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Dive Review of Underwater Safaris in
Virgin Islands/Charlotte Amalie

Underwater Safaris, Sep, 2007,

by Don Winchester, NC, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3672.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Tortola; St. Thomas; Grand Caymen; Isla de Utila; Roatan; Belize; Mahahual, Costa Maya; Crystal River, FL; Blue Grotto, FL; Rainbow River, FL: EPCOT, Walt Disney World; Lake Norman (NC) Quarry.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divers were expected to stay in general group vicinity. However, divers were expected to return with minimum of 500 psi in tank.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small bucket for Cameras. No camera table.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Dove as a shore excursion from Disney Wonder cruise ship. Visted the Supermarket with rows of coral covered lava banks extending up from a sandy bottom. Unfortunately, according to the dive crew, the vis was apparently down after currents pulled in the murk stirred up by a hurricane that crossed the southern Caribbean the prevous week. Dive master made one of the best pre-dive presentations I have ever experienced, explaining the dive plan and laying out the rules and expectations in a humorous, but effective manner. Either because of the limited vis, the muck in the water or some other reason, the fish count seemed a little dissapointing. Second tank was on some collapsing WW II barges with interesting sea life and swim-throughs. The dive master led the group through the maze of the fire coral covered superstructure and around the outside as small fish schools and critters alternately ducked out and then hid themselves in the dark cavities. A small sea turtle let most of the divers cruise by before launching himself out of the depths of a cavity heading for the surface. Appearing out of the haze, a very large blowfish came in to hide in the caverns and hung, motionless, watching through a rusty hole in the sheet steel. Though the sealife did not live up to my preconceptions, it was a great dive, nonetheless.
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