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Dive Review of The Waves at Cane Bay in
Virgin Islands/Cane Bay, St. Croix

The Waves at Cane Bay, Jan, 2003,

by Richard Heath, SC, USA . Report 330.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Azores; Grand Cayman; French Polynesia Islands; Great Abacos, Bahamas; Cozumel, Cancun, Play De Carma, Ixtapa, Mexico; St Lucia; St Thomas; Recife, Brazil;Florida Keys; North & South Carolina
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Waves at Cane Bay has about 15 rooms, most with a/c. Rooms have kitchens; king size beds; showers, and small in room safes- very clean; reminds you of a 1960/70s Howard Johnson Motel room.

Restaurant downstairs serves a good dinner; there is a neat breakfast place 100 yards down the road excellent breakfasts at a good price (Off the Wall Restaurant and Bar). You should rent a car if you are staying out on the Cane Bay side of St. Croix. Compact cars were renting for about $38 per day probably less than you would pay a cab if you could get one.

Victoria is the new owner since April 2002. Extremely easy to get along with and very accommodating. You only wish that all the island folks on St Croix were as focused on providing good service as was Victoria. At the time of our visit she did not have a dive master on premise. She gives you maps of about 5 shore dive locations and you plan your own dive. She will hook you up with another guest in the lodge if you need a buddy. She charges $3 per tank. There are two great wash down areas to wash down your scuba gear and each room is provided with a locker area downstairs to secure your gear after washdown (your room key fits both your locker door and your room)

On the dive from The Waves, you swim out about 100-120 yards on a heading of 325 or so to a sea buoy and drop down to 70 feet. This is a wall dive with a wall that reportedly goes to 13,000 feet. I stop at 122 feet. Swimming parallel to the shore for about 10-15 minutes then coming back to the entry point on a heading of 120 is a very relaxing 35-minute dive. Since there is no dive master, this is not recommended for the inexperienced diver. However about 250 yards down the road there is a dive shop if you want to dive with a master and a group.

I dove "Cane Bay" dive location also, same procedure as "the waves" dive location (Cane Bay shore dive is located in front of the dive shop discussed above.)

If you want an easygoing wall dive with no restrictions, very clear visibility and good coral formations and some tropicals, I would highly recommend the Waves at Cane Bay.
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