they gave us a brand new Dodge Dakota, good ground clearance, and the local mongoose could run under us with no problem, not so much the local deer, but that's another story. We finally found our way to the resort on the north side of the island, apparently Cane Bay has several on island locations, and the staff was waiting wondering where we were. We then went to orientation which was basically a cocktail party. Great horsd'oeuvres and plenty to drink if you were so inclined. We met the dive staff, a great bunch of knowledgable energetic people who seemed as excited to start diving as we were. The resort consisted of 4 bungalows with a stove fridge etc,also included was a bottle of rum, several sneeky petes and snacks, a dive shop and restaurant, very quaint. Diving started around 9:00A.M. each morning with no rush, very relaxed. The dive boat was moored across the street and we were ferried out on a zodiac knock off, all gear was carried by the staff. We did three boat dives a day, the house reef was right across the street if you wanted to shore dive. We did a night dive there and it was enjoyable. We did one other night dive from the town pier, also plenty to see, hugh green morey's and we found a good size turtle sleeping in a barrel sponge suspended 20 ft. off the bottom!There are plenty of good dive sites with everything from wrecks to abandoned NASA equiptment, The dive guides/masters treated you like a diver and did not restrict dive time so they could clock out, we did several 75/80 minuite dives. The diving was very good and the guides tried to put to rest all the lion fish we came across. One huge one retreated under a coral ledge so the guide could not reach him with his gear on so he took it off at 80 ft.and went in after him and came out with the lion fish on his spear gun! On shore, the owner Hal took us to a local watering hole,back in the jungle, there were resident pigs, big pigs who you dropped a un-opened can of beer in their mouth and they crushed the can with their teeth, drank the beer and spit the can back at you! The shopping was in downtown with all the typical dive/souvenir shops, just don't park after 4:30 or they will tow your car and give you a $100 ticket! All in all it was a great trip that I would highly recommend and will do again.
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