Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Cane Bay Dive Shop/Arawak Inn in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

Cane Bay Dive Shop/Arawak Inn: "St. Croix after the Sept., 2018 Hurricane", Mar, 2018,

by Jerome M Hobart, NY, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10174 has 3 Helpful votes.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Having dove St. Croix off a Nekton liveaboard in 2008, I was interested to see what damage the Sept., 2018 hurricane had done to the Island of St. Croix as well as the coral reefs and fish. Having made my reservations before the hurricane, I spent many months worrying about whether St. Croix would be back in business by March, 2018. Happily, the Island now has power and the Arawak Inn( Bed and Breakfast) was up and running. Jennifer( the owner) cooks a tasty breakfast to order and did a wonderful job giving us directions since many of the route signs and traffic lights have not been replaced. However, the roads are open and very little damage remains through the country side. Cane Bay Divers keeps their dive boat very near the Arawak Inn( approx. 1/2 mi.) and if you don't have transportation they will pick you up in the morning. Demeritt and Mike provided excellent guidance as Captain and dive guide in the water and chose dive sites that had the best visibility and least damage from the hurricane.
Reef and nurse sharks were seen on multiple dives; along with turtles, southern sting rays, spotted and green moray eels, filefish, trunkfish, porcupine fish, cowfish, trumpetfish, spotted drumfish, and many others. The hurricane did not seem to bother the quantity or quality of fish but there was obvious damage to the hard and soft coral. Probably the most noticeable coral damage I saw when comparing 2008 with 2018 was at the Frederiksted Pier. It seems the Sept. hurricane pretty much cleared the soft corals off the pier pillars. There still are plenty of fish under the Pier, but the beautiful corals on the columns have been badly damaged. I am sure in the next couple of years they will come back, but at the present they are not the same as previously. In conclusion, St. Croix is open for business. The diving is good, the food is excellent( try Rowdy Joe's, Flyers in the Cane Bay Marina and the pizza along the waterfront in Christiansted is to die for) and the people are very friendly and helpful.
Websites Cane Bay Dive Shop   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Maldives, French Polynesia, Great Barrier Reef, Cozumel, Bonaire, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Curacao, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Belize, Grenada, Niagara River, St. Eustatius, Raja Ampat, Yap, Fiji, Palau, Honduras.
Closest Airport Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Getting There American Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Asked to stay within 100 feet for 60 minutes.
Really no problem if you went deeper.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Cane Bay Dive crew very helpful in assisting divers with cameras. A larger rinse bucket for cameras would be helpful. Camera table in middle of dive boat is also more than adequate.
Dive boat also has a marine head that works.
Was this report helpful to you?
Report currently has 3 Helpful votes
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 210 dive reviews of Virgin Islands and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.


Want to assemble your own collection of Virgin Islands reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home

Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2023 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.11 seconds