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Dive Review of Cane Bay Dive Shop/Cottages at Cane Bay in
Virgin Islands

Cane Bay Dive Shop/Cottages at Cane Bay : "Good operation OK Diving", Nov, 2015,

by David Smith, MI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8734.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The dive shop and staff are laid back to the point of occasional disorganization but it is a solid operation with knowledgeable and helpful people. There appeared to be an abundant supply of good quality rental gear and a good retail selection. The gear irritant was that bad O rings seemed to be a persistent issue. They no longer have any of the inflatable boats and all of the boat diving is done with the 36 Newton.

We stayed at the onsite cottages at Cane Bay. The superior cottage we stayed in was very nice, with satellite TV, Wi-Fi and a full kitchen. The superior cottage was nice but some of the standard cottages are literally remodeled slave quarters and need an upgrade. Eat@canebay is no longer operating but food and drink can be found a short walk down the beach.

We were on a seven day package with 2 tank a day boat dives and unlimited tanks for shore diving. Upgrading to Nitrox was another $100 for the week. On the boat dives a front and rear guide were in the water but it was more for directional purposes than pointing out underwater items of interest.

The shore diving across the street from the shop was good and worth the swim out. There was a very nice variety of fish, turtles, corals and sponges. From the beach you can get to the wall or to coral gardens so let the staff know what kind of dive you want so they can point you toward the correct buoys.

While we were there north side (Cane Bay and Salt River Canyon) dives were hampered by storm related bad visibility. The west side dive sites had better visibility and more variety and density of smaller fish. On most dives we saw sharks, rays and turtles.

Frederiksted Pier was an excellent site for diving, snorkeling and night diving. It is a phenomenal macro dive site both under the new pier and on the debris from the old pier. We snorkeled it on our own and had excellent guided dives with Cane Bay guides during a day dive and night dive. The bio-diversity and photo opportunities were abundant with guarantees of sea horses and octopus.

Websites Cane Bay Dive Shop   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Florida, New England, Great Lakes
Closest Airport Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Getting There direct flight from Miami

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very loosely enforced restriction of back on board with 500 PSI.
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 N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments On boat separate bucket for cameras and limited table space. No real facilities at the shop.
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