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Dive Review of St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures/Cruise ship in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures/Cruise ship: "We will go back for more!", Dec, 2014,

by Hugh E Aaron, VA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 8135.

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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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments In St, Croix for one day, diving off a cruise ship, we arranged to dive the wall with St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures (SCUBA). Everything about the operation was superb.
When making reservations, they were lightening fast in responding and helped us figure out the best and cheapest transportation from the cruise terminal to Christiansted. Captain Ed sent us all of the paperwork to fill out in advance, so when we arrived at the shop, we had only to show our C-cards, turn in our papers and pay before heading out on the boat. They would not permit us to carry or set up our gear (well, they might have if we insisted). They said we were on vacation and they wanted to do it for us.
We had the luck of arriving on tech diving day. Not being tech divers, we wondered how it would go, as we watched a group load up tanks and tanks of various gasses and the associated tech gear. The answer was it went great. Capt. Ed took us to an awesome spot while the tech guys readied their gear. Then during our interval, Capt. Ed dropped the tech divers in to do their deep thing while we positioned for our second dive. All of the divers surfaced at about the same time!
The captain”s briefing covered all of the safety gear and boat details. Dunks tanks for cameras and mask rinsing were provided. There was a shower for those who wished as well. Fresh water was plentiful and divers were met with a big cup of icewater immediately after the dive. Fresh fruit was served during the surface interval. Beers were on tap after the final dive. The dive master was attentive and led an excellent dive.
The wall off Christiansted provided excellent diving. Lots of variety of reef fish to one side and a back drop of deep blue below and behind. We decided this island is worthy of a longer stay next time. And we would definitely dive with SCUBA again. They provided an excellent experience from start to finish!
Websites St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving USVI, Bahamas, Florida, Bonaire, Hawaii, Santa Catalina, Grand Cayman,
Little Cayman, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel, Nevis, St Kitts, Saba, BVI,
Barbados, St. Maarten, Virginia, North Carolina
Closest Airport not sure Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 85-100 Ft/ 26-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We dove as a group, but were given much leeway to dive our computers. After returning to the area where the boat was - we could explore on our own til our air was gone.
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments We were not taking pictures, but were warned away from dunking anything in the camera bucket which generally is a good sign for the photographers. The photographers on board seemed quite happy.
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