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Dive Review of Cane Bay in
Virgin Islands/St Croix

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Abraham, MA, usa
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Report Number 4759
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
bonaire, cayman islands, cozumel, curacao, puerto rico, bahamas, new
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On boat dives generally 50 minutes, stay above 100', no deco  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Seperate rinse tanks on shore and on the big boat.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
This was our second trip to St Croix. We wanted to dive the Cane Bay area
from boat and shore. When we first arrived the waves were surfable which
lead to reduced visibility but the seas calmed and the visibility improved
dramtically later in the week. Cane Bay was a very nice operation, full
service shop with lots of equipment. Good location, good service, and good
fills. Just sign up on the board when you want go somewhere. Or suit up and
walk across the road to shore dive. Signature dives sites like Northstar
were spectacular. The wrecks at Butler Bay and the (new) Pier were well
worth the van ride. Lots of critters in the debris field under the Pier and
on the columns. The reef immediately offshore of Cane Bay is in very good
condition. Lots of large seafans in 25 to 35 ft of water. Lots of old
anchors are embedded in the reef. We did a swim from Twin Palms back to
Cane Bay proper along the top of the wall and saw some wonderful coral
formations along with the only eagle ray, turtles, and really large fish
that we saw all week. I kept a fish ID list and we recorded 88 species
without working too hard, eight of which were new for us so the fish
population was diverse. The most unusual was a three foot freeswimming
sharksucker frantically looking for a ride. Which led us to wonder where
his last one went - we never saw it!
The Cane Bay area is scenic and remote. Spectacular views of the northwest
coast and gorgeous sunsets. Lots of good places to eat and well stocked
supermarkets and stores were easily accessible by a short trek over the
"Beast". The Waves has a great restaurant right on the water.
March is about as cold as the water gets. The water at 78 was cool. We both
get chilled easily so a 7MM suit would have been welcome. Topside the
weather was perfect, dry and warm, almost hot. 
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