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Dive Review of N2 the Blue in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Marty Roberts, Texas, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 5213
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Gulf of Mexico (Texas, Louisiana, Alabama)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
85   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth Limits Advised.  Time Limits per Computer (NDL).  
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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was my first trip to St. Croix.  I have a good friend  Darby - who
lives and works on the island, so I had no need for a hotel.  Since my
buddy had to work on Friday and Monday, I made my own arrangements for
diving with another operator on those two days.  But on Saturday and
Sunday, he made plans for us to dive with N2 the Blue.

Derrick Hill (N2 the Blue owner, along with this wife Anne) was the boat
captain on both days.  He runs a wonderful, personalized dive operation on
the west end of the island, just north of Frederiksted Pier.  They
specialize in catering to smaller groups, and will make you feel like you
are one of the gang.

The small shop sits right on the beach, and is immediately next door to
"Coconuts on the Beach", where you can enjoy great burgers,
steaks, music, and beautiful sunsets.

The 27' center-console N2 the Blue boat will easily haul 6 divers (max)
and has a custom gate on the port side near the stern for EASY entries /
N2 will haul you and your gear the short distance from the shop to
Frederiksted pier, where the boat departs.

Tim Blanchette was our DM on both days, and Steve Medford (Shop Manager /
DM) accompanied us on Sunday as well.  Tim did a very nice job on both days
with his pre-dive meetings, explaining the history (if applicable) of each
site, what we could expect to see, and the suggested profiles.   I
appreciated the suggested max depths, and allowing everyone to dive their
own computers and air supplies within the suggested envelopes.  Basically,
as Derrick had told us, they want their divers to get their moneys

On Saturday, we first dove the North Star site (on Cane Bay Wall), and
then moved back to the west end and dove the Shallow Wrecks in Butler
Bay.  On Sunday, we dove Armageddon on the west end for our first dive,
which is a huge pile of concrete, rebar, structural steel, and road
sections that had previously been the old Frederiksted Pier before it was
destroyed by a hurricane.  That was an awesome dive, and we caught a
glimpse of an African Pompano, in addition to a very nice turtle.

For the second dive on Sunday, the original plan was to dive Butler
Ledge, which was closer to the shore.  But when we anchored there, the
current was so strong adjacent to the shoreline that Derrick and Tim
decided to make it a drift dive.  It was a good decision, because the
current was pretty strong, moving north to south.  It turned into a great
ride, and we drifted for well over a mile from our starting point!  Along
the way, we saw lots of reef fish, and spotted a very large green turtle
hanging out under a ledge.  I expect the big fellow was over 300 pounds.
Our third dive on Sunday was supposed to be the Swirling Reef of Death. 
Supposedly, the reef does not deserve the name, but I was still looking
forward to diving there, just so I could qualify to buy the T-Shirt from
N2!  But a small thunderstorm had moved over that site, so Derrick had to
make another decision on-the-fly.  We moved over to Sprat Hole, which
turned out to be a nice, flat reef dive.  Much to my disappointment
however, Derrick informed me that he did not have any T-Shirts that said I
survived Sprat Hole.  But we had fun with the conversation anyway.

On Sunday night (our fourth dive of the day), we rented tanks from N2 and
dove the Frederiksted Pier with the infamous "Cowboy Night
Divers".  The Cowboys are a private club, made up of N2 the Blue
patrons and friends.  I was able to join them, because my friend Darby knew
them.  It turned out to be the best time I have had diving in a LONG time. 
Thanks to Will, James, Paul, and Jenny Keith (who takes great U/W photos
and is the primary instructor for N2 the Blue).  And special thanks to
Jenny for helping me retrieve my regulator, which was locked up at the

If there is one dive you make on St. Croix, be sure to make the Pier dive,
and preferably at night.  We saw countless creatures, including the well
known large green moray, a 30-inch porcupine, an octopus with a death-grip
on a spiny lobster, squid, and much more.  It was a memorable occasion.  To
make the pier dive, just get with the folks at N2 the Blue and they can
set you up and give you proper guidance.

Overall, I was surprised (and excited) to find the diving as good as it was
on St. Croix.  There is much diversity to be found between the different
sites (wrecks, walls, reefs, rubble piles, and the pier), and the marine
life was tremendous.  The visibility (and weather) varied from day to day,
but when I dove the Deep Wrecks I was able to see from one end of the 180
foot-long Rosamaria to the other (she sits in 110 ft of water).   On the
other days, the viz was less than 100 feet, but still very nice.  I saw
more turtles than I have ever seen, as well as sea horses, sand divers,
barracuda, octopus, flounder, lobster, toadfish, and much more.  It was
awesome to see old Danish anchors that have been embedded in the coral for
over 250 years.

St. Croix is definitely on my Return List, and N2 the Blue will be my
first choice as a dive operator.  Thanks to Derrick and the N2 gang for a
great diving weekend.
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