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Dive Review of Cane Bay Dive Shop/Cane Bay Reef Club in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Becker, CA, us
Report Number 1921
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All legal islands in the Caribbean, Mexico (Cozumel and Sea of Cortez),
Micronesia, Fiji, Tonga.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
85   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
back to boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
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):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Choose St. Croix because we were taking along an inexperienced
traveler/diver; looking for something tropical, yet convenient.  St. Croix
did the trick (direct flight from Atlanta).  Going to the North end of the
island took us away from it all, yet had all the ease of being in the US.
The Cane Bay Reef Club is not all it advertises itself to be.  Most of the
room photos are of their Penthouse Suite, so its not exactly what you are
expecting when you get there.  The cost led us to believe that the place
was a lot more upscale.  Lots of age and wear.  However, the manager did
get in right away and got the things fixed that needed fixing.   On the
plus side, each room has a kitchen, Living Room with futon and bedroom. 
Air conditioning worked well.  Balcony did great for drying stuff.   I
would stay there again if the price was more reasonable.
Diving with the Cane Bay Dive Shop was great.  They are outstanding in
every way.  I specifically chose them because of their boats.  I had just
had a major abdominal surgery two months earlier and wasnt going to be
able to do much lifting or carrying. They have unique inflatable dive boats
that were designed for navy seals with extremely easy entrances and exits
through the hull of the boat.  They just unzip the front of the boat, you
sit on the floor, feet dangling in the water, and they bring you your gear,
put it on and lean forward.  To get back on, take off gear, they lift it
up, you hoist yourself in.  Couldnt have been easier, especially for
someone who may have some limitations.  
My niece took her Advanced course while we were there and they were very
thurough.  I was specific about wanting her taught something, not just a
quick course to get a card and they took care to make sure she understood
all the information.  I was very pleased.
There is an excellent pier in Fredriksted; night dives amazing there.  As
good as the pier in Bonaire.
Had hoped to do similair shore diving (rental vehical necessary here) as in
Bonaire.  Not as possible.  There is an excellent entry/exit point in front
of dive shop (whre they put boats in).  Anywhere else you are dealing with
Urchins in the 1  3 foot deep water, makes it real tough to get in and
Relaxing week with decent Caribbean diving.  
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