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Dive Review of Chris Sawyer Dive Center in
Virgin Islands

Chris Sawyer Dive Center, Mar, 2005,

by Richard W. Zuckerman, IL, United States . Report 2121.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Central America, North Carolina, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Since both dives were in relatively shallow water there were no depth limits. Time was limited to 45 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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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