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August 8, 2007 5:13 pm  

Hi Everyone,

Aussie posed a good question on my Scuba Diving post so I thought I would start a new topic.

What are some favorite dive sites here on the islands and who did you go diving with? (company)

Thanks!
Jen


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August 8, 2007 5:15 pm  

This might be better moved to the "Community" section....


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August 8, 2007 6:28 pm  

I don't know what dive company is the best. My friend down there has a boat so i go with him or from shore. Lately the south east reef is my favorite on STX. It is very long you could not dive it all in a week. North shore is very good to might be better but I have done that dive allot more. Always looking for some were new with lots of lobster any other spots anyone? I do go to the dive shop by frederiksted for air, so I would use them if i wanted to pay for more then beer and gas.


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August 9, 2007 12:57 am  

I think the peir and wrecks on the West end of STX. N2 the Blue is IMHO the best people to dive with.


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August 9, 2007 1:47 am  

Thats it N2 the blue, thats what I thought.


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aussie
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August 9, 2007 2:57 am  

I'd love to get a peek at the wall on STX. Hopefully soon.

Any specific dive sites off STT? I've been on dives to "Squidville" off Grass Cay, Cow Rock, Stragglers off St James, the Ledges of Little St James, and the wreck of the Rhone. I''ll gladly share what I know about these sites. Where's the clear water this time of year?


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August 9, 2007 1:21 pm  

One of my dives we went on when I was getting certified was to Flat Cay and Easy Key on STT sort of near the west end. We saw a nurse shark, several types of sponge, and of course tons of fish.

Another dive we did was a shore dive at Brewer's. Saw a Nassau Grouper and shrimp. When we were going back toward shallow water, we got caught in a "bait ball" where a HUGE school of fish (I think maybe palagic fish which are little silver ones) were swimming all around us darting back and forth. We couldn't get away from them. It was amazing, like being surrounded by shooting stars.

My roommie went to Australia for 3 weeks last week and is diving the Great Barrier Reef! Anyways, if anyone is interested in doing some regular diving on STT, get in touch with me! I'm hooked!


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August 9, 2007 8:40 pm  

I've got some photos that I took while diving on STX. Some are pretty good. Some are not. I've only had the camera since Christmas, so I'm still learning. Go to http://picasaweb.google.com/ric4021. I try to dive about every weekend or so. I haven't been to the wall in a while.

Ric


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aussie
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August 9, 2007 9:01 pm  

Good job, Ric. You have some nice photos in there. Gotta get my face back in the water....


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August 9, 2007 11:56 pm  

Those look good.
It says to report inappropriate material.m I think it is highly inappropriate to see those photos when I am stuck here in the desert. LOL
Actually Annie and I leave tomorrow for the South Pacific for 10 days on Bora Bora.


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August 10, 2007 12:09 pm  

Ohhhh, Bora Bora. Lucky you!


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Alexandra
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August 10, 2007 2:43 pm  

There have been lots of nurse sharks around lately when diving off STX. I had rarely seen them in the past but have seen at least 15 since mid-May. More sting rays seem to be around, also. I do what I can to deplete that pesky lobster population, one lobster at a time. lol

Even the dive sites that don't have amazing reefs often have some cool fish to see. I like the rock piles that provide caves for the shy critters to hang out in. Porcupine fish are fun to follow.


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August 10, 2007 5:18 pm  

It will be our 40th wedding anniversary. so we decided to go there to renew our vows in a Polynesian ceremony on the beach.


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Alexandra
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August 10, 2007 8:23 pm  

now now Terry! You'll never have us believing that Annie is old enough for a 40th anniversary. You maybe, but not her. Surely you meant 20th. 😉


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aussie
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August 14, 2007 10:49 pm  

Greetings all

I'm still hoping that folks will post their favorite dive sites. Does anyone dive French Cap?

I went on a 2-tank dive with Coki Beach Dive Club this morning. Had to get my face wet before all the weather comes in. 🙂 All the folks at Coki were first-rate. I recommend diving with them. It's a small boat with no head. It's tougher to get in and out of than Chris Sawyer's boat but a small boat means a small group of divers and that's nice.

The first dive was at the Mounds of Grassy Cay. Seas were flat and visibility wasn't bad at all. It's a sandy bottom with coral mounds and our maximum depth was 62'. Nice.

The second dive was at Tunnels and Arches off Thatch Cay and it was AWESOME! The structure is canyons, pinnacles and swim-throughs. Soft corals everywhere. At one point, we were just standing on the bottom in a canyon (on rocks not coral) looking up. Bait went from surface to bottom (sardines I was told) in swirling masses - millions of them. I've never seen anything like it. Large 'cudas - maybe as large as 4' were feeding on the bait. Large tarpon (again maybe 4') were just lazily swimming about. This was by far the best dive I've had yet! Very cool!

Tell me about your favorite spot!


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