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Dive Review of S.C.U.B.A./Rental Villa-View Galore in
Virgin Islands/St Croix/Christiansted

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Rob Schmitt, NJ, USA (1 report)
Report Number 1193

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Reporter
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Key West,

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemaster had a recommended profile on each dive, but you could go your
own way if you wanted.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Boat had a rinse for cameras, and the staff were patient with handing up
cameras before & after dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
St. Croix Underwater Bluewater Adventures (SCUBA) was a friendly operation
with a 38 foot well maintained boat leaving right off the boardwalk in
Christiansted. On our first 2 dives my sons and I had the boat to ourselves
as there were few other people on the island in late July/early August.
Staff was very helpful & as we are pretty new divers we stayed with the
divemasters who showed us much interesting marine life including several
turtles, southern sting rays, spotted eagle rays, cleaner shrimp, giant
barrel sponges, and achools of angelfish. Other more experienced divers
went their own way with no problems. They also had a videographer along who
made a great DVD of our dives. This was an excellent way to show my
non-diving wife what we do underwater for onmly $40.I would reccomend this
dive operation completely. About the island- The beaches are weak compared
to nearby St Thomas & St John. They are rocky & have many urchins.
The best beach is on Buck Island-a 45 minute boat ride. Best place to eat-
Bacchus- especially good if you enjoy fine wines, great food, and where
else can you have your desserts brought to you in the billiards room (a
purple and black table with posters of Mariln Monroe) whole place is air
conditioned too. City- There are poor people/beggars around, but no one
bothered us. Plenty of places to shop. Worthwhile trip- to Cruzan Rum
factory. Costs $4 and you can taste/drink all the rum and rum mixed drinks
you want (bring a Desig. driver if you do-they drive on the left in St
Croix). 
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