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Dive Review of Low Key Watersports in
Virgin Islands/St John

Low Key Watersports, Jul, 2008,

by George T Felt, NH, United States . Report 3949.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Curacao, BVI, Florida, Bermuda
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 50 Minutes or 500 psi on return
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A dedicated freshwater rinse tank was available on the boat and staff were accomodating toward divers with cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Low Key Watersports runs out of Cruz Bay on St John and provides a solid boat with a friedly and knowledgable crew. Get to the shop early (8:00 AM) if you need a place to park, and do call in advance to reserve a place on the morning boat. Windy conditions were managed by going to protected dive sites. Experienced divers who have been checked out can dive their own profile. Others will be guided by watchful divemasters who sometimes had their hands full with novice or occasional divers. Reefs vary from lovely to kind of ordinary, depending on the site. Only fish bigger than 16 inches in 8 dives was Tarpon, and a fine school of tarpon it was. In all, a pleasant way to pass the time with some good people and decent though not spectacular diving. Shore diving is not a very good option, so stick with one of the boat operators (there are two or three - all good, so convenience will dictate choice). St John has superb dining options in Cruz Bay: Stone Terrace, Zazo's, The Balcony (my favorite), Caneel Bay, Paradiso, Asolare, etc. - you will not go hungry, but your credit card will get a workout. Best snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay, by Annaberg area of national park. Accomodations run the entire range from prosaic to spectacular and are priced accordingly. Plan on renting a jeep, and don't forget to drive on the left.
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