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“Great Day To Dive At Cane Bay” 4 of 5 stars
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110 C Cane Bay, Frederiksted 00840, St. Croix   |  
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“Great Day To Dive At Cane Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The Cottages are nice, with separate air conditioned bedroom from the living room/kitchen area. The kitchen has a full size fridge/freezer and pretty much whatever you would need to cook and eat in the cottage, after stocking up for the week at the grocery store. Do take at least a couple trips to the on site restaurant/bar, EAT. They have great burgers, salads, and fresh catch of the moment fish sandwiches. I watched a fisherman walk in with a huge fish over his shoulder one minute and the specialty seared fish sandwich on the menu board get changed the next. There are a couple other restaurants within walking distance, if you want more variety. I can tell you, "there were no bad orders of nachos on the island".
There are racks to hang your wetsuits/skins on outside the front door next to the outside shower.
The dive shop, crew, boat, boat crew, restaurants, and dive spots are the best you will find. If you're not going out on the boat, never fear. Just be careful and look both ways as you cross the street, 20' of grass, 40' of sand, and you're swimming out to the coral, fish, and reef sharks. On every dive from shore I saw at least 3 sharks. As soon as you get to the wall, you will see the dark shapes coming in closer to see who's visiting them, the black tip reef sharks. Saw 5 at a time on one dive. At the wall you can get to any depth you may want to hit, seeing that it drops off to thousands of feet deep right there.
I was visiting with a Deco/Adv NITROX class, and we were doing some deep and long dives while there. There are many awesome dive sites the boat took us to. One of the most fun sites was named Armageddon. It is the site where the pier that was destroyed by hurricane Hugo was dumped, forming an awesome man-made reef. You will find all sorts of life there including some brilliantly colored Queen Angel Fish, turtles and sharks, moray eels & octopi on just about every dive. Armageddon has lots of cool swim-throughs and sunken truck frames. I'm guessing they used the trucks and axle assemblies to roll all the long I-beams and slabs of concrete off the barges they must have used.
The night diving at the pier is not to be missed. We saw turtles, sea horses, puffer fish, octopi, sea stars (that were alive and crawling about sand), and the most brilliant colors I have ever seen underwater. Swimming between the pier supports constantly reveals new discoveries. Take a camera and good light. You won't be disappointed.
I was on St Croix the second week of February 2014, and the weather was great. I think it sprinkled a couple times during the week but temps were good with the nice breeze that always seems to be there to keep you cool. Water temps were in the low 80's and quite comfortable for my 3/2 mm full wetsuit. If boat diving, bring a boat coat to keep warm between dive sites.
I will be back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We had a great time diving with Cane bay Dive Shop and staying in Cane Bay Cottages. We were there the beginning of January over the holidays and found the cottages very charming. A home away from home. They were clean and comfortable and the staff at the dive shop was very helpful. We needed a few extra things which Suzanne provided and they asked us to send an email with recommendations for future guests. The outside showers were a great thought and really helped out with wetsuits and cleaning the sand off prior to entering the cottages. The rain was terrible and they asked us to keep the cottage closed due to humidity and bugs. We used the ac anyway. Eat, Off the Wall and Rowdy Joes are wonderful. The shore diving was nice and if the weather would have been better we would have taken advantage of the unlimited tanks and weights. I am sure when it is calm it is a fantastic way to spend each afternoon and night. The crew on the boat and at the shop each day were fun and knowledgeable. We will definitely be next year with our family!

Room Tip: Location is perfect & best value for great diving vacation.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was our fourth trip to dive at Cane Bay. The first two times we stayed at Carambola the last two at the Cottages. Cane Bay Dive shop is wonderful, the diving at Cane Bay and Salt River is outstanding. I can skip the diving on the west side though the night dive at the Frederisksted Pier is quite good. The location is right next to the dive shop and there are three restaurants within walking distance. The only place to eat breakfast on the north side is Carambola which takes a car, we made our own. The Plaza Extra is a quite good grocery store for the Caribbean. The cottages themselves are clean and functional but not fancy. As a previous reviewer noted the wood on the decks are showing a lot of wear. Comfortable but basic which is kind of in keeping with the north shore vibe. We had screens in all but one of our windows and didn't use the air conditioning at all. Our friends who were in the other "Superior" cottage had only one window with a screen but happily they were fine with the air conditioner. The cottages are a good budget option, if you're looking for more stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canebaydiveshop, Manager at Cane Bay Cottages, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
We are glad you enjoy the ease of diving from the Cane Bay Cottages. We welcome your comments and hope you continue to visit and send us ideas for making you more comfortable while staying in the cottages. We look forward to your next visit.
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Lancaster, Massachusetts
1 review
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Great diving and great dive Masters. We found some good restaurants in the area for food. Eats@Cane bay was good and Pizza at Off the Wall. Cottages were just a bit to rustic with the need of a overhaul. Outside Deck and Table was rotted. I am used to seeing island insects but there was more than I usually see.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Canebaydiveshop, Manager at Cane Bay Cottages, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
We thank our customer for the compliments on our diving and on our dive Masters as well as our neighboring restaurants Eat@Canebay and Off the Wall. We would like to add a few comments regarding our cottages. Our cottages are clean and comfortable and accurately portrayed on our website. For divers who would like to have the full use of a complete kitchen, have a separate living room and be able to roll out of bed and go diving their value is without compare in St Croix. While we understand that not every kind of lodging fits every type of guest we appreciate all of our guest’s comments. We further note the picnic table has been replaced. Life in the Caribbean along the shore takes its toll on all outdoor furniture and we repair and replace often and do apologize this was not done before your arrival. Regarding the bugs, we have some seasons where they are more, others where there are less. This year has been terrible. We hope our guests keep their doors closed to limit the bug access to the cottages.
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Superior, Colorado
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Cane Bay Cottages just last week. Our only regret is that we were there for only 7 nights and not longer. Here's what you get:

