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Dive Review of Red Hook Dive Center/Private Villa in
Virgin Islands/St JohnSt Thomas

Red Hook Dive Center/Private Villa: "Easy, Peasey", Jul, 2020,

by Donald A Ricetti, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 11725.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments It is a bit of an effort to get here from St John, requires ferry rides to/from and a short 10 minute walk but well worth the effort. Staff is friendly and Don, one of the owners has greeted me by name every time since the first dive. Dive site are varied, as opposed to operators on St John. Boat is clean and not over crowded. Max is 8 divers plus 2 dive masters and the driver. Boat (Fools Gold) has current inspections and carries all a=safety gear including O2. At the time masks were required until boat unties and then are optional.
Websites Red Hook Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Hawaii, FL Keys
Closest Airport St TZhomas Getting There Connect to the airport in St Thomas, then taxi to choice of Ferry to St John

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay near group, surface with 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No dedicated photo storage, single water bucket to acclimate cameras, not shared with masks. Will hand camera up/down as needed. Corals are typical of the area and not a good as in the past, including lots of damage from back to back hurricanes. Some areas are great to shoot large schools while many opportunities to closeup shots.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Patricia Trull in TX, US at Jan 25, 2022 12:59 EST  
I found Red Hook to be VERY restrictive. 50ft depth w 40/45 min intervals and on 1 dive it was a 30 min dive. Always came up with half a tank or more and forget it if you want to take pics cause the group leader won't wait.
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