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Dive Review of S.C.U.B.A./Divi Carina Bay in
Virgin Islands/St Croix

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Kevin Robertson, TN, USA
Report Number 1440
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Curacao, Bonaire, Little Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130ft max. They preferred your 1st dive around 80ft and 2nd dive 60ft. Back
on boat with 500 PSI. They gave a lot of freedom based on how they saw you
dive. Most of my dives were 55-65 min  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Our room at Divi was clean and had a nice wet bar with frig and microwave.
We did encounter very tiny ants on the desk and wet bar counter top. Our
slidding door to the balcony was filthy with a film from the sea air. It
took them three days to clean it. You will need a car regardless of where
you stay. All in all I would stay at Divi again. Its the best place to stay
for the money. The Buccaneer looks very nice for almost twice the price.
Good restaurants we enjoyed were "Just-Case-Deli" for excellent
sandwiches. I stopped there on the way back to the hotel from diving. The
sandwiches are big enough to split with my wife. "Duggans Reef"
for surf and turf. We ate dinner there twice. "Hamburgers in
Paradise" I promise the best hamburger you have eaten. "Tutto
Bene" very good italian. All these restaurants are reasonable priced.
Wear long pants when dining outside. The mosquitos are relentless. Duggans
Reef keeps a can of OFF spray if guests feel the need. 

I did my diving with S.C.U.B.A (St Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures).
They are located in Christiansted and about a twenty minute drive from the
Divi. SCUBA is a wonderful dive operation. They made my vacation enjoyable.
They are very professional, well staffed, experienced, very friendly and
helpful. If they were located in the Caymans or Bonaire they would rate one
of the best. Their dive baot is approx 40ft. and very roomy with lots of
storage under the bench seating or in the bow. Half the deck has a roof.
Rinse tank for cameras. The boat is kept very clean and orderly. I did five
days of diving with them and there was no more than six divers. One day I
thought I was going to be the only one and they were still going to take me
by myself. Others did show up at the last minute. I was pleasantly
surprised by the decent diving in St Croix. Water visability most days was
around 60 ft. Not exactly Cayman quality but a nice option topside for my
non-diving wife. The reefs seem to be slightly above average in health.
Some dive sites included walls and some nice swim throughs. Lots of large
tube sponges and nice soft and hard corals. I saw lots of species of fish
but not a large quantity of them. I was told that the locals spear fish
with no regulations. They especially like angelfish and lobsters. Also
there is a lot of commercial fishing near by. Apparently if the situation
continues, recreational diving could be in jeopardy over the next five
years or so. I did see turtles, queen angels, french angels, baraccuda,
spotted and purplemouth moreys. No green moreys. Also saw giant lobsters,
yellow headed jawfishes, spotted drums, peacock flouder, puffers,
trunkfishes and plenty of others. Schools of small tropicals. We
encountered a school of squid. On my last day diving we had a giant manta
swim within 30ft of us.

Don't plan on any last minute shopping at the airport departure terminal.
You will only find a hotdog stand. So, eat up and shop before you get to
the airport. 

St Croix was a nice trip and I would like to go back again. It's not a
"must dive" destination, but should be considered for those of us
with non diving spouses. If I do return, I'll be diving with S.C.U.B.A. and
 will stay at the Divi Carina.     

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