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Dive Review of Cuan Law in
Virgin Islands

Cuan Law, Nov, 2004,

by Phil Tobin, Oregon, USA . Report 894.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Florida, Dom Republic, Cayman Islands, Bahamas (north & south)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very strick on depth and time.... everyone was on their own computers.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments This was the Cuan Law's "Adventure Trip" and believe me it was an adventure. We had seas with 14 foot swells and torrential rains like the area hasn't seen in 25 years. We saw the sun for about 12 hours during the 10 days of the trip. The ship was just not set up to deal with the driving rain. It had bad leaks around most of the portholes. Other than the weather, which they had no control over, it was a fantastic trip and we would do it again in a minute. It is a bit over-priced, but the service was first class, the food was outstanding, and the diving was unbelievable. The boat was beautiful and well maintained.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The trip advertises "not for begginers" and this is very true. My wife and I had about 100 dives before we signed up and honesly some of the dives were in current that was stronger than anything we had experinced. "Diamond Rock" we both sucked down 3/4 of our tanks in about 15 minutes. It was all we could do to grab the sandy bottom and hang on. We averaged about 3 dives a day, but the captian had to change the schedule becase of the weather. The diving was often deep, for example "The Eye Of The Needle" off of Saba was a 90 foot drop down with heavy surge, and then we swam down to 140 feet around this magnificent pinnacle. We made two passes around this spire and then headed up, making several stops on the way. The "Rhone" was an outstanding wreck and we had the whole ship to ourselves. We hung out with a spotted eagle ray for over 10 minutes as he made several passes over the bow of the Rhone, and we got it all on film. Sombraro Island was fantastic. The Grotto was my favorite dive at the island. Really the only bad thing was the terrible weather. Getting on the tenders with 10ft swells was always "An Adventure" The staff was better than outstanding, particulary Alex who was one of the divemasters. Their was always a divemaster in the water with us, and we had our choice of hanging out with him or doing our own thing. Safty was thier first concern, as it should be. We stayed at the Serendipty guest house one night before and one night after, which was the best thing we could have done coming from the west coast. It is nothing special, but the beds were comfortable, and we ate just down the wash out street at another hotel. Because of all the rain, the visibility was poor, but again that was not anyone's fault. Overall, it was a great trip and ten days was just not enough.
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