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Dive Review of Admiralty Dive Center/Best Western Carib in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

Admiralty Dive Center/Best Western Carib, Apr, 2008,

by Brian Sumner, OH, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4506.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving St. John, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Ohio quarries
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 76 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Step onto boat with 500psi, stay with group. Most dives in the 45-70 foot range.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Completed AOW with fiancee. Their boat doesn't have a head or anywhere to change, so be prepared to slip out of whatever you wore from the dock directly into your exposure suit. The best dive was the Navy Barges, which had an incredible array of tropical fish and creatures. We could have dived that site many times and never tired of it. Had two problems with rental BC: 1) Low pressure hose leaked badly and I lost a fair amount of air in short time - ended up taking buddy's (fiancee's) octo for safety stop or I would have run out of air. 2) tank came loose in the water (this happened to two other divers as well) after the staff set up the equipment. Best advice is to check your gear before diving. Hotel was so-so, but modestly priced and we were there to dive anyway, so no big deal.
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