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Dive Review of Nekton Cruises in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ronald Bailey, Va., usa
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4998
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Bahamas, Palau, Hawaii, Roatan, Cozumel, Dominica, Florida Keys,
Belize, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 ft.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large camera tables and rinse buckets. If traveling by yourself and used to
"solo" diving while doing photography, even on other Nekton
cruises, that became an issue this time. Crew wanted to avoid liability by
insisting on either diving with a buddy or diving with the crew member
assigned as buddy diver. Other way to avoid this was to enter the water
with someone or a group and then go do your own thing. Did speak to the
owner of Nekton about this and while sympathetic to diving/photography
issues, understandably had to go by insurance liability policies. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
First trip to St. Croix. At $600 off regular price it was a deal. Corals
were healthy and there were plenty of sponges about. Saw turtles, squids,
the usual tropical fish, a few octopi, seahorses, morays and rays. The pier
diving at Frederiksted was the highlight for me. Juveniles on many of the
pier supports made for good macro. Seahorses, flying ganards, jackknife
fish and squid found there. Juvenile octopi were in the sand under the pier
and even hiding in soda and beer bottles. Spent a day and a half there and
it was well worth it. The wall diving was very good. Diving at the
"junk yard" of the old pier was really only worth one dive. While
diving the wrecks found a 3 inch long juvenile trumpetfish at a nearby
coral head. First day of diving was only average and other sites could have
been added for more variety. Food was good and fixed homestyle. Did miss
not having any seafood during the whole week. There was a problem with
members of the crew and several left during the week. Two new crew were
hired to help replace them. Guests services did not suffer any. The only
other issue was that many of the crew smoked all over the top deck and even
on the dive deck. This was noticed and discussed by several of the guests.
Owner said he would look into violation of their own policy of only smoking
on the back of the top deck. Overall, the crew was attentive and friendly
and I would go again, especially with new offerings of reduced prices on
the off season. 
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