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Dive Review of Patagon Dive Center/Private villa rental through VRBO in
Virgin Islands/St. John

Patagon Dive Center/Private villa rental through VRBO: "Good Operator for decent diving in St. John", Feb, 2015,

by Tari Hanneman, MD, US ( 1 report). Report 8279.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Chuuck, Indonesia, Turks & Caicos, Curacao, Bonaire, Roatan, Belize, Hawaii, North Carolina, California, Florida
Closest Airport St. Thomas (STT) Getting There DC to Philly to St. Thomas, then ferry to St. John.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Had to dive with divemaster. Dives in 40-60 ft. range. 45-50 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Small boat so no rinse tank or table on board. They wrapped up our GoPro and tucked it away under the flybridge and were helpful with it. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments We were looking for a place where we could go for a quick, relatively inexpensive winter vacation with some diving attached and we needed to use a USAIR certificate so we had somewhat limited options. We decided to check out St. John despite it not really being known as a dive destination. We had a very hard time finding reviews for the dive operators that we felt we could trust (lots of folks from cruise ships and/or newbies) - which is why I feel compelled to write this report. The reviews we did find were all pretty uniform in indicating that the dives tended to be limited to 45 min ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By JoLee Fordin WA, US at Nov 02, 2015 14:20 EST  
Thanks for sharing the video: I really enjoyed your report and pic!
By Michael J Kalpiersin MN, US at Nov 25, 2015 10:49 EST  
This is helpful for us as we will be visiting St. John Feb 2016.
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