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Dive Review of Dive Experience/The Buccaneer in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

December, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"St. Croix has some of the best Carribean diving"
Report Number 8799
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Fiji, Coral Sea, Galapagos, many
Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, Gulf of Eilat, National Aquarium,
Dutch Springs
Closest Airport
STX
Getting There
From the U.S., via Miami, San
Juan, or St. Thomas. St.
Thomas is just 40 miles from
St. Croix; you can take a
regular connecting flight or
try the excellent seaplane
service.

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Most divers stay with one of the DMs, because they point out interesting
stuff. But they don't seem to mind if buddy pairs of qualified divers go
off on their own. I wandered off with two friends on one dive, and nobody
said we shouldn't. If you're not sure, ask.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
N/A
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
Dedicated camera bucket on boat. Dive masters do a lot of UWP and like to
help guests do their UWP. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
5 stars   
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Comments  
The dive operator I used on previous trips no longer seemed like a good
idea
(http://www.undercurrent.org/members/UCnow/dive_magazine/2015/FatalAttempt201509.html).
Fortunately, a buddy here in NJ recently made friends with Michelle Pugh on
an Antarctic (!) dive trip. Michelle is in the Women Divers Hall of Fame
and runs Dive Experience in St. Croix. It is a gre
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