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Dive Review of Cruz Bay Watersports/westin st John resort in
Virgin Islands/Pillsbury Sound St John

Cruz Bay Watersports/westin st John resort, Feb, 2010,

by Kenneth Katz, NJ, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5398.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving bahamas, bonaire, Cozumel, St Lucia, barbados, Guadaloupe
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 40 mines or 500 PSI 3 minute safety stop at 10 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Special Rinse Tank on the boat for Cameras

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is one of two Dive Ops on the western part of the island near Cruz Bay. This boat operates out of the Westin St John resort. A small boat take 8 or so divers to sites in the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the Pillsbury Sound and other very local waters. The dive sites are a 15-20 mines boat ride.
Lots of variation in the underwater terrain. Cuts, Canyons, Ledges. Mounds, tongue and Groove. Lots of reef fish, turtles on most dives, eels and all the other usual suspects.
The restaurants are fabulous, the Hotels beautiful, and there are many beaches especially out east where you might be alone on the beach.
The one flaw with this op is the speed of the whole adventure. The boat leaves about 8:45 and is back after two dives by 11:30. Too fast for me. Mike the DM and James the captain were knowledgeable and helpful.
The Westin St. John Resort is first class. Period!
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