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Dive Review of Juliet Sailing and Diving in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

Juliet Sailing and Diving: "Awesome Trip to St. Croix - Loved the Pier!", Mar, 2019,

by Nancy Boore, MD, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 10963 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Frogfish Coakley Wreck

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My second trip with the Juliet (first time was Bimini), and I love this boat and crew! I'm planning on diving with them on an annual basis!

Kat did an awesome job communicating prior to the trip and helping everyone get prepared several months ahead and leading up to boarding the boat. Very easy online process fo passenger registration, liability forms, and any other administrative requirements needed for the trip. She really makes sure everything is stress free and easy!

Flew with Jet Blue to San Juan and had to transfer to Cape Air - San Juan is a small airport, but busy. Landed in terminal A, and had to walk the whole length of the airport to get to the terminal where Cape Air was. Lots of construction going on at that end. Cape Air plane was a small puddle jumper, smooth flight (about 45min) to Henry Rohlsen airport on St. Croix. Luggage was stored in the wings and nose of the aircraft, and we were seated strategically to ensure proper weight distribution. The flight back to Reagan was not as uneventful - at San Juan there was initially a 3hr delay, apparently the aircraft we were supposed to fly on was stuck stateside due to maintenance issues. Poor communication from Jet Blue while we waited, and the delay continued to grow. We finally flew out, but not after sitting on the tarmac for more than an hour, again poor communication from Jet Blue, but the aircraft we were in also had some maintenance issues that they were working on while we were on the aircraft at the gate. First time flying Jet Blue, not sure I'll fly them again.

Got to St. Croix a day ahead of the start of the trip, stayed at Cottages by the Sea, loved it!! I had a nice little bungalow close to the water, the room was clean, cozy, and the staff were friendly and very helpful! They had bikes available if you wanted to ride in to town, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, and tons of other things (games, books, etc.) for people to use. I stayed in the Crew Room, perfect for 1-2 people, had a small porch w/table and chairs out font, small fridge, coffee maker, safe, microwave, glasses/dishes/utensils, toaster, hair dryer, 4-poster bed, small table w/2 chairs, very cozy! The beach is a short walk, and there are lots of beach chairs around the property to chill out in, as well as 2 resident cats (Coco and Jenny) lounging and available for some snuggles. Lindy (one of the owners) was very welcoming, showed me around and made me feel at home. They also had a washer for clothes. The Beachside Café was right next door, great food and service.

I boarded the Juliet the next day, had cabin 5 to myself, and got settled in. The awesome crew welcomed us aboard - Captain Nate, owner Liza, cook Eric, engineer Jimmy, and marine biologist Brittany. We got in an afternoon dive and a night dive on Friday, and then motored out Saturday for some more awesome diving. We dove the pier a total of 6 time over the course of the week, and each time there was tons to see, lots of big and little critters, plenty of turtles, Atlantic Sting Rays, frogfish, octopuses, peacock flounders, and so much more! As Liza put it, the fish at the pier seem to be on steroids - they're bigger, and there's tons of them! I could have dived the pier over and over, so much to see.

Had a total of 21 dives, my favorites: Cane Bay Wall, Diver's Delight, North Star, King's Reef.

Diving on the Juliet is relaxed, no-stress, and the crew treat you like family. The cabins are comfortable with plenty of storage space, the food is out of this world, and the crew is absolutely top-notch! Eric did a phenomenal job at preparing some absolutely fabulous dishes, and accommodated all dietary requirements with creativity and flair.

And, I can't forget to mention the resident boat cat....Rico! He made sure everything was running smoothly, inspected our rooms, and made sure to escort us to meals.

This is a fantastic boat and crew that I will continue to sail with!!
Websites Juliet Sailing and Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Pompano, Bahamas, Cozumel.
Closest Airport Henry E. Rohlsen, St. Croix Getting There Flew with Jet Blue from Reagan National to San Juan, then Cape Air from San Juan to St. Croix

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 77-79°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay within no deco limits, dive within your training limits, otherwise we were free to dive as long as we wanted, no restrictions on dive time.
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 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Big table on top deck could be used for camera setup, rinse buckets for cameras.
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Subscriber's Comments

By report author: Nancy Boore in MD, US at Jun 17, 2019 14:03 EST  
Just wanted to make a correction to my report - the trip was from 1-7 March 2019.
By Dave Eagleray in Ubud, ID at Jun 17, 2019 19:52 EST  
I updated the date for you. Dave Eagleray, webmaster
By report author: Nancy Boore in MD, US at Jun 17, 2019 21:04 EST  
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