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

Cane Bay Divers/Cane Bay Reef Club, Jun, 2002,

by James McMeisn, WA, USA . Report 65.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Cane Bay Reef Club is a quaint small facility with a medium sized swimming pool. A/C in most of the rooms and rooms are large with cable TV's, refrigerator and full cooking facilities. On our arrival the owner took us to a local supermarket and we stocked up on food for the week as well as drinks. Restaurant on site serves good food and has several special nights, one is lobster night for under $20 and one night is Mexican night where you have a buffet that all you can eat for under $8. Cane Bay dive shops is about a 15min walk from the hotel. Dive boat is a 10' inflatable, max 4 divers, diveguide & boat captian. Entry is accomplished by unzipping the deck in the bow, sitting with legs through the hole, they put your bc on and then you do a forward roll under the boat. Looks strange but it works great. Since most of the dive sites are within 10-15mins you don't spend to much time on it. Of course you go back in between dives to get fresh tanks. 3 boat dives a day plus they have shore diving ($5 a tank) and it is about a 300 yard swim out to the reef but well worth it. One complaint, on one dive we initially planned to drift and diveguide was going to drag a float along, after arrival at the site, diveguide checked the water said there was a current going in the direction of the dive so had the boat go to next mooring to await us instead of following us plus he didn't take the float. Of course half way through the dive a strong current came up in the opposite direction! Two divers got very low on air and by the time my wife and I were getting low the diveguide was so far ahead we couldn't get his attention. We gathered up on of the other divers how was down to 300 and did our safety stop and then went to surface, of course the boat was several hundered yards from us. Later I asked the diveguide why he hadn't stopped the dive after runing into the current and the fact that he'd actually started swimming faster agains the current. His response "I wanted to get to where the boat was anchored becuase I knew you would be getting low on air, so I figured if we went faster, we'd get there quicker!" Other then that the diving was very good here and corals are very healthy with lots of small critters. On our last dive before leaving, my wife and I were diving in 60' of water when a 4.0 earthquake hit on St. Thomas across the water from us. An unusal experiance.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 3 minute safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Due to the size of the dive boat -10', uses a cooler for storage of camera gear but since boat is limited to 4 divers, not a problem.
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