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Dive Review of Peter Island Divers / Paradise Watersports/Peter Island Resort in
Virgin Islands/Peter Island

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy, GA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 1670
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Vincent, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman
Brac, New Providence Bahamas, Freeport Bahamas, FL Keys, North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None - Divers were free to dive their own profile.  Divemaster was in the
water if anyone wanted a guided tour.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
No setup on the boat, but dive staff was very sensitive to divers with
cameras.  There was a separate rinse bucket.  Photographers were allowed
into water first and we handed cameras and could pass them back easily at
end of the dive.  Boat usually has less than 6 divers leaving plenty of
space for cameras, but no specific setup area.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Peter Island is an amazing island.  It is a large island with 1 resort and
1 dive operation.  Both the resort and the dive shop are first class
operations.  You bring your gear to the dive shop on the first day and that
is the last time you touch it - they'll set you up, rinse your gear and
hang it up to dry each day.  They assist you in and out of the water at
each site and dive with you to offer a guided tour (not required).  If you
are a u/w photographer, they are REEF field station and are very happy to
help you locate those hard to find fish or critters.  

The diving was excellent; however, several dive sites had fairly strong
currents and surge.  This isn't the place for wall diving, but given the
islands proximity to the Atlantic ocean, you see a lot of turtles, some
sharks and lots of schools of fish.  Peter Island divers will run a dive
with as few as 1 diver and up to 8 divers.  I dove for a week with no more
than 5 divers on the boat and most days only 3.  Dive staff is first class.
 They offer detailed briefings at eash site and often times draw a site
map.  They encourage divers to use computers and have several to rent.  In
addition, they have the latest Scubapro equipment to rent (if you need it
or want to try some new gear).  They also have u/w digital cameras to try.

The resort is fantastic.  The rooms are amazing - large beds, closets,
bathrooms.  No TV in the room, but there is one on the island for those who
cannot go a week without connecting to the real world.  There is also a
business center with a high-speed internet connection.  There are 2
restaurants - a formal one and a casual one.  A first class spa was added
about 6 months ago - highly recommend trying at least one treatment to use
the plunge pool and hot tub.  The resort has several beaches from a
completely isolated White Bay to the popular, but not crowded, Deadman's
Beach.  This is the place to go if you want first class accommodations and
diving, afternoons in a hammock, spa treatments for the non-diver and don't
mind being a little disconnected (Blackberry's still work on the island). 

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