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Dive Review of Cane Bay in
Virgin Islands/St Croix

Cane Bay, Mar, 2009,

by Bob Abraham, MA, usa (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4759.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving bonaire, cayman islands, cozumel, curacao, puerto rico, bahamas, new england
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 35 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On boat dives generally 50 minutes, stay above 100', no deco
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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
UW Photo Comments Seperate rinse tanks on shore and on the big boat.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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