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

Cane Bay Dive Shop/Cane Bay Cottage, Oct, 2013,

by Michael H Rodriguez, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 7189.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Overall, this 9 day trip was excellent. The information Cane Bay Divers sent by email was most helpful to do trip prep. The cottage on the dive shop property was well equipped and perfect for a quiet get-a-way. There is a restaurant on site but the owners were on vacation for the month of October. A few hundred yards east is the Off The Wall bar/with outdoor dining. About a mile east is Roudy Joes and they had good food and bar. The unlimited shore diving and calm, warm water was a plus. Because this was off season there were fewer divers each day. I was surprised that the shop and dive masters do not set up the gear for the divers. On some 2nd dives they would. The dive masters were friendly and set easy paces for taking photos and video. The pre-dive information was focused on safety and covered the need to knows. On some dives the DM's used spears for lionfish catching. On the Seamount (near Cane Bay) site there were many hungry reef sharks in close proximity and quickly chomped up a wounded LF. I would suggest the two dives at Fredricksted a must. (the Pier and Armageddon)
There were many "of the usual suspects" reef inhabitants: lobsters, turtles, eels, 2 seahorses, octopus, baby squids, sea fans, corals, barrel and tube sponges. Cane Bay Shop has a good selection of dive equipment essentials and some gift items for sale.
If you like doing night life or the culture scene, you will need to rent an auto. Don't forget to drive on the left. Also look out for the many potholes. I rented a vehicle on the last full day to explore the island. Centerline Car Rentals had good prices and clean vehicles to rent.
There were some no-seems so bring the insect repellent.
Websites Cane Bay Dive Shop   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving California, Hawaii, Micronesia, Caribbean, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Most of the dives we were given general guidelines for depth and times. Divers could ascend early on their own for their safety stops and board the boat/inflatable boat. All but 1 dive was about 55-60 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 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 5 stars
UW Photo Comments On the large boat there was a camera bucket of water. On the inflatable the divers held on to their cameras and did a surface interval at the dive shop that had a camera bucket available.
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