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Dive Review of Low Key, Sawyer Dive, Cruz Bay/Westin /Lavender Hill Condos in
Virgin Islands

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Kenneth Katz, nJ, united States
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4705
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, BVI,Bahamas,St Lucia, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
A mixed bag. Cruz Bay  and Low Key were a DM led dives. Sawyer dive was
less people and they knew me so we were more relaxed  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
All boats had a separate bucket for cameras. The Boat Captain would hand
the camera to you in the water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
This may have been my fifteenth trip to St. John. The island is magical. A
disneyland for adults. Even my wife who doesn't dive loves every second on
island. The accomodations are very fine, the restaurants are varied and of
super quality, if a little expensive. After all it is an island.. The
beaches can compete with anyplace. The diving is varied with mounds, tongue
& groove, canyons, slopes, drops, pinnacles and even a little drift.
There are several wrecks worth exploring. Depth is limited to about 80 FSW
max. The one exception being French Cap where we bottomed at 105 FSW. The
visibility there was infinite. I spent one week at the Westin. A first
class in everyway hotel. Cruz Bay Watersports runs daily two tank dives
every morning but Thursday when they head to the Wreck of the Rhone for the
day. They pretty much stay around the northern cays(Mingo, Lovango, Congo,
etc) but the did run the boat to French Cap one morning(40 minutes of
cruising time each way) I did 3 days of 55-58 minute dives. Lots of small
fish and critters, nice corals and a turtle and octopus on everydive.
I took Rescue Dive class and Emergency First Responder with Low Key on the
waterfront at Cruz Bay. Jason Moody was my instructor and he did a great
job. They had sent the manuals in advance so I was academically prepared.
We thoroughly covered everything and did three days of in water scenarios.
A final day was spent on first responder. Nice boats though access was
walking up to your waist to the boat carrying your gear. Set it up myself.
Probably best anyway.
The last five days  with Sawyer Dive were absolutely fantastic. On one day
it was just me and the Dive Master Miki. We did an unnamed wreck as a
drift..Took many photos. Perry the boat captain was very accomodating. He
didn't have a strict timetable so he took us to sites that were out of the
loop. It was great for me because I'm so familiar with the many used ones.
I just want to stress. This is a great place to go if your spouse doesn't
dive. All places have a pool, plentiful coffee spots and shady spots to
read. For the history buff there are sugar mill ruins and there are several
hiking trails to explore in the National Park. I would suggest renting a
jeep and exploring the east end and Coral Bay. There are enough north shore
uncrowded beaches. You never have to go to the same one twice.
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