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Dive Review of Dive BVI/Nail Bay in
Virgin Islands/BVI- Virgin Gorda

Dive BVI/Nail Bay, Dec, 2008,

by michael rosenberg, RI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4584.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, CoCos Is.CR, Mexico, Rhode Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Looked fine- I did not use

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I have been diving the BVI for almost 20 years, and I think this was the best, especially from a Pelagic/Shark perspective. The corals took a hit a few years back when sea temps peaked at 91 degrees, now at 78, they appear to be fairly healthy, except at the snokeling sites. We saw Caribbean Reef Sharks in the 5-6 foot size on the majority of dives. In one case, they joined us in the beginning of the dive and for the last 15 minutes, making many very close passes. The larger of the two head butting the weights hanging off the stern line, but never aggressive towards us. Lots of Eagle and sting rays, and the largest Queen trigger I've seen. Plenty of Jacks, Pompano. one very big grouper and a nurse shark or two. Unusual small guys include slipper lobster, and finger print slugs. The reef fish were plentiful and did not seem overtly diminished.
Dive BVI is a great operation, and I particularly liked diving with Johann and Belinda of South Africa, and Jeff, one of the co-owners. They were as excited as their charges seeing the Sharks. Boat (Sea Monkey)is comfortalbe and spaceous, especially with 3- 5 divers !
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