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

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, US
Contributor   (13 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6062
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Indonsia, Fiji, Bonaire, Saba,Tortola, Malaysia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Nitrox package. Nitrox was available at $15 per tank.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Had to be at Newark Airport at 4:45 AM to catch the flight to Miami at 6:15
AM. I flew out of St Croix, a week later at 3:20PM arriving in NJ after a
change of planes in Miami at midnight. Considering the travel distance
between NJ and St Croix, flying times were most inconvenient.
St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures runs a very nice operation at St.
Croix. Their dive guides and boat crew are very helpful.  The reefs were
very nice. Fish life was a bit sparse. I thought there could have been more
variety in dive areas. The first day of diving was at Caneel Bay. The next
four days of diving were at various inlets of the Salt River. Went to some
of the same dive sites 2-3 times.
The night dive at Blue Chute was one of the best night dives I have ever
done. . Saw giant crabs, moray eels and lobsters.
I thought the surface intervals were too short considering the depths.
First dive was usually to 80-90 feet with a surface interval of about 45
minutes. The second dive was usually to 65-70 feet. However, nobody
received any diver related injuries due to the shortness of the safety
interval. I would have felt better if we waited 60-90 minutes between
dives.
Consider daily tipping, since there may be different dive guides and boat
crew each day
I did two night dives. One of them was off the town pier in Frederiksted.
The dive shop is not permitted to drive you there. Likewise in St Croix,
transfers from the airport to the hotel are not included in your
accommodations package due to the Taxi Association which has strict laws
that permits only taxis to do transfers.   A cab took a group of us from
Christiansted to Fredericksted at a cost of $15 round trip.
I booked the dive and air package through Warren Simms of Scuba Travel
Ventures. Ive used this agency for dive travel for the past four years. I
find them to be extremely reliable. When I arrived at the Hotel Caravelle,
I was told by the desk clerk that I owed a balance of $133 for the room
which I had prepaid in full. I contacted Warren via email and he
immediately straightened out the problem 
The Hotel Caravelle although not ultra luxurious was a short distance from
the dive operation.

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