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Dive Review of SCUBA (St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures)/Villa Margarita in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Nancy Olah, SC, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 1957
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman, San Salvador, St. Lucia, Bonaire,
Aruba, Great Barrier Reef, Roatan, Provo, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
SCUBA (St. Croixs Ultimate Blue Water Adventures) tried very hard to live
up to its reputation as the friendliest dive show on earth.  Ed Buckley
personally answered all of my questions by e-mail, whereas several other
dive shops I contacted at St. Croix sent me the same canned answer
multiple times and ignored the fact that I had asked specific questions
about their dive operation.  

SCUBAs staff is extremely friendly and competent.  We dove with Jonny,
Dawn, Tom and Pete during our week stay.  Our son, Nick (12) took Discover
Scuba with Dawn (a patient, petite Brit from London with blonde dreadlocks)
and then upgraded to a Junior Open Water PADI Class taught by Jonny.  Both
of them were fantastic with kids and very good teachers.  Nick became a
certified diver in three days and learned his skills well.  My husband and
I each did a total of 12 dives and especially enjoyed the diving at Salt
River (the West Wall rivals walls at Little Cayman and Cayman Brac and the
outer East Wall was also great), Pavilions at Cane Bay, Eagle Ray Bank,
Sugar Beach and Sleeping Shark Hole.  We saw hawksbill turtles on almost
every dive (including two mating at the surface), lots of fish and
critters, occasionally rays, and very nice coral formations (the swim
throughs are particularly beautiful on the west wall at Salt River).  

The Reliance has a marine head, fresh water showers, double ladders and
separate rinse buckets for cameras.  SCUBA staff are accomplished at giving
valet service.  Our gear was set up for us every morning, our tanks
changed between dives, fresh water was brought to us when we got back on
board after a dive, and they rinsed and stored our gear each night.  No one
mentioned tips (which I appreciated), so consequently I tipped very well
for their exceptional service.  SCUBA was a great dive operation and St.
Croix has surprisingly good diving.  

We stayed at a magnificent little guest house called Villa Margarita, which
was oceanside at Salt River, the point where Columbus landed in 1493.  This
lovely guest house recently purchased by John and Adele Burkhardt a
delightful couple from Maryland has three spacious units in addition to the
downstairs owners quarters.  We rented the two bedroom apartment with
spacious living room, kitchenette, 2 bedrooms and 2 balconies facing the
ocean for $165/night.  (Two other units, a one bedroom apartment and a one
bedroom suite also available.)  A beautiful pool overlooks the white sand
beach at the foot of the ocean and a gorgeous reef was 200 yards offshore. 
Adele and John met us at the airport, had us follow them in our rented car
to the best grocery store on the island so we could stock up with
provisions and made us feel quickly at home.  They even have a happy hour
from 4:00  5:00 in which Adele mixes any island rum drink you can imagine
along with complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks.  While relaxing on
their beautiful deck by the pool, our host quickly filled us in on the best
places to eat on the island pointing out those that were having specials on
particular weekdays to stretch our travel dollars further.  We can
especially recommend Bacchus, which we visited twice and which had the best
food on the island.  We cant say enough good things about St. Croix, Villa
Margarita and SCUBA.  

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