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Dive Review of Adventures in diving STX/Air BNB, Frederiksted Southeast in
Virgin Islands/St Croix

Adventures in diving STX/Air BNB, Frederiksted Southeast: "Diving in St Croix", Sep, 2017,

by Joseph Gallagher, MD, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9802 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Dove six times, twice under the Frederiksted Pier, (one a night dive), and two boat dives. The first boat dive was a wreck and reef dive at Frederiksted and the other, one wall dive and the other a reef dive off Christiansted. All of the dives included Rays, Morays, and Turtles. Several had larger fish, Sharks and Tarpons. The group diving the Pier sighted seahorse.

The visibility was excellent and water temperature very comfortable. it was off season and very hot, with few tourists. Several dive shops would not accommodate one diver and stated I would need to find another diver before they would take me on.

Fortunately I ran into Adventures in Diving STX on King Street, an operation run by Mitch Nestor and Andrea Hemphill. Mitch became my diving partner for most of the dives and he and I drove over to the other side of the Island to dive in Christiansted. Mitch took care of my equipment and provided anything I needed to dive. Since this was my first time in St Croix and Mitch booked boat rides so I would enjoy the diving, I was very pleased with the service and just relaxed. I was provided flashlights for the night dive and was able to take great pictures.
The Pier dive was very interesting, but needed a guide to get into the water and onto the beach. Mitch ensured one of his staff assisted with those challenges and took care of getting the equipment from and to his shop.

St Croix is an island which sits alone - a two hour boat ride south of St. Thomas. A great deal of large fish are in the waters surrounding the island. There are many dive sites in the west and north of the island and many sites for snorkeling off the beaches.

We were fortunate to book the week before the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Once we got used to the slow pace of the Islanders we were able to relax and enjoy the diving. The free ranging roosters became our wake up clocks, it was a vey relaxing and varied dive vacation.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving St Croix, USVI, Great barrier reef, andaman sea, Grand caymans, Bahamas, Hawaii, Red Sea, Gloucester, Hong Kong, Philippines, Germany, West Palm Beach, FL, Key West, Key Largo, San Diego, Maui, Ohio, Ft. Wayne, IN, Panama City, FL, Bermuda, Okinawa
Closest Airport Christiansted Getting There Miami to St Croix American Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 70-80°F / 21-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dove to 74 feet while taking Photographs, and near 90 around the wreck bottom, most other dives were at the 60 foot depth and less.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments boat trips were under an hour, accommodations for cameras in water tubs.
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