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Dive Review of Patagon Divers/Ritz Carlton in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Kenneth J Davis MD, NJ, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5438
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Cozumel, Bora Bora, Maui, Bahamas, Provo, Key West, Curacao,
Aruba, 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guided dive - that's what we wanted.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Patagon Divers is the on-premises dive shop for the Ritz Carlton.  This is
a very well-run operation with personal service.  Two boats, one larger one
for beginners taking certification classes, a smaller one for certified
divers.  On the smaller boat there were no more than 6 divers with 2 dive
masters, one in the water and one on the boat.  No head, but short rides -
really didn't matter.  Bring down your gear and they bring it out to the
boat (short Zodiac ride), set it up for you, bring it back to the shop and
rinse and dry it after the last dive.  Ready for you on the boat the next
day.  My power inflater malfunctioned the first day, and was repaired
overnight without my asking.  They offer 2 tank morning and afternoon
dives, which is great for those of us who don't want to get up at the crack
of dawn on vacation.  We did the afternoon - relatively shallow dives on
nice reefs with interesting topography.  One sight, Cow and Calf, featured
spectacular canyons on one dive and lots of swim-throughs on the other. 
Stingrays, a turtle, lots of tropicals.  The dive staff was excellent -
hand up as much gear as you want, easy climb up the ladder.  There are some
deeper sights for those who need the adventure.

The Ritz Carlton is a beautiful property but VERY expensive.  The service
was good but not what you'd expect for the money.  I was traveling with my
wife and teenage son.  We had reserved a two-bed room, but when we arrived
there was only a king available, and my son had to sleep on a rollaway
before we got moved.  We did get a credit.  Food was good but very
expensive, and since the resort is somewhat isolated there was really no
alternative for breakfast without a cab ride.  St. Thomas is very hilly, so
some of those cab rides to restaurants (generally good but expensive) were
roller coaster rides.
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