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Dive Review of Peter Island Divers / Paradise Watersports/Peter Island Resort in
Virgin Islands/Peter Island

Peter Island Divers / Paradise Watersports/Peter Island Resort, Apr, 2005,

by Jeremy, GA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 1670.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Peter Island is an amazing island. It is a large island with 1 resort and 1 dive operation. Both the resort and the dive shop are first class operations. You bring your gear to the dive shop on the first day and that is the last time you touch it - they'll set you up, rinse your gear and hang it up to dry each day. They assist you in and out of the water at each site and dive with you to offer a guided tour (not required). If you are a u/w photographer, they are REEF field station and are very happy to help you locate those hard to find fish or critters.

The diving was excellent; however, several dive sites had fairly strong currents and surge. This isn't the place for wall diving, but given the islands proximity to the Atlantic ocean, you see a lot of turtles, some sharks and lots of schools of fish. Peter Island divers will run a dive with as few as 1 diver and up to 8 divers. I dove for a week with no more than 5 divers on the boat and most days only 3. Dive staff is first class. They offer detailed briefings at eash site and often times draw a site map. They encourage divers to use computers and have several to rent. In addition, they have the latest Scubapro equipment to rent (if you need it or want to try some new gear). They also have u/w digital cameras to try.

The resort is fantastic. The rooms are amazing - large beds, closets, bathrooms. No TV in the room, but there is one on the island for those who cannot go a week without connecting to the real world. There is also a business center with a high-speed internet connection. There are 2 restaurants - a formal one and a casual one. A first class spa was added about 6 months ago - highly recommend trying at least one treatment to use the plunge pool and hot tub. The resort has several beaches from a completely isolated White Bay to the popular, but not crowded, Deadman's Beach. This is the place to go if you want first class accommodations and diving, afternoons in a hammock, spa treatments for the non-diver and don't mind being a little disconnected (Blackberry's still work on the island).

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Vincent, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, New Providence Bahamas, Freeport Bahamas, FL Keys, North Carolina
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-85 Ft/ 15-26 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None - Divers were free to dive their own profile. Divemaster was in the water if anyone wanted a guided tour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 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 4 stars
UW Photo Comments No setup on the boat, but dive staff was very sensitive to divers with cameras. There was a separate rinse bucket. Photographers were allowed into water first and we handed cameras and could pass them back easily at end of the dive. Boat usually has less than 6 divers leaving plenty of space for cameras, but no specific setup area.
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