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Dive Review of Cane Bay Dive Shop/Cane Bay Reef Club in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

Cane Bay Dive Shop/Cane Bay Reef Club, Mar, 2005,

by Karen Becker, CA, us . Report 1921.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Choose St. Croix because we were taking along an inexperienced traveler/diver; looking for something tropical, yet convenient. St. Croix did the trick (direct flight from Atlanta). Going to the North end of the island took us away from it all, yet had all the ease of being in the US.
The Cane Bay Reef Club is not all it advertises itself to be. Most of the room photos are of their Penthouse Suite, so it’s not exactly what you are expecting when you get there. The cost led us to believe that the place was a lot more upscale. Lots of age and wear. However, the manager did get in right away and got the things fixed that needed fixing. On the plus side, each room has a kitchen, Living Room with futon and bedroom. Air conditioning worked well. Balcony did great for drying stuff. I would stay there again if the price was more reasonable.
Diving with the Cane Bay Dive Shop was great. They are outstanding in every way. I specifically chose them because of their boats. I had just had a major abdominal surgery two months earlier and wasn’t going to be able to do much lifting or carrying. They have unique inflatable dive boats that were designed for navy seals with extremely easy entrances and exits through the hull of the boat. They just unzip the front of the boat, you sit on the floor, feet dangling in the water, and they bring you your gear, put it on and lean forward. To get back on, take off gear, they lift it up, you hoist yourself in. Couldn’t have been easier, especially for someone who may have some limitations.
My niece took her Advanced course while we were there and they were very thurough. I was specific about wanting her taught something, not just a quick course to get a card and they took care to make sure she understood all the information. I was very pleased.
There is an excellent pier in Fredriksted; night dives amazing there. As good as the pier in Bonaire.
Had hoped to do similair shore diving (rental vehical necessary here) as in Bonaire. Not as possible. There is an excellent entry/exit point in front of dive shop (whre they put boats in). Anywhere else you are dealing with Urchins in the 1 – 3 foot deep water, makes it real tough to get in and out.
Relaxing week with decent Caribbean diving.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All legal islands in the Caribbean, Mexico (Cozumel and Sea of Cortez), Micronesia, Fiji, Tonga.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 85-100 Ft/ 26-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions back to boat with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 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 [None]
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