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

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Bob & Carolyn Smith, MA, USA
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Report Number 3764
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Bonaire, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Roatan, Florida, New
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive within recreational limits; leave water with minimum of 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was room for all the cameras on two large tables, although the boat
was fully booked.  Three dedicated fresh water tubs.  Photo contest at the
end of the week was fun, and everyone encouraged to enter.  This is a great
trip for macro photography.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
This was our fifth trip with Nekton Dive Cruises.  As usual, we had a great
time.  Captain Nelson oversaw a top-notch crew, who all went out of their
way to make sure everyone had a great week of diving.  The boat was fully
booked, but except for occasional congestion on the dive deck, we did not
feel overcrowded.
Puerto Rico/St. Croix is a new itinerary for Nekton.  Except for the last
day, all of the dives were done at St. Croix.  They were still installing
new moorings, so not all sites were available, and the weather further
limited where we could dive.  The itinerary suited all levels of ability,
with a mixture of gently sloping reefs and walls.  Due to surge that week,
there was a lot of sand in the water, limiting visibility (one morning
there was almost zero viz, so they moved to another site).  We found the
dive sites to be overfished, seeing only one barracuda, small groupers
(rock hinds, etc.), few eels or large parrot fish; however, we still
managed to spot four species we had never seen before.  A manta ray passed
by the reef twice, thrilling those who saw it (we didnt!).

The Fredriksted Pier was the highlight of the trip.  The pier is so long it
would take several days to thoroughly explore the whole thing.  The growth
on the pylons was colorful, camouflaging seahorses, frogfish, octopus,
decorator crabs, a bat fish, and on and on, the ultimate diving scavenger
hunt!  We would have been happy just diving the pier all week!
The last dive site of the itinerary was at Vieques Island, Puerto Rico,
which we found to be devoid of almost everything.  We would have preferred
to spend the last day at St. Croix. 
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