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Dive Review of Dive BVI/Bareboat Charter Sailboat in
Virgin Islands/British Virgin Islands

Dive BVI/Bareboat Charter Sailboat, Jul, 2010,

by Daniel Fazekas, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5582.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Belize, Honduras, Bahamas, Hawaii, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only restricted by NO DECO limits on computer for long bottom times and by 1500 psi start back towards boat, and 1000 psi start slow ascent to 3 minute safety stop.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate camera rinse tank was a large tub filled with fresh water. Newton 36' dive boats had large central photo table. Dive masters attentive to getting cameras to and from divers at entry/exit from boat dive.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Dive BVI website had all the information needed to understand how rendezvous diving works. Email correspondence prior to the trip helped facilitate our group of 6 divers being able to dive our preferred sites. The Dive BVI equipment is better than anything I have rented in the Caribbean, and the price is right if you are spending time aboard a sailboat. Leave your gear home (except for mask and computer) and enjoy the freedom from lugging your own gear for a change. Since Dive BVI has three bases, and our charter sailboat was moving daily among the various moorings in the BVI and our plans changed, it was key for us to check in with the proper office by 5pm the day before each scheduled dive day. The Dive BVI staff was very accommodating to our changes, and made sure our gear was aboard the dive boat that was meeting us on our mooring. Even if we were land based instead of living aboard a sailboat, we would definitely dive with this operation again, they are simply the best we have experienced in our three trips to the BVI.
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