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Dive Review of Windjammer in
Virgin Islands/British

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Dr. John L. Banks, Jr., Texas, USA
Report Number 2725
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Turks &Caicos, Caymans, Palau, Galapagos, Sea of Cortez,
Tahiti, Belize, Bay Islands, St Martin, St Kitts, Statia, Saba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow dive masters.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
1 stars    
This ship was the Windjammer Mandalay. Itinery was British Virgin Islands. 
The Windjammer boats advertize in the dive magazines and ther have been
articles in Sport Diving (the PADI publication).  This ship carries 72
guest and is more of a cruise ship.  I was assured that the vessel had an
onboard dive operation and dive instructors of exceptional quality. 
However, upon boarding we were told the they no longer had dive instructors
because of problems with work permits in BVI. I was told that we could
still dive with local dive operations.  I had hoped for 5 days of 2 tank
diving at a cost of $80,  instead I got 2 days of 2 tank diving with a cost
of $110 per day.  The dive operations were marginal at best and treated
everyone as if they were doing one a favor just by allowing you to see
their islands.  This is a very nice boat and wonderful crew for a different
kind of cruise where you get to work with the crew on a sailing vessel. 
But as a dive operation it is close to a total failure.  I have done 15
liveaboards and many more land operations and these dive masters were
without doubt the very worst.  In fact this is the only time I can remember
not tipping the dive masters.   
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