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Dive Review of Anchor Dive Center in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

Anchor Dive Center, Dec, 2004,

by Gabriel I. Peñagarícano, PR, Puerto Rico . Report 1535.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments I wish I had been forewarned of Anchor's significant limitations, both in its approach to dive safety and the handling of its finances. It is nothing short of insane to deduct $10.00 from my bill for the cancelled dive and adamantly refuse to do likewise to my son. It is, of course, not the $10.00 that rankles, but the absurdity of the situation. The shortsightness of failing to grasp what those $10.00 would do to its standing, at least as far as I am concerned, is hard to understand. I guess that is why Undercurrent is such a valuable tool. My fellow divers will benefit from my untoward experience with Anchor.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Everywhere.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-75 Ft/ 3-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No more than 80 feet and the weirdest manner of boarding a dive boat I have encountered in 523 dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 Undercurrent subscribers should stay away from this operator. I contracted for a two-day, six-dive package and was quoted $215.00. On the second day they took the boat out with 8-10 foot swells, 10 foot visibility and with a resort diver on board. The dive was a complete disaster and there was a minor injury to a lady while boarding. The second dive of the day was scrubbed (as should have been the first) and when I went to pay the bill they deducted $10.00 for the scrubbed dive but charged my son the full $215.00. Divers going to St. Croix are well advised to choose from one of several very competent operators there and give Anchor a wide berth.
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