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Dive Review of Cane Bay Dive Shop/Villa Dawn in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

Cane Bay Dive Shop/Villa Dawn, Mar, 2006,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 64 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 2411.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bonaire, Roatan, Utila, Belize, Aruba, Revillagigedos, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Maui, Kona, BVI, Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Usually 1 hour or 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Diving from small inflatables so no rinse tank on board; photo gear always at risk of being stepped on or crushed by dive gear. Need to always be vigilant. Did not have any problems but usually held unto my camera.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments In 2 words: NO FISH!! The marine life about St. Croix is noticeably diminished from 3 years when I was diving there last. It is pretty sorry when it is a big deal to see an angel fish. There apparently are no fishing restrictions on St. Croix so the locals use gill nets and bring up anything and everything caught in their nets. The effect is devastating.

Saw no turtles or nurse sharks; both creatures were fairly common 3 years ago.
The wrecks on the West side offered the best diving for smaller critters like trunkfish and filefish. The night dive at the Frederickstadt pier was decent except for the exit from the water. We had to climb up the bumpers for the cruise ships then someone topside pulled us up the rest of the way. It was a real challenge for some of the heavier divers. A portable panga ladder would have very helpful.

The Villa Dawn is a private home for rental (can be Googled) overlooking Cane Bay. Very nice accommodations with its own pool and nice grounds. Close to Off the Wall Bar and Cane Bay Dive Ship. Can comfortably handle 8. Highly Recommended .
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