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

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2411
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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

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Usually 1 hour or 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
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
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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