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Dive Review of Patagon/Caneel Bay in
Virgin Islands/St. John

Patagon/Caneel Bay, May, 2014,

by Kris Kraman, NJ, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7617.

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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 N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is laid back easy diving. You are not going to see large animals but, this is good beginner diving. The reefs are healthy and colorful with short boat rides. If the season is right, you can see whales (we didn't) and the last time I was here we saw a lot of eagle rays (none this trip). Dive masters were friendly, accommodating and I never touched my gear (++++). Not much on pointing out anything unusual.

We love St. John. Around 80% of the island is a nature reserve and you can probably only hit about 30 miles an hour in a car. Lots of nice hiking trails. Very laid back island with lots of great food and good shopping. Definitely a laid back place to unplug. No chain food here.

Loved Caneel Bay. Huge 170 acre place with 7 private beaches. Lots of activities and child care included. Made it easy to use the on site dive shop. No phones or TVs in room. Again, great place to unplug.

St. John is expensive. Your are going to spend at least $30 - $40 a head for sitdown dinner (not counting liquor).
Websites Patagon   Caneel Bay

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Turks, Roatan, Beliz, Pelau, Red Sea, NJ, Caracao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 70-77°F / 21-25°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They were good about letting us dive to our level. We had a good group and were routinely allowed 60 min dives. Shallow water, max depth for the week was less than 70 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Not geared towards photography. No bucket on the boat though, they probably would accommodate serious photographers.
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