View Full Version : Warm water diving BVI/USVI Share the cost
01-27-2008, 12:51 PM
How about You California guys and gals? Isn't the water cold there this time of year? I checked flights thru orbitz and They were less than $700 from San Diego. The water in the BVI will be in the 80s. How about a week of warm weather diving for under $2000.
All expenses on the boat $800
(fuel, food, ice, drinks, water,moorings etc)
Dive rental gear $150
(tanks 35/wk, fills, $5-$8, weights)
Misc. Less than $300 depends on what you spend on shore
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02-06-2008, 09:16 PM
Last Chance! Need some more shooters. We still have room for a couple more on this trip. We have change the dates to Wednesday February 20th to Wednesday February 27th. Fly into tortola only. We will be doing 3 dives a day mostly in the USVI so we can spearfish. Will try to get some blue water diving in also. Should be a great time. Water temps in the 80s. Call soon!
02-28-2008, 07:43 PM
thanks Dan for fun trip AWESOME dives, Eric thanks for being the tour guide for dive sites
I am sure Dan will post more pics I am tired will post more later this is pic of average lobster we got plus dan got big hogfish,African Pompano, school masters snappers, saw turtles some of the most beautiful diving ever thanks
02-28-2008, 10:42 PM
Well we spent the week from Feb 20th to Feb 27th in the BVI and USVI. We flew into Tortola on the 20th. Matt and Jamie arrived late afternoon and were met by a taxi and taken to Smoke and Roses our 47 foot Robertson and Caine Sailing cat. We had some airline delays and arrived late evening. Agnes and I arrived at the boat and Jamie introduced us to Matt who turned out to be a great guy. We had a couple drinks and got acquainted. We were all tired from travel and we were early to bed and also early to rise. Jamie and Agnes did the provisioning while Matt and I readied the the boat. We were out of the harbor and checked out of the BVI and headed for the USVI by about 1:00. We couldn't wait to get wet so we detoured to The Indians a dive spot near Norman Island We realized it would be tight getting to customs so we decided to spend the night in the bight on Norman, home of the Willy T. a 100 foot schooner turned double decker bar whos' claim to fame is Naked women jumping from the top deck. (This is no longer allowed) but we still had a great time later that night after dinner. There is no spearing in the BVI so we had a dinner of Chicken Kabobs and rice, with Grilled Pineapple for desert.
We were up with the sun and off the hook by 7:00 headed for St Johns to check into the USVI. We then steamed across Pillsbury Sound and into Redhook where we met Eric Wright our Guide and after this week Friend. The wind was blowing about 15 knots so we decided to stay in the sound. The vis was not great but we managed some snapper a grouper and a couple of bugs in our first 2 dives. We then move to a wreck the major General Rogers. The markers were gone so it took a while to locate it. We dropped the hook and realized the current was ripping. Matt and I decided to jump off the bow and go straight down the chain and eric opted to follow us down going under the boat to the chain. Agnes and Jamie sat this one out. Matt and I went hand over hand down the chain until we were just 30-40 feet from the wreck. Eric made it part way down the chain and decided enough was enough. Matt and I found out that as long as we were in the lee of the wreck we were ok but being away from it took too much effort. Matt fond a nice coral crab and I took a shot on a nice snapper only to put the free shaft completely thru it and watch it swim away from the wreck. It was sick but due to the current I couldn't pursue it. I went back to check on Matt and we decided to call it a day even though we had plenty of air. We went up the chain did our safety stop and got out for the day. That first beer tasted great. We dropped off Eric and set the hook in Red Hook for the night. There was a better anchorage around the corner but we didn't want to chance it as it was getting dark. We dined on seafood pasta made with snapper grouper and crab with zucchini and wine sauce, along with garlic bread and Parmesan Cheese. We had a few drinks and again were early to bed. (More to come)
02-29-2008, 11:20 AM
Im going to start this as a new thread.
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