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Underwater Safaris

3 Star Rating  from 3 reviews

Located at Water World Outfitters in the Havensite Shopping Mall right next to the Cruise Ship Dock. Operating since 1985, Underwater Safaris is a PADI Gold Palm Instructor development Center Resort Facility with a record for safety unequaled by any other organization. The dive boats are U.S. Coast Guard inspected driven by a licensed captain, and all instructors are PADI-trained with years of experience leading both certified and non-certified divers.

underwater-safarisFor Divers with less experience we have sites ranging from depths of 35' to 55' that offer very relaxed diving with little or no surge or current and outstanding visibility.  More advanced divers would enjoy the challenge of the Kennedy and the Miss Opportunity.  Certified PADI Divemasters and Instructors accompany all divers  throughout the dive tour giving informative pre-dive briefings. They also point out unique marine life and any hazards along the way, greatly enhancing the overall educational value, safety and enjoyment of the dives.

Local weather conditions the day of the dive determines the best sites to dive. Normally, we do two dives in the morning; the first is a reef dive and the second is a wreck dive. The dive leaves at approx. 8:30 AM and returns at approx. 12:30 PM. Often we go to Buck Island Wildlife Refuge and dive the wreck of the Cartanza Senior. Another favorite spot is the Navy Barges, a great wreck dive with lots of intriguing marine life. All of our certified dives are guided with a maximum of 10 divers per instructor with no surge or current and great visibility!

Technical: No
Snorkelling: No
Accreditation: PADI 5 Star Dive Center
Underwater Safaris
Yacht Haven Marina
5300 Long Bay Road
Suite 2, Charlotte Amalie
St Thomas
00801
Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Telephone: (340)774-1350
Fax:(340)777-8733
Email:info@diveusvi.com
Web:www.stthomasscubadiving.com

Reviews

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13th December 2013 by viamar

A pleasant dive

4 Star Rating

Visit Date: December 2013

During a cruise, I went diving with Underwater Safaris. We had to walk only a few hundrerd of meters to get to the shop and the the boat. People told me that the boat is often crowded but, this time, it was ok (6 certified divers, 5 initiations to diving, 2 dive-masters and the captain). Calm, warm water. I would have prefer to see a more diverse aquatic fauna and a more interessting wreck but, all in all, it was a pleasant dive.

Ratings are based on 1 (Dissatisfied) to 5 (Totally Satisfied)
The staff was attentive and informative 5 Star Rating
The rental equipment was clean 0 Star Rating
My personal gear was washed and stored away 0 Star Rating
The quality of the dive trip 4 Star Rating
Attention to safety & environment 5 Star Rating
Condition of the dive boats 5 Star Rating
Dive briefing 5 Star Rating
Dive Leader 5 Star Rating
Value for money 4 Star Rating
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29th November 2010 by cdnmedic

Great Crew... Management?

3 Star Rating

Visit Date: November 2010

I was eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see the blue underworld of the waters surrounding St. Thomas, USVI. I booked my excursion through my cruise company not knowing what to expect from this operator. Now having completed the experience I have to say KUDOS to the boat crew, Excellent job!!!!

The boat crew (Blake, Russ & Capt. Jim), were very attentive and professional. Great guides with lots of local knowledge, excellent skills in guiding all levels of divers to get the most out of their time on air.

My only concern with this center was the fact that management refused to allow me to fill my spare air. As a safety conscious diver I like to ensure that I plan for a safe return to the surface. Following my request the manager addressed me in a dismissive tone advising "You don't need that, there will be lots of extra air if you need it" and promptly walked away. This interaction left me feeling less like a guest and with the feeling of "We have your money now so no more Ms. Nice Lady"

Despite the initial ripple with the manager, the boat crew made the experience very positive and I thoroughly enjoyed my day with them.

Ratings are based on 1 (Dissatisfied) to 5 (Totally Satisfied)
The staff was attentive and informative 4 Star Rating
The rental equipment was clean 3 Star Rating
My personal gear was washed and stored away 3 Star Rating
The quality of the dive trip 4 Star Rating
Attention to safety & environment 1 Star Rating
Condition of the dive boats 4 Star Rating
Dive briefing 4 Star Rating
Dive Leader 5 Star Rating
Value for money 3 Star Rating
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10th June 2009 by divediva

A real mixed bag

3 Star Rating

Visit Date: June 2009

We were in St Thomas on a cruise ship, for only half a day, so it was handy to have a dive operator right at the port. There were 14 divers in our party. We were set up with rental gear, some of which was poor, like the tiny snorkel fins that they tried to give us. I managed to get a pair of full-sized open-backed ones with boots instead. How is an adult meant to move through open sea with fins only a few inches long? The rest of the gear was in good condition. The boat was large and well-equipped, with plenty of room for tanks and people. Besides the captain, there were 2 dive leaders, who each took half the group. The dive site was about 20 mins away over rough sea, but in a sheltered, calm cove. There were already 3 other dive boats anchored there. The first dive was delayed when one of our party had problems equalizing, so the rest of us spent 5 minutes sitting on the bottom waiting. Our dive leader counted us repeatedly in the water, and there were several roll calls above, which is good. He also asked us several times underwater for an air reading, and took pains to point out interesting features, like a baby nurse shark hiding underneath a wreck. The sites were ok but not that interesting. We did 2 dives with no surface interval at all. The first one was about 35 minutes at 60 feet. Once back on the boat, we were instructed to gear up again immediately. When I queried this, the response was, 'an SI isn't necessary because we've not been deep enough'. Even if the dive tables don't require it, a few minutes topside to rest is a good idea. There were lots of snorkelers and other divers around. Everything felt very rushed. Obviously the sailing time of our ship was a factor, but we were back on shore with plenty of spare time. We overheard our dive leader saying that he was intending to qualify as a DM. Intending?? We had just assumed that the leaders were at least DMs, if not instructors, as has been the case everywhere else we have dived. This does not inspire confidence. So it was a strange mixture, of extreme safety-consciousness about some things but not others, a really nice boat but some shoddy gear, very helpful and friendly but under-qualified staff. Very convenient if you're on a cruise, but best to be prepared and manage your expectations.

Ratings are based on 1 (Dissatisfied) to 5 (Totally Satisfied)
The staff was attentive and informative 4 Star Rating
The rental equipment was clean 4 Star Rating
My personal gear was washed and stored away 0 Star Rating
The quality of the dive trip 3 Star Rating
Attention to safety & environment 4 Star Rating
Condition of the dive boats 5 Star Rating
Dive briefing 5 Star Rating
Dive Leader 4 Star Rating
Value for money 4 Star Rating
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