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Dive Review of Chris Sawyer Diving Center in
Virgin Islands/RMS Rhone wreck

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Carole Mouton, TX, USA
Report Number 1999
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Channel Islands,
Palau, Truk Lagoon, Wakatobi, Aquarena Springs
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
0   to 85    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group (guided dive)  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
This was a day boat which had a camera rinse bucket.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This trip consisted of two dives. Our dive boat left out of Red Hook, St.
Thomas at 8:30 AM and returned at 4:00 PM. A cold lunch was provided
between the dives. The boat had some shaded area and a head. Chris Sawyer
gave an excellent, detailed account of the RMS Rhone's history during the
trip over, with charts and photos, which greatly added to the diving
experience. During the dives, the guides pointed out interesting objects
and sea life (like the chain eel). The guided dives didn't allow much time
for photo taking as the guides wanted to cover the entire wreck over the
two dives. A videographer was present to record the experience and each
diver.

This is a great wreck dive - totally worth the long boat ride. The size of
the propeller and rudder compare with those of the Queen Mary. You have to
back off to really appreciate the size of this wreck. The glass in the
portholes is still intact, half buried in the sand. The dive operation was
well run and the crew were friendly and helpful.
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