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

Chris Sawyer Diving Center, Jul, 2005,

by Carole Mouton, TX, USA . Report 1999.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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