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Dive Review of Sail Carribean/Cooper Island Beach Club in
Virgin Islands/Cooper Island, BVI

November, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Thorne, NC, USA (6 reports)
Report Number 855

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Reporter
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Bonair, Grenada, Grand Turk, Bahamas, North Carolina
Wrecks, Florida Keys, & Cayman Island

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
84   to 86    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit to 130 feet, but they give you plenty of room to do your own
thing.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Boat with large camera table and dedicated large rinse bucket.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 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
5 stars    
Comments  
If you like to get away from it all, while having everything you would ever
need...go to Cooper Island Beach Resort and use Sail Caribbean Dive
Operation.  My Gypsy dive buddies and myself have been all over the
Caribbean for more than 10 years and we all agreed that this was one of our
top dive destinations.  What made it so great? Well, it was the combination
and synergy of all the components.  The place exceeded our expectations at
every turn. The resort, the resort staff, the food, the dive operation, the
dive boat, the dive staff, and the dives were as close to perfect as anyone
could ask for in the Caribbean.  The place is lined with graceful palm
trees and a few sail boats moored in the protected bay.  There were no jet
skis or tourist-type activities on or around the island which created a
true 'your-in'paradise'atmosphere.

Cooper Island Beach Club is a quiet, small operation, about 10 to 12
cottages, that takes pride in keeping the place neat and functional. It
became immediately obvious that customer service was a high priority.  The
cottages run off of generators with no A/C but we all found the ceiling
fans and the island breezes made the place comfortable. 

Sail Caribbean has a large 36-foot, new dive boat that was very roomy with
lots of goodies like showers, a head, tank holders, easy water entry/exit,
and plenty of shade.  The divemaster was very accommodating to plan for
dives that met our goals.  The BVI dive sites are numerous and varied from
reef to wreck dives.  Most of the dives had minimal current. One of the
highlights of the trip was the wreck of the Rhone. This 130-year-old plus
wreck made for wonderful day and night dives. We saw a prehistoric monster
turtle sleeping under this wreck. The dives included a wide assortment of
soft corals and tropical fish. The dives were mostly relaxing and
interesting.

Topside activities include eating fantastic food,sitting on the beach,
swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and taking out their 19'inflatable
powerboats around the numerous islands.  The restaurant serves up home
cooked food that was varied and delicious.  If you wish to cook for
yourself, the cottages are fully furnished with a frig, stove, and all the
pots and pans you could ask for.

The best thing of all is that we really felt like we had a vacation that
allowed us to get away from it all while really having an enjoyable time.

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