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Dive Review of Windjammer in
Virgin Islands/British

Windjammer, Aug, 2006,

by Dr. John L. Banks, Jr., Texas, USA . Report 2725.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Turks &Caicos, Caymans, Palau, Galapagos, Sea of Cortez, Tahiti, Belize, Bay Islands, St Martin, St Kitts, Statia, Saba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Follow dive masters.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments This ship was the Windjammer Mandalay. Itinery was British Virgin Islands. The Windjammer boats advertize in the dive magazines and ther have been articles in Sport Diving (the PADI publication). This ship carries 72 guest and is more of a cruise ship. I was assured that the vessel had an onboard dive operation and dive instructors of exceptional quality. However, upon boarding we were told the they no longer had dive instructors because of problems with work permits in BVI. I was told that we could still dive with local dive operations. I had hoped for 5 days of 2 tank diving at a cost of $80, instead I got 2 days of 2 tank diving with a cost of $110 per day. The dive operations were marginal at best and treated everyone as if they were doing one a favor just by allowing you to see their islands. This is a very nice boat and wonderful crew for a different kind of cruise where you get to work with the crew on a sailing vessel. But as a dive operation it is close to a total failure. I have done 15 liveaboards and many more land operations and these dive masters were without doubt the very worst. In fact this is the only time I can remember not tipping the dive masters.
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