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Dive Review of Cuan Law in
Virgin Islands

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Phil Tobin, Oregon, USA
Report Number 894
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Florida, Dom Republic, Cayman Islands, Bahamas (north &
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very strick on depth and time.... everyone was on their own computers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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):
2 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
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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