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

Dive BVI/Katitiche Point Greathouse, Dec, 2009,

by Susanne Howarth, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5303.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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 store.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 boat.

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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