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Dive Review of Cruz Bay Watersports Co. and Dive Boats Inc./Westin in
Virgin Islands/West Congo

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Gary, NJ, USA
Report Number 1862
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Turks & Caicos; Pompano Beach, FL; Cozumel; Cabo San Lucas; Key West,
FL; Nassau; Purto Ventorus, MX
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers were asked to notify the dive master when they reached 1,500 PSI and
were to be at the specified location for a 15-feet 5-minute safety stop
with 750 PSI so when exiting the water the tank was no lower than 500 PSI.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The dive boat Sea Quest was well laid out for about 15 to twenty divers. It
has all the safety gear on board. A warm fresh water shower is located in
the stern and a 3-tier table is also in the stern for weights, flippers,
masks in that order from the floor up. There is no photo station on the
boat. Inside the boat there are dry shelves for the divers to store their
gear during the dive. The Sea Quest is also equipped with a working head
and a fresh water dunk tank for the gear. The crew provides cold water for
the guests. Captain Charlie and Dive Master Trevor were competent and knew
the islands and dive sites including what fish, creatures, and landmarks
would be of interest. Prior to entering the water Trevor reviewed the basic
hand signs and gave a detailed description of the dive site and things to
look and look out for during the dive.

Before diving at night with Cruz Bay Water Sports you first have to dive at
least once during the day allowing the dive master to access your skills. I
was surprised that the PADI 5-Star dive shop had this restriction in light
of my 71 logged dives including night dives and recent PADI Rescue
certification and logged dives. I attempted to negotiate a better price for
the 1-tank afternoon trip with snorkels, divers, and swimmers, to include
the night dive but was unsuccessful. The 1-tank afternoon trip is $74 and
the night dive was around the same price. I reasoned that a 2-tank morning
trip was $86 and I really only wanted the night dive. Wishful thinking I
suppose. I missed the night dive since the afternoon trip already left and
instead booked a 2-tank morning dive later in the week. Water clarity was
very good with 50 ft around the mooring buoy to about 80 or 100 ft during
the dive. Dives ranged from about 60 ft to 100 ft for the fist dive and
about 40 ft to 60 ft for the second dive. Water temperature at the bottom
was 84 F and 86 F. The reefs were abundant with small tropical fish, blue
tangs, French grunts, Lettuce Sea Slugs, octopus, spiny lobster, small fans
and barrel sponges. There were also brain corals from several inches to
several feet in diameter.

I didnt stay at the Westin where the dive shop and dock are located but
the snack bar and pool were nice to come back to. The staff was
professional and very safety minded. Cruz Bay Water Sports operates US
Coast Guard approved vessels and performed several head counts prior to
leaving the dive site and moving to the next.

This was my first trip to the Virgin Islands and the diving was much better
than my recent dives in Florida due to poor visibility. Beach diving is
possible at many locations around St. John and tank rentals are $6. During
my next visit I plan on taking a diving friend along to make use of the
beach diving.
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