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Dive Review of Juliet in
Virgin Islands/British Virgin Islands

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Paula Felver, IN, USA
Report Number 919
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Bahamas, Florida Keys, West Palm Beach, Bay Islands, Panama City,
Lake Huron.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving.  No alcohol until after your last dive of the day.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate water tank for cameras with no masks in that tank enforced. 
Camera area below deck for charging and storing.  Cameras were always
handed to you after you were in the ocean.  They were always picked up from
you prior to you boarding the boat after the dive.  They always handled the
cameras with upmost care.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This is the first time I have sailed on the Juliet live-a-board boat.  It
generally goes out of Miami to the Bahamas but was ported in St. Thomas for
the winter months.  It is an 104 3 masted schooner with 4 sails. There
were 12 passengers and 4 crew.  The crew is all experienced with three of
them being captains.  The food was excellent and plentiful with all of the
alcohol you wanted at the end of the dive day.  The accommodations are
excellent.  There is plenty of storage and plenty of fresh water.  The
drinking water and gator aide thermos containers were always full so that
no one worried about dehydration.  There are three heads and two showers
below deck plus a fresh water shower on deck for use after each dive. 
There is Nitrox available for additional safety and extended bottom time. 
The dive briefings were excellent with dive master, John Skey always going
in before hand to check out the current, surge etc.  The dingy was always
on hand if you got too far from the boat.  This sail boat has a unique
ladder for getting back into the boat.  It is mounted in the middle of the
boat and attached parallel to the boat.  It is the most stable ladder I
have ever used and was the easiest time Ive ever had getting back into the
boat.  Im an avid photographer and the crew pampered photographers.  This
was an excellent boat and crew.  Id recommend this operation to anyone. 
The diving in the British Virgin Islands was not quite as good as in the
Bahamas but Id go again and in fact have already booked another trip next
February.  The wrecks were great.  I missed the dolphins and sharks but the
Eagle Rays, turtles, stingrays, lobsters and eels made it worthwhile.  The
coral had good color and the small fish were excellent.  I loved finding
the flamingo tongue snails and doing macro photography.  

We did 4 dives a day and 5 shore excursions.  We left St. Thomas on
Saturday around 3:00 p.m. and did our first dive the next morning.  We had
beginner divers as well as experienced divers on the trip.  They
accommodated all of us.  One diver was doing their check-out dives for open
water certification and they took care of them by taking them to shore in
the dingy so that they could do their dives without taking anything away
from the experienced divers.  My favorite dive sites included The Rhone
wreck (the bow and the stern), Rhone Reef, and Alice in Wonderland.  We had
excellent night dives.  The fish life was really out and the turtles and
lobsters were the biggest Ive seen anywhere.    The shore excursion I
enjoyed the most was going to Virgin Gorda to The Baths.  It was a
beautiful trail with large granite boulders all around.  

We had the ultimate surface interval each day with the crew putting the
sails up and we all just sat back and enjoying sailing on the ocean.  Some
of the passengers helped put up the sails.  I personally just sat back and
enjoyed it.  It is a beautiful sail boat with wood trim below deck.  I
dont know much about boats but this one had a big galley and area for us
to eat in.  It was equipped with a TV, DVD, tape player, stereo equipment
and best of all karaoke.  They had many movies for entertainment in the
evenings and Chris, our cook was also a marine biologist.  She showed us
educational videos and helped us understand and identify the fish we were
seeing on each dive.  Captain John did everything he could to get the best
dive sites that the weather would permit.  It was always a little windy and
we did not get to dive the Tobago area because it is always exposed and the
wind was too strong.  No one got sea sick.  Ive done many other
live-a-boards and this one is an excellent value as well as the top-notch
operation.  They have an office manager who works with you before hand to
get all of the paper work out of the way so that once you are on the boat,
everything just goes smoothly.  It really is all of the work that happens
behind the scenes that make a dive trip enjoyable.  This dive operation
knows how to make things run smoothly and will have my business for years
to come.  Check out for pictures of this dive trip.
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