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

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Randy Saffell, OK, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 5027
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Saba, Bonaire, Cal Sal Bank, Cozumel, Thailand, Truk Lagoon, Guadalupe
Island, Flower Gardens, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile, watch your computers and air. Have fun.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Nekton Rorqual does have large camera tables outside on the Salon deck.
There are air compressors available for drying cameras. No outlets for
charging batteries. The table also is used for storing all the snack food
other non-photo divers bring onboard too much on. I had to move plastic
bags of snacks severely times to sit my camera down. The rooms only come
with 1 electrical outlet. My wife and I both have large camera systems and
we brought our own power strips to have enough outlets in the room to
charge batteries. Over all the Rorqual does not address cameras larger than
point and shoot.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
The Rorqual is what it is. A 9 year old boat that seems much older. We were
on it June 2008 and it had more issues this year. We had to dock the last
day and dive under Frederiksted Pier again to fill the fresh water tanks
due to a leaking pipe. Our cabin door would not shut despite all our
efforts, so we just left it ajar and let it be. 

The food on the Rorqual was great, the menu varied and was always fresh,
well seasoned, well presented and all you could eat. The chef was a very
nice lady and I enjoyed drinking coffee with her every morning.

Diving around St. Croix is not very good. Some reefs are heavily fished and
there is fishing line and lures all over the reef, having done a lot of
damage. It's pretty sad. Several dives I just wrote 'Boring' in my logbook
notes. We did encounter several fish traps, all with numerous fish inside.
Very, very sad!!!!!!!!!!!

Visibility was only about 40 to 50 feet really hampering wide-angle shots
of the several wrecks we visited.

The best diving of the trip was Frederiksted Pier with all the small
critters. Seahorses, crabs, frog fish, octopus, eels and others. If it was
not for the pier the trip would not have been worth it.

The crew of the Rorqual was new, but helped as much as you needed. Only one
of them seemed to really want to be somewhere else. I did enjoy interacting
with them, and they did a great job of handling our cameras in and out of
the water. For me, they were a fun bunch to dive with.

All in all, a good week out of the office. The boat needs serious upkeep
and the diving around St. Croix is not very good. But, I did get some great
video of a frog fish........what more can you ask for?
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