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July 24th 2004 to January 15th 2007

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Name: David McClimans
E-Mail: ssg_mac_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Visited from: Joppa Maryland United States United States
Date: Mon Jan 15, 2007, 4:10 am
JP is pretty much the best CPT ever. He dropped us right on top of every wreck! Thanks for your great service and keeping me smiling. James is a great Dive Master and will point out every thing you missed before its too late! He will go the extra mile and make every dive something to remember. Thanks for a great time. Dierdre will always be there to make you feel like your right at home with an old friend. I hope to dive with her next trip. Thanks D! Best prices and best wrecks buy far! Don't miss this dive shop! Next time you guys are in the DC Baltimre area call me!
Name: June Ring
E-Mail: Ringjuni_AT_aol_DoT_com
Visited from: Apopka,FL United States
Date: Thur Jan 4, 2007, 8:00 am
Thanks to all the staff at Blue Island, Especially James who made my first dive seem like a I was a pro,well almost after we worked out a few instruction lessons.The boat ride over to our dive site was most enjoyable driven by Captain Jim who was also very helpful in getting me off the boat into the water and back on.My husband who has dived in Hawaii convinced me to go on a dive with him on this vacation. I have never been diving before, and if you have never had the experience in diving or a lesson and just want to get in the water and see more than snorkling on top go and see James at blue Island. I found him to be very informative about a basic lesson to dive. He watched over me like newborn duckling. Thanks Jim and James for a great time and we will see you all again in St Thomas. And we will be certified next time. The Newbee days are over.I'm going all the way and become a certified diver. By the way I love to snorkel yet when you see the bigger picture of the open ocean from the depths of 40ft it is very beautiful and breath taken and then your hooked. I know I was. Thanks again James and Catain Jim God bless! Chris and June Ring Apopka FL.
Name: Molly Enochs
Visited from: Indialantic, Fl United States United States
Date: Thur Jan 4, 2007, 7:52 am
Hey Jaymz and dierdre... Blue Island DIvers is AMAZING!!!!! Just wanted to let you know. diving with you over the past several years has been great... you taught me a lot. I know i'll need your help James with the rescue diver course... Love you all. Jim thank you soooooo much for all the twizlers. I could not have survived all those dives with out them.. The perfect snack to get all the salt out of your mouth. The 2 tank dives with all getting pushed of the boat is just what I need for my vacation. love you all!!!!! love, Molly Enochs
Name: Jack and Karen Kouwe
E-Mail: arcjak_AT_earthlink_DoT_net
Visited from: Greenfield, Indiana United States United States
Date: Thur Dec 7, 2006, 7:36 am
Stop. You are on the net looking for great diving. You will waste time looking at other St Thomas websites. (Besides this is the best, their webmaster is brilliant) You are looking for great service, quality gear, well maintained boats and fantastic diving. It is why you went to this log. You want a "SURE THING" right? No, of course my last name is not Cousteau but I do have over 150 open water dives in the Caribbean alone. Aruba, Bimini, Cozumel, Cayman, Florida, Grand Turk, Little Cayman, Roatan, St Martin with big outfits and little shops. Blue Island Divers is the real deal! Write to Bethaney or Deirdre and set something up. They are extremely accommodating and if you are cruise ship diving, your feet never touch land. No cattle boats with 30 divers. They'll pick you up in the dive boat at the end of the pier! Trust me, by then you'll want to break away from your shipmates for a bit and you don't pay the cruise line their cut. (you can use that cash to tip your great divemasters, believe me they will earn it with the level of service you can count on) I could go on about the diving but I swear to you, the descriptions on this website are not embellished in the least. Karen and I intend to go back at the beginning of the off season when the bait fish are running and the big stuff sometimes comes in to chow down. Go dive with these guys, you will be pleased, no that doesn't get it, lets use delighted, no thats not it either. I am going to say - completely and totally satisfied with the people, gear, boats, divesites and the island itself.
Name: Ranell T
E-Mail: flred13_AT_gmail_DoT_com
Visited from: Tampa, FL United States United States
Date: Thur Oct 12, 2006, 3:46 am
I dove on September 20th (2006) and had a blast. I had no plans to dive while on vacation but thankfully I met a fellow diver while on the cruise to St. Thomas that had booked her excursion with Blue Island Divers. At the time I met her she was scheduled to be the only diver so with a little more chatting I said I would take my chances that the boat hadn't filled up. It wasn't until we arrived in port that she was able to get a cell signal and call. Thankfully they had room for one more diver and a snorkel buddy. I can't thank James enough for making me feel so comfortable, making sure my boyfriend felt comfortable with me diving and for Jim making sure the boat didn't get to far from where we all jumped in. The spots we dove were great. Thanks so much & Thanks Debbie for encouraging me to go diving. :)
Name: Clifton
E-Mail: cmill05_AT_excite_DoT_com
Visited from: Charlotte/NC United States United States
Date: Fri Sep 8, 2006, 5:59 am
I dove with Blue Island on Tues 8/29 (noon 2 tank), Wed 8/30 (night 1 tank) & Thurs 8/31 (am 2 tank). I found their service to be outstanding!!! They were prompt when picking me up at the Marriott Pier, they knew the sites well and really helped me grow as a "new" diver. James was not only fun, he was helpful in every way possible. Telling him that I was a "new-bee" only made him more eager to show me new things and make my diving experience unforgettable. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around all that I took in while diving with him. WOW!!! Captain Jim made sure we were on time (pickup/drop off), safely got us to our sites and was there ready to grab our gear when exiting the water. On a whole my dive excursions w/Blue Island may have just ruined future trips with any other dive company. Can't wait to go back and dive with them again!! Many many kudos to James and Jim!!!
