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Dive Review of Chris sawyer Dive Ctr/Fairfield @ Elysian Beach in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Gino Dubay, TN, USA
Report Number 2284
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk PNG,Galopogas, DR, Belieze,Turks& cacos,Wakatobi,Keys,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
1 stars    
I knew nothing of virgin islands. St Thomas is NOT the tropical beach
paradise of Cayman, etc.It is a rock w/small sand coves surounded by a
private resort.The East-End (Redbhook) is where to stay  as you can jump
off to St John & the Rohne. It is not cheap to stay or eat here as ALL
supplies are shipped from Miami(except Rum,which is less than bottled
water!!) Ice cream:$10.00/QT- US, which is the currency. It is difficult to
get around. Forget walking,rental cars are dangerious,motorbikes-suiside.
Cabs to shop;$5.00,Town;$10.00, airport:$20.00-all one way. A burger is
$10.00(sometimes w/fries,a bargain). Chris Sawer Dive
Ctr( is in Redhook,where all food, resturants, bars,
charters, gift/clothing stores,are located.  CSDC is truly full-service to
include a great photo pro;Stacy(treat her good for special pics)Gear
package prices are good too.  Chris will rent you EVERYTHING, need
bring nothing but a suit(& plastic) to dive. All the DMs make every
customer feel special.They are ALL characters in their own right. CSDC
boats are first rate w/O2, radios,nav,etc,and lot of room for up to 16
divers. My wife is snorkle-only & was watched over well by the top side
crew.Diving is beginer-class due to the heavy pressure.  RMS Rhone is a
Friday only $150.00,2-tank trip & a great begining wreck dive.
However,due to its ledgendary status, expect many divers to be with
you...many divers. Looking down from my safety stop was a flashback to
sceens in THUNDERBALL! The Rhone's prop is the signiture,so make sure to
get Stacy to make your pic there. Chris's wife is Max. She skippers a
wonderful 6-pac,41' sloop, named the"LOU". Do not miss taking a
day sail w/her. The Virgin's are for Saling.Max is a lively
conversationalist...especially about politics. When you see Russel tell him
GINO said the dive on the Atlantis is, for sure, not to be missed.
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