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Dive Review of Chris Sawyer Dive Center in
Virgin Islands

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Richard W. Zuckerman, IL, United States
Report Number 2121
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Central America, North Carolina, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Since both dives were in relatively shallow water there were no depth
limits. Time was limited to 45 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
1 stars    
I was only in St. Thomas for 4 days for a convention. Chris Sawyer, in Red
Hook, was very willing to accomodate me and my dive buddy though we were
only doing 1 tank afternoon dives. Boat could have held 10 people
comfortably. There were only 6 on one dive and 7 on the other. The shop
does not cater to the cruise ship beginners or appear to run cattle boats.
The groups were of varying certification and experience levels.The dives
were basic divemaster dives and two very established dive sites. Did not
feel rushed or treated like we had to get the dives finished and back on
the boats.

I had been on a live-aboard in the BVI over the New Years and did not have
high expectations for St. Thomas based on that experience and what I had
read. I was pleasantly surprised that the reefs were in good shape and
contained plenty of macro life. The usual suspects were there: parrotfish,
tangs, angelfish, etc. Did not have the numbers of the BVI but a pleasant
enough diversion from my meetings.

I would definitely dive with this branch of Chris Sawyer again even on
their day trips to St. John, Rhone wreck, etc. Well run and seems to put
divers first. All in all good people with diver-friendly attitudes.
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