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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Cane Bay Cottages St. Croix/Frederiksted