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Dive Review of Cane Bay Divers/Carambola Resort in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix, USVI

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Joe Williams, sc, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4282
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, BCS Mexico, Caymans, Grand Turk, St. Lucia, Roatan and
other Caribbean sites.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Frequently finished dives under the boat when anyone got to 1500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Due to the tiny boats (modified zodiac), I must be critical of setup for
serious UWP. This being said, it wasn't of any aparant concern to anyone
carrying larger cameras and strobes, as the distance to sites was never
more than 10-20 minutes, and camera hand-off is easy form a small boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
   My wife and I decided to try a destination a little different from the
usual fare for us, and chose St. Croix at the assurance of our travel agent
that past bad reputation issues were no longer the case.  We were very
lucky with the weather conditions in early August, and spent a week,
(Saturday-Saturday) at the Carambola resort.   The resort did have on-site
diving facilities, but only for shore diving.  The main shop is a 5 minute
drive down the coastline, and although we rented a car, I think others were
transported either by the hotel or Cane Bay Divers to the landing at Cane
   Dives from both Cane Bay shores and Carambola resort shores were pretty
spectacular for the area, including a visit from a pod of 7-8 dolphins
(wild) investigating us at descent for 5-10 minutes.  Got some pretty good
photo and video of this, and the encounter was quite the buzz all week! 
Also present were occaisional stingrays and squid and turtles, although I
never spotted a turtle this trip. Other notable creatures were various
eels, LARGE lobster, stonefish, seahorses and even a batfish!  I got photos
or video of all, and even a daytime dive under the pier at Frederiksted is
just about guaranteed to produce octopi, seahorses, stonefish, etc.
   The Carambola resort lies on a property once owned by the Rockefeller
family, and is perhaps one of the most beautiful sites on the Island.  All
facilities were up and running, in spite of this being in the off season,
including the Mahogany room fine-dining restaurant.  Although we pre-paid
for diving and car rental (a must), there is no problem arranging this
after arrival at Carambola.
   For divers, this place may be a little pricey, as is true generally in
the Virgin Islands, but the Cane Bay group is very competitive with their
pricing and multi locations around St. Croix.
   Overall diving was very good because of the health and diversity of the
reef system, but not being a marine reserve tends to eliminate a lot of
larger fish.  We didn't make the trip to Buck Island, a 30-45 minute boat
ride to the USVI's only marine reserve that I know of.  I felt this trip
was really catered to novice divers and snorklers, and locals confirmed
this.  Not to be missed if you wanted to introduce or include family or
friends to the underwater world, however.   
   We did extensively tour the topside sites, but you can probably see the
best sites all in one day, if you are mostly interested in diving.  Don't
miss the Pirate's Buffet at Carambola on Friday night, even if you stay
elsewhere on the island, because it is well worth the price for food and
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