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Dive Review of S.C.U.B.A./Rental Villa-View Galore in
Virgin Islands/St Croix/Christiansted

S.C.U.B.A./Rental Villa-View Galore, Jul, 2004,

by Rob Schmitt, NJ, USA . Report 1193.

No photos available at this time

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 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments St. Croix Underwater Bluewater Adventures (SCUBA) was a friendly operation with a 38 foot well maintained boat leaving right off the boardwalk in Christiansted. On our first 2 dives my sons and I had the boat to ourselves as there were few other people on the island in late July/early August. Staff was very helpful & as we are pretty new divers we stayed with the divemasters who showed us much interesting marine life including several turtles, southern sting rays, spotted eagle rays, cleaner shrimp, giant barrel sponges, and achools of angelfish. Other more experienced divers went their own way with no problems. They also had a videographer along who made a great DVD of our dives. This was an excellent way to show my non-diving wife what we do underwater for onmly $40.I would reccomend this dive operation completely. About the island- The beaches are weak compared to nearby St Thomas & St John. They are rocky & have many urchins. The best beach is on Buck Island-a 45 minute boat ride. Best place to eat- Bacchus- especially good if you enjoy fine wines, great food, and where else can you have your desserts brought to you in the billiards room (a purple and black table with posters of Mariln Monroe) whole place is air conditioned too. City- There are poor people/beggars around, but no one bothered us. Plenty of places to shop. Worthwhile trip- to Cruzan Rum factory. Costs $4 and you can taste/drink all the rum and rum mixed drinks you want (bring a Desig. driver if you do-they drive on the left in St Croix).

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Key West,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster had a recommended profile on each dive, but you could go your own way if you wanted.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat had a rinse for cameras, and the staff were patient with handing up cameras before & after dives.
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