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

Anchor Dive Center/Rental house, Nov, 2012,

by Stephen Anania, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 6838.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We just returned from a week of diving with Anchor Dive Center. I was a little concerned with the company as emails were late in being answered, not very specific, and they generally didn't seem all that concerned if we were coming or not. Also, there didn't seem to be an entry for them on Trip Advisor, just mentions of them here and there on some trip reports. They were located right by Salt River which we did want to dive, so we signed up and hoped for the best.

Well, it turned out we couldn't have been happier. We were warmly greeted by Wiz who is quite the friendly character, along with some of his captains. Filled out various paper work and then met the dive guide for the week, Bob. He went over how the boat works, what they do, what we need to do, etc. With about 10 people split into 2 groups, each with a dive master, off we went. They claim 1 dive master for every 6 divers and that was true our whole week with them. All dives execpt the one to Cane Bay were 10 minutes, about 5 of which were getting out of the creek at 5 mph/no wake speeds. Surface intervals were back at the dock. Cane Bay was about 30 minutes and the surface interval was mostly the ride back closer to the dive center.

Dives were lead, but plenty of leeway to go off within sight of the divemaster. Typcial profiles were 80 feet for 20 minutes, 50-60 feet for 20 minutes, then 10 minutes at 30-40 feet plus the normal safety stop. Reefs were in good shape, with very few lionfish spotted. Don't think they've been eradicated, just maybe deeper depths. It was nice to see more fish than we've seen on previous dives in other parts of the Caribbean. After the dives, the crew took your gear off the boat, washed it and had it ready for the next day. All you had to do was get your wet suit and make sure weight belts were on board.

One day we did not boat dive, but got tanks from the shop and did Frederiksted Pier by ourselves. They gave us plenty of info on how to get in, how to get out and what to look for. No pressure to do it with them at a higher cost. Just charged us $20 per tank plus the package for the other days we dove. Couldn't have been easier, and it was a great dive with a few seahorses and a frog fish among the many things we found ourselves.

It was great diving with Wiz and his crew. If you go with these folks, I think you'll be in for some great diving and service.
Websites Anchor Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Many Caribbean destinations along with Great Barrier Reef and PNG.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
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]
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