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Dive Review of Cane Bay Dive Shop/The Palms at Pelican Cove in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

Cane Bay Dive Shop/The Palms at Pelican Cove, Aug, 2012,

by Steve Busby, TX, US ( 1 report). Report 6670.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Galapagos, Indonesia, Fiji,
Mexico, Bonne Terre Mine, Belize, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Group diving limited only by air supply...out of the water with 500 psi or better.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat needed larger rise tubs. Got a little crowded.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The island amenities were excellent with the exception of larger groups. We traveled with a group of 12 and most restaurants offered little to no help in separating the check. Quite rude in a couple of restaurants.
The diving was great. The coral was in good shape and there was even progress in getting Staghorn coral to develop.
The dive operator and hotel services were exceptional and I highly recommend both. I would return to St Croix and use the same facilities.
I wish we had known the correct wall dive from a diver magazine I had researched. The site was called Vertigo and I would have liked to have made that dive. However, the wall dive we made was also good, North Star.
The Fredericksted Pier is a must do dive both daylight and a night dive. We saw many smaller Octopi, Frog fish, Bat fish, and turtles. An amazing shallow dive.
Diving was as long as you wanted with only a 500 psi or better when returning to the boat.
So most of our dive were at least 60 minutes or better. We were able to add dives since our package only included 2 dives per day. Cane Bay Dive Shop was very accommodating and helpful and even arranged for lunch on our 3 dive days.
The shore diving was at Cane Bay and was an exceptional shore dive.
As mentioned, I would return to St. Croix.

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