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Dive Review of Lowkey Watersports/Estate Lindholm in
Virgin Islands/St John

Lowkey Watersports/Estate Lindholm, Mar, 2007,

by George T Felt, NH, United States . Report 3252.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Curacao, Virgin Gorda, Bermuda, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 PSI or 50 minutes
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 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Crew were familiar with and accomodating to UWPs; the usual suspects were available as subjects.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Estate Lindholm is a small colony of nice little effiency rooms - not on the water, but has good views and quite comfortable for the price - a very good value with breakfast included. It is fairly convenient to the Lowkey dive shop in Cruz Bay (5 minute drive - you will need to rent a small 4WD vehicle to enjoy St John fully.) and well located for access to anything else you want to do (shop, hike, eat great food, etc.). Click estatelindholm.com for more info. "Lowkey Watersports" has a good boat with a fine crew. Briefings were short and safety oriented, roll call was done with diligence after each dive. You will walk through shallow water with your dive bag on your shoulders to board the dive boat (no dock) at 8:45AM; back by 11:30AM. Enter by giant stride off the stern. Windy conditions limited choice of dive sites; none more than 30 minutes from home. Some sites had good but typical reef fish and macro stuff. One site (Mingo) was in bad shape (dead coral dominates). Current can be an issue, but only sometimes. I went on four 2-tank trips and was treated well. Crew was flexible and accomodating to more experienced divers, but supervised and supported novice divers with due care and diligence. In all I would say that the dive operation was excellent, the dive sites were fair to good, and St John is a lovely place to pass the time if you're looking for a quiet scene with great food. (Try "The Balcony" in town, and "Asolare" (reservations a must) by Estate Lindholm - great "atmosphere" at both places)
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