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Dive Review of Dive Experience/Colony Cove Beach Resort in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Davis, NJ, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 3974
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Bahamas, Cozumel, Bora Bora, Maui, Jamaica,
Bermuda, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None mentioned, but for the most part we dove as a group. More experience
divers were allowed to go their own way.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
3 days, 6 dives with my recently certified son. It was his second trip
since certification, so we weren't looking for anything too challenging.
First day we did West Wall and Stingraysted, and although the topography 
of the wall was nice, and the stingrays were as advertised, I was wondering
where the fish were.  Well, days 2 and 3 more than made up for it.  No
sharks or big pelagics, but lots of nice reef fish,an eagle ray, a few
turtles, varied soft coral and on our last dive a huge green moray in a
sand patch on the reef looking like Jabba the Hut.

Dive Experience, in Christiansted, was a nice outfit, with good friendly
divemasters (mostly Craig) who were good an pointing out critters, and were
patient with my son's equalizing problems.  The boat was comfortable enough
for the 4 to 10 divers, but no head. Fills were 3000 psi with tanks that
had 4 lbs of wt. built in, so carry less lead on your belt. Water, oranges
and sucking candy provided.  Pickup from hotel was provided but no return
trip, so we followed owner Michelle Pugh on the first day and drove
ourselves thereafter. Night diving was available but I passed.

Colony Cove Beach resort is basically a condo complex. All units are 2
bedroom apartments with full kitchen, so good for families who don't want
to spend a fortune on breakfast.  We had roaches the first day but they
were promptly dispatched by the exterminator.  Small pool and unappealing

St.Croix is generally funky and more laid-back than other high octane
islands like Aruba, with smaller hotels.  Restaurants were generally
excellent and reasonably priced (at least to this NY/NJ area resident).
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