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Dive Review of Underwater Safaris/Emerald Princess in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

Underwater Safaris/Emerald Princess, Apr, 2008,

by Paul Lima, TN, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports). Report 4025.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Florida, Caribbean Islands, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions follow divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments no camera rinse bucket

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Walked from cruise pier to the dive shop which was nearby and then to the dive boat which was large and spacious with 14 divers on board. The crew gave good briefings and did numerous head counts by reading names off a log. This was done prior to sailing and before and after each dive. The reef dive was a disappointment because of poor coral and very few fish. Also our divemaster went through the spur and groove formations much too quickly allowing little time to look at anything. I felt rushed the entire dive. The second dive was on old Navy barges and was much better. There was better coral and many more fish including some large Queen Angels. Once on the barges we were allowed to explore at our own pace and it was a much more pleasant experience.
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