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Dive Review of Underwater Safaris in
Virgin Islands/Charlotte Amalie

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Don Winchester, NC, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 3672
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Small bucket for Cameras. No camera table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
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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