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Dive Review of Dive Experience/Sugar Beach Condos in
Virgin Islands/St Croix

Dive Experience/Sugar Beach Condos, Feb, 2006,

by Tracey, md, USA . Report 2833.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Although February is a popular time to visit the Caribbean, the water is often choppy and the vis isn't as clear as the summer. This year we were lucky, as although there was some wind, it wasn't keeping me off of the dive boat.

The shore diving at Cane Bay is phenomenal. A short swim out to the buoy, then drop down. Follow the wall to your left, turn around and come back. The hardest part is you need to return through the break in the shallow reef, and it is easy to come up down current. And then it is a hard swim back.

The boat dives are also nice, Salt River east and west walls are completely different and offer you a nice change. Diving in Cozumel is relatively easy if the winds are down. Dive Experience will lead you on all dives, catering for the experience level. And it there are advanced and beginner divers, they will have DMs for each group.

The corals in the area have a lot of bleaching, but this seems to be true at many other caribbean locations. The fish here are a bit smaller than say, Cozumel, but there are plenty of good variety. Lots of spotted and green moray eels. Some southern sting rays and nurse sharks.

Dive Experience also offers an afternoon fish feed at The Barge (a sunken sand barge) using chain mail gloves, the DMs feed the locals - yellowtail snapper, triggerfish, creole wrasse, chomis, and a few very large green morays. This is also a great site at night, where we say dozens of large caribbean lobster and some sizable crabs too!

Sugar Beach Condos are fully furnished - 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, family room, and a nice porch overlooking the beach. There is a swimming pool on site for those with non-diving families. The beach is weedy, but there are some who swim there.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving various Caribbean islands, Cozumel, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-90 Ft/ 21-27 M

Dive Policy

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

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 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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 Available
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