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Dive Review of S/V Caribbean Dream in
Virgin Islands

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Hueston, ON, CA (1 report)
Report Number 6448
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Caymans, Turcks and Caicos, Ontario Canada
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to    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):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
There was no dedicated rinse tank, but most of our dives were done right
off the back of the catarmaran or from the dingy after a short run and
there is a fresh water shower at the stern of the boat.  I am sure a tank
could be provided if required.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
  This may not be the ticket for hard core divers, but it is one
spectacular way to spend a week!
  We were a group of 3 couples made up of two divers, two snorkelers and
two soon to be snorkelers.  The Caribbean Dream is a crewed 47' catarmaran
based in the British Virgin Islands.  The crew consists of Glenn, the
captain and Angela, the chef (and I do mean chef).  Both are divemasters
and Anglea was completing her instructor certification the week after our
  Since diving was not the primary focus of the group we chose, or rather
Glenn and Angela chose dive sites based on good snorkling and quiet
anchorages.  We did not dive the Rhone or any of the other wrecks although
they are also a destination for snorkelers.
  A typical day starts at 7:00 when the coffee is made.  Breakfast is at
8:00.  Some examples include french toast with coconut carmel syrup,
croissant sandwiches, fruit & yogart with fresh crumbcake, and fried
egg sandwiches with provolone.  Next we would either snorkel/dive or pull
up anchor and sail to the next destination.  Lunches were served after we
completed our daily sail. Dishes like chicken ciabatta sandwiches with
avacado along with pineapple coleslaw, seared ahi tuna on a bed of ceasar
salad, asian ribeye steak salad were presented.  The afternoon would be
spent snorkeling/diving or hiking and exploring the islands we visited. 
Hors d'oeuvre were served at 5:00 with the days special cocktail.  Watch
out for the bushwackers!  Dinner is served at 7:00 with wine.  Steamed mahi
mahi with green rice, rack of lamb on truffle mash, chipotle duck breast
with sweet potato and plantain mash, new york strip with pepper stir fry. 
Desserts were equaly spectacular.  Lavender infused ice cream,  banana
upside down cake with walnut caramel, creme brulee, baked hot chocolate
with baileys whipped cream. Most of us were asleep by 9:00 after a full
   The diving in the BVI's is quite pleasant.  Nothing too deep,  lots of
coral and small stuff.  Turtles, eagle rays and the odd shark.  The winds
had been blowing steady with some rain before we arrived so the vis was
down a little.  This is a great place for a new diver.  Our dives maxed out
at 50ft or less, which gave us lots of bottom time and allowed us to really
explore.  We were there in February with water temperatures in the high
70's, during the warmer months water temperatures are in the low 80's. 
There are several dive shops on the various islands where Glenn would get
the air fills once we had gone through the tanks on board. We had eight
tanks on board this trip, but I know they have more.  At some islands the
keep an inventory of tanks so they can just swap full for empty and at
other locations refill whats been used. We brought our own gear, but the
equipment on the boat appeared to be in good shape.  The snorkelers had a
great time, even the two newbies. They had the whole thing figured out
after the first reef. Glenn and Angela's knowlege of the area really pays
off.  They knew where to go and more importantly WHEN to go to certain
areas.  Allowing some of the day traffic to be gone or getting an early
start to get to an area before other dive boats giving our group a great
experience.  The week can be customized to whatever you want.  More diving,
less diving, wrecks, reefs, you decide.
  The Caribbean Dream itself has been well maintained.  The boat is clean,
well organized and comfortable.  She has air conditioning, a generator and
water maker.  She can sleep 6 guests in the 3 queen stateroooms each with a
private head/shower.  Angela cleans the rooms each morning while the guests
are at breakfast.  There are always cold drinks available with soft drinks,
juices and beer on ice.  They provide you with your own water bottle and
there is an icemaker in the galley to keep you hydrated.
  I can honestly say that each of the three couples felt this was one of
their best vacations to date.  The location is beautiful, the sailing is
relaxing, the food exceeded all expectations, the diving/snorkeling was
wonderful, the reefs are healthy, but most of all Glenn and Angela worked
hard to ensure we had the vacation we wanted.
  If you have ever considered a vacation in the BVI's or wanted to try a
liveaboard I have one piece of advice for you.  DO IT!! One more piece of
advice contact Glenn and Angela on the Caribbean Dream. You will have a
fantastic time.
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