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Dive Review of St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures/Hotel Caravelle in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Dori, MD, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3802
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Most all of the Caribbean Islands, Truk, Pilau, Yap, Sipidan, Kampali,
Lankayan, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We have computers so there were no restrictions on us for either time or
depth. Back on the boat with 500 PSI.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They had a camera tank along with a dip tank on board and were willing to
hand down and remove cameras for you while in the water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The staff was very competent and professional. Ed & Molly are the
owners, the DM's are Marc, Bill & Shelly, and another Bill. They are
all very personable, provided good briefings and checked dive sights for
vis and currents before allowing us to enter the water. We changed sites a
few times due to poor conditions and time was not a factor to them. The
dive boat was spacious and comfortable, cold water, fruit between dives, a
hang bar @ 15 feet, a regulator always available @ 20 feet. Once you set up
the first time the staff then removes your gear, rinses and dries it at the
shop and sets it up @ the boat each day including change of tanks during a
trip. 2 tank dives depart daily @ 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Beginners frequent
the PM dives, some on AM dives but they are always with an instructor and
go in after you do and were not a bother to experienced divers. They tried
hard not to repeat sites if possible. We dove Cane Bay Wall once and did
several dives @ Salt River, nice  walls there. Most 2nd dives were within
sight of the town of Christiansted. Vis was not so hot due to steady winds
out of the East and exits were a challenge with a bouncing boat but the
staff was very helpful. The DM would take your fins @ the stern and you
could then pull yourself into the swim platform with the rope attached to
the hangbar to a pair of ladders. I typically shed all equipment in the
water and they were happy to accomodate me taking my weight belt and BC and
then handing them up to the Captain.
     The fish life was all small. Except for a couple of barracuda we did
not see any big fish. We did not see one grouper the whole week. There were
several eagle ray sightings along with a few turtles. One group had 3
dolphins swim thru them but we had no such luck. The coral was in bad
shape, color was at a premium, brown algae was proficient in the coral. The
diving was comfortable and enjoyable all in all.
     We stayed @ the Hotel Caravelle, it's an older place right on the
boardwalk with a great view. The rooms were so so with our A/C moderately
successful @ keeping up in the daytime. The did have a small fridge and a
safe in every room, no extra charge. The staff were friendly and helpful,
my daughters bags didn't make the Cape Air flight from St. Thomas and the
receptionist called the AM after our arrival and determined that they had
them and would be delivering them that same day. So she had her own
equipment for the first afternoon dive that day. 
     Rumrunners is the restaurant attached to the hotel, the food was good
but it took the kitchen a while to prepare dinner meals when they were
busy. Breakfast and lunch were ok and reasonably priced. Happy hour from 4
to 6 all over the town. Many good restaurants within close walking distance
from the hotel, try Angry Nates if you visit, good food and a nice
atmosphere. Many shops in close proximity to the hotel.
     We rented a jeep on our off day and toured the entire island. It has
many spectacular views and has several great resorts. Airfare from the east
coast is approx. 1,000 + (Delta), the rooms were the same for double occ.
The 5 day 2 tank dive package was 350. We enjoyed Christiansted very much,
it was a pleasant and relaxing vacation and we would go back if the
opportunity presented itself in the future.
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