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Dive Review of Vigilant Divers in
Anguilla

Vigilant Divers, Dec, 2011,

by Daniel Spitzer MD, NY, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6405.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving widely in northern hemisphere
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions reasonable profiles, and liberal if an accomplished diver.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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 N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Anguilla is not a dive destination, but if you are on the island, diving is certainly worthwhile. Vigilant Divers, operated by an ex British SEAL, is a very professional operation - never before have we reviewed man-overboard procedures, location of emergency equipment etc prior to lifting anchor!

Anguillian dives are typically on wrecks sunk for that purpose, in about 80 fsw, with shallower drift dives on surrounding reefs as the second dive. Expect typical northern caribbean coral/fish, BUT keep your eyes open. My Dec 2011 trip included sighting of Atlantic Spade Fish, the largest Horse Eye jack I have ever seen, complete with his own remora, and a Spotted Eagle Ray which turned circles around us. The sunken M/V Commerce is now covered with Orange Cup Coral, as are other of the wrecks - no need to visit Bonaire's Pier for this!
Prior visits (I have been visiting Anguilla for 19 years now) have included schools of barracuda and several dolphins, many sting rays and turtles and numerous spotted eagle rays, along with the more typical reef fish (unfortunately now including Lionfish).

A good dive can be experienced almost anywhere; having travelled far and wide, I can say that some of my most memorable dives have actually occurred in Anguilla - again, it's all luck, and keeping your eyes open!
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