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Dive Review of Cruz Bay Watersports Co. and Dive Boats Inc./Westin in
Virgin Islands/West Congo

Cruz Bay Watersports Co. and Dive Boats Inc./Westin, Aug, 2004,

by Gary, NJ, USA . Report 1862.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Turks & Caicos; Pompano Beach, FL; Cozumel; Cabo San Lucas; Key West, FL; Nassau; Purto Ventorus, MX
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divers were asked to notify the dive master when they reached 1,500 PSI and were to be at the specified location for a 15-feet 5-minute safety stop with 750 PSI so when exiting the water the tank was no lower than 500 PSI.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The dive boat Sea Quest was well laid out for about 15 to twenty divers. It has all the safety gear on board. A warm fresh water shower is located in the stern and a 3-tier table is also in the stern for weights, flippers, masks in that order from the floor up. There is no photo station on the boat. Inside the boat there are dry shelves for the divers to store their gear during the dive. The Sea Quest is also equipped with a working head and a fresh water dunk tank for the gear. The crew provides cold water for the guests. Captain Charlie and Dive Master Trevor were competent and knew the islands and dive sites including what fish, creatures, and landmarks would be of interest. Prior to entering the water Trevor reviewed the basic hand signs and gave a detailed description of the dive site and things to look and look out for during the dive.

Before diving at night with Cruz Bay Water Sports you first have to dive at least once during the day allowing the dive master to access your skills. I was surprised that the PADI 5-Star dive shop had this restriction in light of my 71 logged dives including night dives and recent PADI Rescue certification and logged dives. I attempted to negotiate a better price for the 1-tank afternoon trip with snorkels, divers, and swimmers, to include the night dive but was unsuccessful. The 1-tank afternoon trip is $74 and the night dive was around the same price. I reasoned that a 2-tank morning trip was $86 and I really only wanted the night dive. Wishful thinking I suppose. I missed the night dive since the afternoon trip already left and instead booked a 2-tank morning dive later in the week. Water clarity was very good with 50 ft around the mooring buoy to about 80 or 100 ft during the dive. Dives ranged from about 60 ft to 100 ft for the fist dive and about 40 ft to 60 ft for the second dive. Water temperature at the bottom was 84 F and 86 F. The reefs were abundant with small tropical fish, blue tangs, French grunts, Lettuce Sea Slugs, octopus, spiny lobster, small fans and barrel sponges. There were also brain corals from several inches to several feet in diameter.

I didnt stay at the Westin where the dive shop and dock are located but the snack bar and pool were nice to come back to. The staff was professional and very safety minded. Cruz Bay Water Sports operates US Coast Guard approved vessels and performed several head counts prior to leaving the dive site and moving to the next.

This was my first trip to the Virgin Islands and the diving was much better than my recent dives in Florida due to poor visibility. Beach diving is possible at many locations around St. John and tank rentals are $6. During my next visit I plan on taking a diving friend along to make use of the beach diving.
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