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Dive Review of Dive BVI/Katitche Point Greathouse in
Virgin Islands/British Virgin Islands

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Susanne E. Howarth, CA, USA
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Report Number 5870
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia (Barrier Reef and Coral Sea), Bali, Belize, Bonaire, Cozumel,
Roatan, Thailand, USVI, California, Florida, USVI
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Most divers use computers, and once the divemasters are comfortable with
your diving skills, they are generous in allowing you to monitor your own
diving. Safety stop (3 minutes at 3 meters) is strongly recommended on all
dives, though no dives exceed 90 feet. Divemasters lead all dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Several years ago, I took the PADI underwater photographer course through
Dive BVI, and credit them (and my Nikon Coopix, with UW housing) with the
quality of my photos, how EASY it is to take them, and how much fun I have
taking, editing, and sharing them.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Jeff and Casey McNutt run probably the best dive operation I've ever
experienced. They emphasize safety and enjoyment, and cater to each
individual diver - trying to take you to sites you want to dive, while also
choosing sites where vis and current will be acceptable to your level of
experience and ability. This year, although I've been diving here for five
years already, they took me to new dive sites on 9 out of 28 dives! (And
they were quite delighted to figure out which sites I had not yet seen and
arrange to take me there.)

It's also nice that the dive staff does NOT experience significant
turnover: there are always new divemasters, but by and large, they stay
around for multiple years, and therefore KNOW the sites well, and do a
wonderful job of finding and pointing out the interesting sea life on all
sites. They also obviously enjoy their jobs - which makes for even more
enjoyable diving for the paying divers!

One of the wonderful things about diving from Virgin Gorda is that there
are about a dozen islands within striking distance for the Dive BVI boats
to reach on any given day. Depending on wind and wave conditions, one or
more sites are always divable (barring a full-on tropical storm). Dive
sites include a little bit of everything (other than deep deep wall dives):
wrecks, shallow, deeper, multi-level, brightly colored corals, sand
patches, big stuff, little stuff, etc.

VG is a favored place for sailors, because of the very consistent trade
winds. The windy conditions - on some days - caused lots of surge and/or
current, and sometimes choppy seas. However, with so many dive sites from
which to choose, it was always possible to find a comfortable place.
Although I've checked every possible weather and sea condition in the list,
overall, the conditions were beautiful - the weather simply changed from
day to day and hour to hour, with overall temps (above water) being in the
low 80s, with a shower or two on any given day, and glorious weather

After my first visit here, I learned not to worry about choosing the dive
sites I wanted to see on any given day. Instead, I now rely on the Dive BVI
staff to choose the sites that will be best on any given day - it's much
more enjoyable that way!

Dive BVI also prides itself on "Gucci Diving": they will take
care of your gear for you, from the day you arrive to the day you depart.
This year, I pulled a muscle in my back en route to the BVIs. Therefore, I
was routinely taking my BC off in the water, and the divemasters willingly
pulled it out and onto the boat for me.

Finally, for you sailors, Dive BVI is very willing and able to do
"rendez-vous" dives - to pick you up at your boat, wherever you
have moored in their area of operation.

As for Virgin Gorda: don't come here if you're looking for lots of
nightlife and entertainment other than diving, sailing, and snorkeling. The
island is tiny and - blissfully - not overdeveloped! There are perhaps two
5-star restaurants on the island (the Sugar Mill at the Little Dix Bay
Resort and the main restaurant at Biras Creek Resort). There are also a
handful of places that are fun for lunches, drinks, and casual dining
(Leverick Bay Resort, the Top of the Baths restaurant, the Bath &
Turtle, and Saba Rock Resort). DO come here if you want to relax, with lots
of very friendly and easygoing locals, ready and willing to take very good
care of you!

In between dives, if you really want to pamper yourself, book spa
treatments at the Little Dix Bay Resort (regardless of whether you're
staying there). My favorite spa treatment of all - internationally and
domestic - is their "Caribbean Breeze Body Facial."

Finally, Katitch Point Greathouse is the kind of home we all would love to
own in the Caribbean - spacious, luxious, and with a fine attention to
pampering you! Everything is in perfect condition, and is always being
upgraded. Clearly, the owners have appointed this villa to satisfy their
own tastes - i.e., NOT with the typical second rate furnishings one finds
in most rental properties.

This was our fifth visit to the island, and we have already booked our
reservations to return next year. 
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