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Dive Review of St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures/The Palms at Pelican Cove in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Tammy & Randy Hauk, MO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3619
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Cozumel, Cayman Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None, other than standard safety issues  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures (SCUBA) welcomes photographers and
allows divers all the time they require with a subject.  The dive leaders
are quick to find and point out sea life of interest, then move away to
make room for the photographers.  They have designated rinse tank onboard
for cameras only, although a little small, and don't mind handing down your
equipment after you get in the water.  No one got harangued if you fell
behind the group waiting for that special photo op.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Aug. 25 - Sep. 2 trip. We booked with SCUBA based on a referral, and we're
very glad we did.  Their entire operation is friendly and helpful, and
their overall Company Motto seems to be "Have Fun!"  Once you set
up your gear the first day, they take over including swapping tanks between
dives, rinsing at the end of the day & hanging to dry in a secure area,
and loading it on the boat the next day.  We wanted to do shore dives each
afternoon, and after a leisurely lunch we could go back and gather our
rinsed gear, grab some tanks and head out, returning the tanks the next
morning.  Tanks were sometimes a bit short of 3000psi, but were usually a
bit over that mark.  Hurricane Dean had passed south of St. Croix the week
before, so vis was probably not as good as it should have been for August. 
The boat crew was always willing to chat with us about anything and
everything, and I've never seen a more pleasant bunch of people to dive
with.  The dive leaders were there if you needed them, but allowed us to
dive our computer limits.  They were always pointing out interesting
things, and we were lucky to be on a dusk dive during the full moon and
literally ran into a field of coral spawning.  We saw just about every
Carribean creature imaginable, and they were small in size, but there were
massive numbers on every dive.  Only saw 1 nurse shark, but saw turtles of
various sizes, spotted eagle rays, roughtail rays, and more lobster, arrow
crab, banded shrimp and various eels than we have seen elsewhere.  The
corals looked great, with plenty of color and lots of variety.  The wall
diving on the north side was surprisingly good.  The Palms at Pelican Cove
is right on the beach, about 10 minute drive west of Christiansted.  Quiet
and right on the beach, you can snorkel the close-to-shore reef.  Good room
for the price, but the sliding glass door to the lanai only opened about 12
inches.  Restaurant on site, but it closed for a month right after we
arrived.  We enjoy  diving but don't like to feel "herded" or
treated like kids or, worse, that we're keeping the crew from something
they'd rather be doing. SCUBA is the first dive operation we've used that
we will definitely go back to and can recommend to others.  They were happy
to have us dive with them, and it showed in everything they did all week.
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