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Dive Review of Sail Carribean/Cooper Island Beach Club in
Virgin Islands/Cooper Island, BVI

Sail Carribean/Cooper Island Beach Club, Nov, 2003,

by Mark Thorne, NC, USA . Report 855.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Belize, Bonair, Grenada, Grand Turk, Bahamas, North Carolina Wrecks, Florida Keys, & Cayman Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limit to 130 feet, but they give you plenty of room to do your own thing.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat with large camera table and dedicated large rinse bucket.

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 If you like to get away from it all, while having everything you would ever need...go to Cooper Island Beach Resort and use Sail Caribbean Dive Operation. My Gypsy dive buddies and myself have been all over the Caribbean for more than 10 years and we all agreed that this was one of our top dive destinations. What made it so great? Well, it was the combination and synergy of all the components. The place exceeded our expectations at every turn. The resort, the resort staff, the food, the dive operation, the dive boat, the dive staff, and the dives were as close to perfect as anyone could ask for in the Caribbean. The place is lined with graceful palm trees and a few sail boats moored in the protected bay. There were no jet skis or tourist-type activities on or around the island which created a true 'your-in'paradise'atmosphere.

Cooper Island Beach Club is a quiet, small operation, about 10 to 12 cottages, that takes pride in keeping the place neat and functional. It became immediately obvious that customer service was a high priority. The cottages run off of generators with no A/C but we all found the ceiling fans and the island breezes made the place comfortable.

Sail Caribbean has a large 36-foot, new dive boat that was very roomy with lots of goodies like showers, a head, tank holders, easy water entry/exit, and plenty of shade. The divemaster was very accommodating to plan for dives that met our goals. The BVI dive sites are numerous and varied from reef to wreck dives. Most of the dives had minimal current. One of the highlights of the trip was the wreck of the Rhone. This 130-year-old plus wreck made for wonderful day and night dives. We saw a prehistoric monster turtle sleeping under this wreck. The dives included a wide assortment of soft corals and tropical fish. The dives were mostly relaxing and interesting.

Topside activities include eating fantastic food,sitting on the beach, swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, and taking out their 19'inflatable powerboats around the numerous islands. The restaurant serves up home cooked food that was varied and delicious. If you wish to cook for yourself, the cottages are fully furnished with a frig, stove, and all the pots and pans you could ask for.

The best thing of all is that we really felt like we had a vacation that allowed us to get away from it all while really having an enjoyable time.

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