Anchor Dive Center doesn't have its own TripAdvisor listing, so I'll put in my 2 cents here.
I've been diving since 1988, and have many 100s of dives logged throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and Pacific, as well as off the East and West Coasts of the US.
In regards to SCUBA diving, St Croix is a hidden gem! It's not a well-frequented destination for divers, comparatively speaking -- but definitely an island that offers fantastic diving with very little effort in terms of travel (from the US) and logistics (once you get there).
Anchor Dive Center is definitely "off the map" -- if you're talking about a tourist map! It certainly does NOT cater to the cruise ship crowd. So if you are a diver looking for a dive operation that offers expert, personal service -- without the crowds -- look no further.
We dove with manager Wiz (22 years in St Croix, originally from Worcester, MA), boat-captain (and DM) Sean, and divemaster Elliot (the young kid from Philly who DM'ed in Thailand previously). Although everyone on-staff was casual and laid-back in personality, the actual diving was handled in a most professional manner. Four of the members in our party were novice divers, and Elliot went out of his way to make them feel comfortable before, during, and after each dive, and he was very adept at offering off-the-cuff instruction so that each of the novice divers ended their diving a better diver.
All of the sites we visited were 10 minutes away by boat -- 5 minutes to get out of the Salt River Marina, and 5 minutes on the sea to get to each site. The surface intervals between dives were all back at the Marina. We were even able to mix 1 and 2-tank dive days because of these at-Marina surface intervals. Convenient!!!
We will dive with Anchor Dive Center again.
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