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Dive Review of Cuan Law in
Virgin Islands/British

Cuan Law: "Cuan Law", Nov, 2014,

by Jeffrey D Hubbard MD, NY, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 8018.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Cuan Law is a huge trimaran with 10 spacious (2 twin beds or 1 double) cabins with A/C & private heads, and a large, comfortable saloon. The large top deck is for sun- or star-worshippers. Crew of 7 on our charter; 19 pax, nearly all divers. Chef Erin is creative and efficient, meals and snacks alike.
The open but covered dining deck is the dive deck. For dives, suit up then line up for the single gearing up station to get your tank with BC. We did 15 dives in just under 5 days, 7 dives from Cuan Law and 8 from tenders, which are good-size RIBs with good boarding ladders. Diving from the mother ship is excellent. There are 2 dive guides/instructors, but one was teaching an open water course, so half the divers often had no guide (“buddy dive” as distinguished from “guided dive”) after the good briefing. Buddy & I didn’t mind, but not every diver wants to find his own way. Other crew don’t dive. Heavy currents and poor vis can cause divers to separate. Occasional long swims to the tender for pick-up are tiring.
The single gear station makes every dive take over a half hour to get going, most of which is spent in line waiting for the tank or for those after you to get theirs. Even two gearing stations would cut the time in half. Waiting on the tenders and riding to the dives means more sun exposure. The small deck where the tanks are stored & filled is crowded and generally out of reach of divers, so short fills and no-fills happen, further delaying the dives. Two fresh-water deck sprayers are nice for rinse off. No special arrangements for cameras, but crew seem very careful. Most of the trip is within the Drake Channel, which is well protected from the open sea.
Conversion of dive deck to dining is really slick. Little cubbies for dive gear have covers which makes them dining chairs. Breakfast & lunch are buffet; dinner is served.
Dive sites are good, and of course the Rhone (two dives) is the best of any British Virgin Islands trip. The crew are all helpful, though more dive guides or instructors would be welcome. Kayaks, Hobie Cats and snorkeling are available. Cuan Law is a lovely ship with an attentive crew, but it’s less dive-friendly than many live-aboards. Think of this as a nice cruise with some diving and you’ll have a great time.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawai'i, Fiji, PNG, Australia, Brazil, Micronesia, Bahamas, Central America
Closest Airport Beef I. [EIS] Getting There Fly to STT, water taxi

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-30 Ft/ 5-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on boat with 500 psi. No deco. (Requested, not enforced.)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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