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Dive Review of www.N2Blue.com/Carambola in
Virgin Islands/St. Croix

www.N2Blue.com/Carambola, Dec, 2005,

by Larry Polstre, IN, USA . Report 2310.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Australia, Curacao, Bonaire, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm,choppy
Water Temp 79 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 120' first dive, 60 to 70' second dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Typical carribean fish, corals, and sponges...but five wrecks on the West end with plenty of growth and photo ops. The Fredrickstead pier was stunning both day or night, two seahorses made the whole trip worth while.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our 3rd trip to St. Croix and 2nd one with N2Blue dive shop. Derrick and Anna were both dive masters and boat captains so would alternate every few days with our group. The six pack boat is never crowded, Coast Guard only allows 6 divers, the captain and the dive master, so always relaxed and no cattle car divers falling all over you.

They always had fruit and bottled water for surface interval, could reach most dive sites in 5 to 15 minutes, and catered to their guests.

While the West end dive sites are protected from the winter winds, the North Shore has some of the best walls on the island. Cain Bay Wall is a favorite and both walls of the Salt River, but on this trip the seas were stirred up in Dec., so vis was really bad...best time to dive North Shore is Feb to Aug.
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