Location - St. Croix
- Gorgeous caribbean island, beautiful warm blue waters and nice white sand beaches
- As a US territory it is a very easy arrival & departure experience compared to other destinations
- Familiar products and brands, can find the same things you like back home. Liquor is cheap.
- Plenty of great restaurants, shopping, and lots of photo opps (don't miss the beer drinking pigs!)

Cane Bay Dive Shop
- 1st rate dive operation, friendly knowledgable staff, top notch gear, boats, etc.
- Caters to your schedule, preferences, skill levels, etc. Exceptional service!
- Equipped to support beginner through advanced technical diver training.
- Located on same large property along with cottages and restaurant (Eat @ Cane Bay)
- Directly across from best beach on the island for shore diving. Gear up, walk in.
- Closest beach access to the famous wall dive.

Property Owners/Hosts
Suzanne & Hal - your quality vacation and diving experience is their #1 focus. Fun people too!

The Diving
- Some of the most diverse and healthy sites we have seen throughout the caribbean.
- Everything from seahorses to dolphin and shark (yes on purpose) encounters.
- Reef, wall, wreck, and pier diving. All different with amazing coral, sponges, colors & critters.

We rented a car and drove the entire island on our non-dive day. TomTom GPS application on my phone had all of the roads so it was easy to get around. Just remember to drive on the left side.

Cane Bay has gone to the top of our desired repeat caribbean dive destinations. You'll love it!

Room Tip: We had one of the superior cottages (#2) with full kitchen and all the amenities and comforts.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belleville, Illinois
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The best diving on the island. Hal (the owner), Neil, Nick, Beth, Rick, Ashley, and Ash were all very friendly and helpful. We stayed in a cottage next to the dive shop. The equipment, boats and tanks were very good. Hal and his staff couldn't do enough for us. As guides and knowledgeable dive masters, Neil, Nick, Beth, and Rick were exceptional. The sea wasp boat, that we used from shore, had a zipper in the bottom which allowed access to the water from a sitting position in the boat. It was extremely convenient and easy for entries and exits. Whether you stay at Cane Bay, or elsewhere on the island, you must dive with these people. They are the best at what they do, and you will not meet nicer folks anywhere.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This resort with cottages has a great location on N side of island in rain forest with beautiful beaches and old 1800s fort ruins; We had a cottage with full kitchen. On site restaurant Eat@cane bay has great food. Island is easy to drive with good GPS - we used iPad google maps. Nearby restaurant to east is Rowdy Joe's - also excellent creative food menu. Try the wontons and the fried edamame. Skip the "Waves" as overpriced and nothing special. Be sure to go to St George Botanical garden and plantation ruins. Awesome. Try driving to far east and west points of island for great beach walking and isolated spectacular views. Shopping so-so in Christiansted but some interesting art. Fredricksted shuts down unless cruise ships are in. Turtle's deli has great sandwich creations with best breads ever - worth the wait and location on beach is very nice. Also great is la Reine Chicken Shack for chicken and fish. We were the 2 nondivers in a group experienced with Caribbean island diving who said the diving was some of the best they had done. Dive shop crew very accommodating.

Room Tip: Cottage 1 has best ocean view. Closing wood shutters in morning on front before leaving help keeps c...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 110 C Cane Bay, Frederiksted 00840, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Frederiksted
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Frederiksted
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dive the Wall right from your doorstep. The Wall runs along St Croix's North Shore and the Cane Bay Coattges are located in the perfect place for your dive vacation. The Cottages offer the most flexible and convenient dive packages with unlimited shore diving and 10 minute boat rides to all St Croix's fantastic dive sites. It is Always a Great Day at Cane Bay! ... more   less 
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Cane Bay Cottages St. Croix/Frederiksted

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