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Dive Review of Chris Sawyer Diving Center/Marriott Morning Star Beach in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Frick, IL, USA
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 927
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Hawaii, Florida, Cozumel, various Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with the divemaster (DM).  Advise DM when you were @ 1500 p.s.i. 
Return with no less than 500 p.s.i.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was a bucket aboard for cameras but it was not large.  No camera
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The reservation process via e-mail through their website
( was easy.  I was contacted via phone message a few days
before the trip to advise that the 1st 2-tank would depart at 9:30 instead
of 8:30.  I think the more advanced trip they might have planned was being
consolidated onto their larger boat with their usual itinerary.  Their boat
the SeaBiscuit is 42' long and a nice boat from which to dive.  Capacity is
18 divers with bench seating running the length of the deck on both sides
of the boat leaving the center of the deck open.

My first 2-tank trip was lead by Chris himself.  We had 10 divers plus a
crew of 3.  The onboard ice chest was full with jugs of water.  Towels were
provided.  Fruit slices were passed around between dives.  The briefings
were complete and professionally done.  O2 & first aid kits are aboard.
 Visibility was fine but not up to the 80 to 120 feet featured in their
brochure.  Divers were divided into 2 groups & each group was lead by a

My second 2-tank trip was lead by members of Chris' staff.  We had 4 divers
plus a crew of 2.  No ice, water, towels or fruit this time but a fine trip

St. Thomas & the surrounding waters might not merit a trip for just
diving but there is plenty to do once you are done diving.  I would say it
was worth the trouble of bringing along my scuba equipment.

One thing that should not be missed is a chartered daysailing trip with
Chris' wife Maxine aboard her 41' sailboat the "Lou"

The Marriott is a very nice hotel but, like many other things in this part
of the world, not cheap.  If you decide to stay here, consider staying at
the Morning Star Beach area vs. the Frenchman's Reef part of the hotel. 
Morning Star is down on the beach and features nicer rooms.  The ride from
the hotel to Chris' dive dock is at least 20 minutes.
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