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Dive Review of St. Thomas Diving Club/Bolongo Bay Beach Club in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Kenneth Marks, VA, USA
Report Number 595
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, St. Croix, Tahiti, Martinique, Tortola (BVI), New York, Rhode
Island, North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
0   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Gave max depth and max time guidelines with different times for those
with/without dive computers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
St. Thomas has come out of its slump! I first dove St. Thomas in 1980.
Then, there were urchins everywhere and the coral was healthy and fish
plentiful. Then the urchins started to disappear and the coral declined. On
this trip we saw the return of the urchins and the return to health of the
reefs. Fish are plentiful again. The addition of dive site moorings is a
big plus Im sure. 

During this trip I was treated to first class service with the St. Thomas
diving club in every way you can imagine. First, in my three days of
diving, I visited some really choice sites. Second, the boat was not
crowded and the crew tried hard to please everyone. Third, when one of my
fin straps broke, they were there with a replacement set of fins. Fourth,
something that I especially enjoyed, after determining my set up
preferences, the crew set up my equipment and changed tanks between dives.
Finally, the crew was a really nice group of people that youd want to
spend some time with.  

On my last day of diving I awoke to a glorious morning and bathtub calm
seas. Some of the locals skipped work to dive that morning. We set off for
French Cap, an offshore pinnacle offering potential for large pelagic fish.
I dove a mini-wall with lots of ledges. Fish were plentiful and larger than
those closer to the island. There was spectacular stag horn coral growth.
The second dive of the day was to an equally choice dive site  Dog Rock.
Again, beautiful ledges, plentiful fish and nice coral growth.

As I look back on the six dives made on the island in three days of diving,
I realize that I saw many large lobsters on almost all of my dives (14 on
one dive alone). I also saw several large rays and at least 2 small black
tip sharks. I was very surprised and happy to see that St. Thomas diving is
returning to its legendary status.

Combining a visit to St. Thomas with a trip to St. Croix for some wall
diving would be a stellar combination. There is a high speed boat between
the islands, that operates only in high season, that makes diving both
islands in one trip very easy to do. In St. Croix, I dove with Dive
Experience (which I recommend).
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