Monday, February 16, 2015

Dives 250 And 251 In The Warm Waters Of The USVI


Dives 250 and 251 took place on February 10 in the beautiful, warm, blue waters of St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands.

Right after the Disney Fantasy had docked and lowered the gangway, I was off to find a taxi to take me to the Coki Dive Center for the dive.

The drive introduced me to an oddity about this US territory.  Even though the vehicles have left-hand drive just as at home, they drive on the left side of the road British-style (and formerly Dutch-style whence their tradition came) which caused me quite a start initially.  This was especially so as all road signs and road markings look like you're on the US mainland but you're driving the wrong way.

In any case I made it to the shop, got onto the boat with five fellow divers from various locales, and we were on our way.

No wetsuit was needed, as the water temp was a blissful 81 degrees.



Dive 250 was at Vetti Bay. Max Depth 46 feet for dive time of 45 minutes.

The highlight of dive 250 was a turtle that swam by:


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There was also the wreck of a small trawler.


The dive was in 81 degree water, and there was a fun medium-speed current that made much of it a drift dive where you just let the current carry you along.

Dive 251 took place at Spring Bay and was to a max of 55 feet for a 46 minute run time.

This dive featured fish, corals, and spiny lobster.




The dives were operated by Coki Dive Center in St. Thomas and they run a great dive op - on time, safe, and fun with a boat captain and dive master that was very on the ball both in keeping track of all six divers and finding marine life for us to look at and enjoy.

So if you're looking for a first-class dive operation in the US Virgin islands, Coki Dive Center is highly recommended.

Fantastic, warm and easy dives.

5 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

Nice! I had never done such a thing before Costa Rica. We saw minimal stuff - just a few colorful fish - but just learning to manuver with flippers and snorkle in lovely water was worth it.

ProudHillbilly said...

Nice! I had never done such a thing before Costa Rica. We saw minimal stuff - just a few colorful fish - but just learning to manuver with flippers and snorkle in lovely water was worth it.

Aaron said...

Thanks! It was a lot of fun with a good bunch of people.

Old NFO said...

Glad you had some fun down there!

B said...

Did they end the dives or did you hoover all the air? Seems short times for the depths.