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Dive Review of Cane Bay Dive Shop/2Dive4 Villa in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Brent Barnes, OK, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5650
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Saba,Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize, Cocos Island, Florida Keys, Jupiter,
West Palm Beach, Flower Gardens and Stetson Bank, Bahamas, St. Eustatius,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
[None]The smaller zodiac-type boats do not have rinse buckets for cameras,
the larger ones do.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
[None]I spent a week on the north shore of St. Croix with my family and the
divers of our group did 15 dives over the week including a combination of
shore and boat dives. We stayed at the 2Dive4 villa which is a 3 bedroom
vills that can accomodate 8 and is specifically designed and built for
divers, but this villa was just sold and I believe it is no longer
available for rental. There are several small places to stay on the north
shore and there is the very nice and large Carambola resort. If you are
going with a group of divers, it is worth checking out the multiple private
villas for rent on the north shore as they may be cheaper than renting
multiple rooms. The villas range from small to extravagant. We rented a car
and found the driving on the island very easy and took one day free from
diving and explored the beatiful island including a visit to Point Udall,
which is the most eastern point of the United States. The north shore is
famous for its wall which comes within 75 - 100 yards of the shore. We did
a combination of shore and boat dives, but I would recommend going with
mostly shore dives if you are comfortable diving on your own without a
guide as it is cheaper and you can dive on your own time. And, many of the
best sites are easily accesible by shore. The Cane Bay wall, which is right
off the Cane Bay dive shop, is spectacular. Simply gear up and walk across
the road and enter the water. I was concerned going in about long swims to
the wall from the shore, but the swim is not long at all and there is
plenty of reef and life in the shallow area on the way out to the wall. The
wall is spectacular with extremely healthy corals and many small fish.
There is not a huge number of large fish and pelagics are not common. We
saw a couple of nurse sharks, a reef shark and several turtles but no other
pelagics. Northstar is also a spectacular site and can be dove from shore.
Gear up at the abandoned building and swim out to the buoy and drop down to
the wall. In short, there are about 8 seperate dive sites on the wall that
are all accessible from shore and are all within a mile of each other so
you can truly get in a full week of specatular diving just along this
stretch on the north shore. There are several other excellent sites that
will require a boat to reach and are worth doing including the Butler Bay
wrecks and the Salt River Canyon. However, if you have limited time and
only a couple of days to dive, I would bypass the wrecks and Salt River
Canyon and dive the north shore wall. However, St. Croix does advertise
itself as the only place you can dive a wall, wreck and famous pier in one
day and it can easily be done. Do not leave St. Croix without diving the
Fredricksted Pier. We dove it three times over the week - twice in the day
and once at night. It is a spectacular dive with tons of unusual critters.
Seahorses, frogfish, gurnards and octopus are seen commonly. We saw four
octopi on one dive and several sea horses. The maximum depth will generally
be less than 25 feet unless  you go out to the end of the pier so we
actually got in a full two hour dive. This is an incredible dive for macro
photographers. There are not a huge number of restaurants on the north
shore, but there are several outstanding ones. I would recommend Off the
Wall, the Cane Bay restaurant and a restaurant I cannot remember the name
of just east of Cane Bay that has outstanding food and specialty home-made
ice cream each night. Just ask any of the divemasters and they will direct
you to it. The north shore is very quiet, we did spend an evening in
Fredricksted when we did our night dive and a day in Christanstead.
However, we were seeking quiet and solitude with excellent diving and the
north shore did not disappoint. I am shocked that a large dive resort has
not set up in this area with such spectacular wall diving so easily
accessible, but for now it is wonderful having the quiet north shore and an
excellent dive shop to support it. The divemasters were excellent and
worked hard. 
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