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Dive Review of Dive BVI/Katitiche Point Greathouse in
Virgin Islands/Virgin Gorda, BVI

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Susanne Howarth, CA, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5303
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Cozumel, Roatan, Thailand, Bali, Lombok, Great Barrier Reef, Coral
Sea, Florida, California, Anguilla
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemasters led groups of 2 to 4 divers on each dive. Dives incorporated a
3 minute/3 meter safety stop (technically unnecessary, since the deepest
sites are less than 100' deep. Most dives were limited only by air
consumption, with the plan being to surface with 500 psi or greater.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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  
Boats always have a separate rinse tank for underwater cameras, and divers
are reminded NOT to use that bucket for anything other than cameras. Dive
BVI also has qualified instructors if one wants to do the PADI Underwater
Digital Photographer course and offers dive cameras for sale in their
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Dive BVI is probably the best run dive operation in the Caribbean. They
have a happy mix of being laid back and yet highly efficient. Divemasters
are friendly, knowledgeable, and very experienced; and boats are never
overcrowded. (The largest group I experienced on any one dive was 10 divers
who were divided into 3 groups, led by 3 divemasters. That happened once in
two weeks. Most of the time, we had three to six divers on the boat at any
one time, and sometimes only two of us with two divemasters!) 

They also do a good job of "saving" dives when equipment problems
arise. On one dive, my regulator started free-flowing as soon as I hit the
water. No problem: they swapped my reg for a spare that was on board the

When visiting the BVIs, don't worry about which dive sites you want to dive
and when to dive them. Daily choice of dive sites will be dictated based on
weather, waves, and current. Around the islands, in almost any conditions,
some dive site(s) will be divable. The trick is to choose the right site
for the conditions, and the Dive BVI staff does this extremely well. By the
same token, if you let the staff know what sites you have and have not
dived, they will make every effort to take you to new places each day and
to repeat only the sites you really want to do over.

Dive BVI has four locations - three on Virgin Gorda and one opening soon on
Scrub Island. They also offer rendezvous diving if you're chartering a
sailboat. All four locations work together very seamlessly, such that you
may find yourself diving with any of the staff from any of the locations
during your stay. They also offer the full range of PADI courses.

This is our fourth year coming to Virgin Gorda and diving with Dive BVI.
We've already booked our reservations to return in 2010.

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