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

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ernie Plourde, CT, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 6318
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We basically had no restrictions after the check out dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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