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Dive Review of Dive Experience/Colony Cove Beach Resort in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

Dive Experience/Colony Cove Beach Resort, Mar, 2008,

by Ken Davis, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3974.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Bahamas, Cozumel, Bora Bora, Maui, Jamaica,
Bermuda, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 77 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None mentioned, but for the most part we dove as a group. More experience divers were allowed to go their own way.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 3 days, 6 dives with my recently certified son. It was his second trip since certification, so we weren't looking for anything too challenging. First day we did West Wall and Stingraysted, and although the topography of the wall was nice, and the stingrays were as advertised, I was wondering where the fish were. Well, days 2 and 3 more than made up for it. No sharks or big pelagics, but lots of nice reef fish,an eagle ray, a few turtles, varied soft coral and on our last dive a huge green moray in a sand patch on the reef looking like Jabba the Hut.

Dive Experience, in Christiansted, was a nice outfit, with good friendly divemasters (mostly Craig) who were good an pointing out critters, and were patient with my son's equalizing problems. The boat was comfortable enough for the 4 to 10 divers, but no head. Fills were 3000 psi with tanks that had 4 lbs of wt. built in, so carry less lead on your belt. Water, oranges and sucking candy provided. Pickup from hotel was provided but no return trip, so we followed owner Michelle Pugh on the first day and drove ourselves thereafter. Night diving was available but I passed.

Colony Cove Beach resort is basically a condo complex. All units are 2 bedroom apartments with full kitchen, so good for families who don't want to spend a fortune on breakfast. We had roaches the first day but they were promptly dispatched by the exterminator. Small pool and unappealing beach.

St.Croix is generally funky and more laid-back than other high octane islands like Aruba, with smaller hotels. Restaurants were generally excellent and reasonably priced (at least to this NY/NJ area resident).
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