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

Cane Bay Dive Shop: "Great Variety of Ways to Get Wet", Nov, 2015,

by Michael Marmesh , FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8596 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caymans, Cocos, Palau, Belize, Roatan, Galapagos, Bonaire, Curacao, Costa Rica, FL Keys
Closest Airport Henry E. Rohlsen (STX) Getting There Direct from Miami

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Guided diving available, also opportunities to dive your own profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Limited camera table on the boat ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments After almost being blown off of Blue Corner in Palau and a slight DCS problem in Cocos we decided to take an easier dive trip. My buddy likes wall dives, so after some Internet research and talking with fellow divers, we booked a 14-dive package with Cane Bay Dive Shop with a stay in one of their superior cottages. (Any package with 10 dives or more includes unlimited shore diving from their shop on Cane Bay Beach.)
In St. Croix we picked up our rental car at the airport and set out. Remember DRIVE ON THE LEFT. After only one wrong turn we made it. You can’t get real lost. The island is only 5 miles across at the widest point.
On arrival at the dive shop, we were directed up the hill to our recently remodeled cottage. It was quite comfortable, though there was only A.C. in the bedroom. The kitchen had all the necessary modern conveniences. There’s wifi and satellite TV for those who don’t want to be out of touch. Drinking water came in a 5-gallon bottle with a pump.
The next morning we took our gear down to the shop and it was placed in numbered mesh bags. Then, along with us, the gear was put in a van for a drive to the dive boat.
In a fortuitous bit of luck, we’d arrived on the island when the winds on the north side had been blowing from the east at 20-30 mph. Since it was too rough to dive the north shore, the Newton 36’ had been moved to the sheltered west side of the island. For our first 3 dive days we rode over to the Frederiksted pier to meet the boat.
The first dive was the Shallow Wrecks at Butler Bay, consisting of a sunken island freighter, a barge, an access pipe from an underwater habitat, and finally the tugboat Northwind, slightly famous for its appearance in “Dreams of Gold”, the Mel Fisher bio pic. It was a good first dive though a bit ambitious considering the amount of area covered. We saw a hawksbill turtle and an assortment of tropicals.
The second dive was the deservedly famous Frederiksted Pier. We were dropped at the seaward end of the pier and worked our way to the docked Ibis, our dive boat. We were also informed that if we somehow got lost on this dive they would gladly cut up our c-cards. During ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By SwampDiverin , at Nov 10, 2015 12:35 EST  
Excellent report - thanks
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