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Dive Review of Patagon Dive Center/Private villa rental through VRBO in
Virgin Islands/St. John

February, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Tari Hanneman, MD, US (1 report)
"Good Operator for decent diving in St. John"
Report Number 8279
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Chuuck, Indonesia, Turks & Caicos, Curacao, Bonaire, Roatan,
Belize, Hawaii, North Carolina, California, Florida
Closest Airport
St. Thomas (STT)
Getting There
DC to Philly to St. Thomas,
then ferry to St. John.

Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Had to dive with divemaster.  Dives in 40-60 ft. range. 45-50 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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  3 stars
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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Small boat so no rinse tank or table on board.  They wrapped up our GoPro
and tucked it away under the flybridge and were helpful with it.
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4 stars   
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We were looking for a place where we could go for a quick, relatively
inexpensive winter vacation with some diving attached and we needed to use
a USAIR certificate so we had somewhat limited options.  We decided to
check out St. John despite it not really being known as a dive destination.
We had a very hard time finding reviews for the dive operators that we felt
we could trust (lots of folks from cruise ships and/or newbies) - which is
why I feel compelled to write this report.  The reviews we did find were
all pretty uniform in indicating that the dives tended to be limited to 45
min ...
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By jhford at Nov 02, 2015 14:20 EST  
Thanks for sharing the video:  I really enjoyed your report and pic!
By arlodog123 at Nov 25, 2015 10:49 EST  
This is helpful for us as we will be visiting St. John Feb 2016.
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