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Dive Review of Cruz Bay Watersports/Westin in
Virgin Islands/St. John

Cruz Bay Watersports/Westin: "Cruz Bay Watersports", Aug, 2015,

by Donald A Ricetti, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8404.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Did a single 2 tank dive with this operator due to the other local shop not able to assure different locations. Have dove the same sites 2 years in a row. Only problem with Cruz Bay Watersports is that their office is down town while the dives leave from the Westin which is about 10 minutes away at local speeds. Once on the Westin properties it is a long walk from the drop off point to the on-site dive shop to check in. You then have to schlep your gear about 150 yards down the beach to where you catch the dinghy out to the boat.(They were in process of installing a dock at the time but it was not usable). Diving itself was ok, only 3 divers plus DM & boat driver. Location was only about 3 minutes from the resort so boat ride was short. Both locations were interesting and was nice to see a large lionfish up close, after Dm speared it!! Relaxed easy diving, nothing exciting but was different from where I have been taken the last 2 years. If could arrange a pickup in town instead of the Westin they would be more convenient as now they seem to cater more to the guests of the resort than outside divers.
Websites Cruz Bay Watersports   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Hawaii, FL Keys
Closest Airport St Thomas Getting There Flight to St Thomas, Taxi to Red Hook, Ferry to St John

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay near DM but you could go deeper if you wanted. Once back to anchor free to explore area, just surface with 500psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No separate rinse tank for photo equipment.
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