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Dive Review of Low Key Water Sports/Gallows Point in
Virgin Islands/St. John

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Peter & Robin Jordan, AZ, USA
Report Number 1942
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Bonaire, San Salvador, Saba, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Roatan,
Cozumel, Bermuda, Turks/Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guided dives except General Rogers wreck and last day of diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
St. John, one of the USVIs is a lush and lovely island with approximately
4,000 residents. It is a short ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of St.
Thomas. There is no commercial airport on the island. Three-quarters of the
island is National Park land thanks to the contribution of the Rockefeller
family in the 1950s. St. John is not a "diving only destination"
but rather a wonderful location for those who enjoy hiking and exploring
unpsoiled beaches as well. There are two major dive operators on St. John,
Cruz Bay Watersports and Low Key Divers. Since Low Key Divers was a 5
minute walk from our "home away from home", we decided to dive
with them the first day (and subsequent days). Ellen is the dive shop
manager as well as a divemaster. She is very outgoing and pleasant. Bob and
Sue are the owners of the business. Bob is the captain of one of the 36'
dive boats. The dive shop uses aluminum 80s which were filled to 3,000 psi
on a consistent basis. Since the dive sites were no longer than a 15 minute
ride from base camp, most of our 2-tank dives were completed early and we
returned to the dive shop by 11:30 AM. Since many of the reef dives were
shallow, surface intervals times were minimized. The dive group was
comprised of student as well as experienced divers. Fortunately or
unfortunately, all dives were guided. Since Ellen was one of the dive
masters on the boat our last two days, she permitted us to dive on our own,
as long as we were not too far behind the guide group. It appeared that Low
Key preferred to have everyone surface at the same time. Being back on the
boat with 1,500 psi is not our idea of quality bottom time. Little St.
James was one site where we observed turtles, and a 4 foot barracuda. The
visibilty was 100 ft. Calf Rock had beautiful purple coral as well as
lobsters, large puffers, fairy damsels and parrotfish. At Stephen Cay, a
lone nurse shark was snoozing under an overhang. Our deepest dive was the
wreck of the General Rogers. The 150 ft. freighter was sitting in the sand
at 65'while entertaining the company of a 3ft. puffer and many queen
angels. A very large crab would not come out to say hello. One of the
better dives we encountered was Two Brothers. The overhangs were beautiful
with many puffers, trunk fish, barracudas, blue tangs and staghorn coral.
The current was minimal. On the last day of diving, Low Key Divers gave us
credit for our previous multiple dives. This was nice since we did not have
to initially pay upfront for a dive package. We were able to dive when we
wanted and still receive a discount. This also enabled us to do our hiking
and exploring on off days. Since there are so many locations to explore in
the Bahamas and Caribbean, we have never gone back to the same location
twice. St. John is an exception. We have already booked for next year. Next
year we may take a ferry to Tortola (British Virgins) and make a few dives
there. Our accommodations at Gallows Point were exceptional. These
condominiums have full kitchens which gave us an opportunity to cook-in
rather and relax when we wanted. The views are spectacular. Other than a
few island power outages we were able to see the lights of St. Thomas.
These units are a 5 minute walk to town. One recommendation we do have is
Cafe Roma. For those fans of Italian food, this is the place. Prices are
moderate (by island standards)and their lasagna is one of the best we have
had! There are other choices of accommodations including villas for groups.
Since we were so close to town, we rented a car for only one day to
explore. Our bags are packed for next year!
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