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

Chris sawyer Dive Ctr/Fairfield @ Elysian Beach, Jan, 2006,

by Gino Dubay, TN, USA . Report 2284.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 65 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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(www.sawyerdive.vi/) 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,...you 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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