Name: Brian W
E-Mail: stormdancer_AT_earthlink_DoT_net
Visited from: Denver, CO United States United States
Date: Mon Sep 4, 2006, 8:07 am
We were very pleased with the folks at Blue Island Divers. We brought both a large group of varying experience from a wedding party and a smaller group of experienced divers and both were very happy with the experience. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and professional and can work with divers of all skill levels. The diving was great and we would recommend them to anyone going to St Thomas.
Name: Tracy
E-Mail: t2grene_AT_adelphia_DoT_net
Visited from: Frederick, MD United States United States
Date: Mon Sep 4, 2006, 8:06 am
The only way our family dives is with a private charter - and Blue Island Divers was affordable for our family of 3 divers during the end of July. We did 2 mornings, 2 tank dives with James our dive instructor. He was quite fun and very knowledgeable about our dive sites. Jimmy our skipper was extremely nice. We decided to go back to a dive site we went the day before and the crew was most agreeable. We stored our equipment with them overnight and in the morning upon pick up everything was clean and ready to go. We felt safe and had a great time with James and Jimmy. Thanks guys for a mememorable trip!!!!!!!!
Name: Mario Salcedo
E-Mail: mario21212_AT_aol_DoT_com
Visited from: Key Biscayne, FL United States United States
Date: Mon Sep 4, 2006, 8:03 am
Of all the dive tour operators in St Thomas, Blue Island Divers is by far the best. Starting with punctual and convenient pick-up at the cruise ship pier, to the personalized and friendly service by the crew, to the dive site selection, they are truly in a class by themselves. What favorably impacted me the most was when I asked Dive Master James if we could possibly dive my favorite site, the wreck of the Miss Opportunity, he did not hesitate for one moment and said "sure let's do it". You don't see this type of positive response with most of the dive operators. I will be back with Blue island Divers every time I visit St Thomas. Mario Salcedo
Name: Sheila Kostarse
E-Mail: kostaresfam_AT_hotmail_DoT_com
Visited from: New Port Richey United States United States
Date: Tue Aug 29, 2006, 7:40 am
I want to say thanks for a wonderful day. We had 10 people from our group going out from the cruise ship dock. In our group was 7 snorklers ranging from 16 - 68 and 3 certified divers. Your team was fantastic at setting us up, meeting on time, outfitting each person and being sure we had a great time. I have dived in quite a few different places in the carribean but this is the first time I saw such a variety of sealife, incl: Sea Turtles, nurse shark, barracuda, stingrays, squid, puffer fish etc. We had a perfect time and the snorklers up top did also. I recommend you without hesitation and plan to see you next time we are visiting the area. Anyone on a cruise ship should feel very comfortable with booking with your very professional, knowledgeable and fun team. See you again soon.
Name: MaryEllen Toll
E-Mail: maryellen_AT_rmrc_DoT_net
Visited from: Mentor OH United States United States
Date: Tue Aug 29, 2006, 7:39 am
It was a pleasure to dive with Blue Island Divers. I was picked up at the dock of the hotel which is a real plus when the cruise ships are in town and traffic is awful. The dive sites were wonderful as was the service. My gear was cleaned by them and kept overnight for the next day of diving. When I got on the boat again, my gear was ready for me to dive. I would definitely use them again when I return to St. Thomas.
Name: Jim Stevens
E-Mail: stevensjimg_AT_comcast_DoT_net
Visited from: University Place, WA United States United States
Date: Tue Aug 29, 2006, 7:38 am
My wife and I arrived at St. Thomas on July 25, 2006 as a port stop on our 7 day cruise. I was so impressed with all of the "pre-dive" information - everything was layed out exactly as informed - the dive boat arrived on time and James (divemaster) and the crew gave us a wonderful time. I particularly enjoyed the trip through the barges - it has prompted me to know that my next advancement will be wreck diving. Thanks again for the great time - I would recommend Blue Island Divers anytime ! ~ Jim Stevens
Name: Brent Carroll
E-Mail: lcdrbrentcarroll_AT_cox_DoT_net
Visited from: Chesapeake United States United States
Date: Tue Aug 29, 2006, 7:26 am
Thanks guys! Awesome trip. We spanned the spectrum in experience in our group, from brand new OW divers to an Instructor and James and Jimmy treated us like royalty on each and every dive (which was awesome by the way). New friends, I hope to run into them again one day. Jimmy, keep that mooring open beside yours, OK? From Brent, Tracy, Jay, Jacqui, and Nick - THANKS!
Name: Susan McConnell
Visited from: winston-salem United States
Date: Fri Jun 9, 2006, 5:31 am
I did my 4 open water dives with blue (Island)...my first open water dives ever in April. I completed my padi certification with blue (Island). Ian was very patient and it was wonderful!!! I will be traveling back in December and plan on going out with blue (Island) again!!
Name: Lauren
E-Mail: lauren_rickels_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Visited from: Nashville United States
Date: Fri Jun 9, 2006, 5:29 am
We had a great tme diving with Blue Island Divers two days. The first day my dad did a discover scuba diving and they were great with him. The next day my husband and I did our deep advanced dive. I was a little nervous but they were patient with me and it was the best dive I have ever done. There were few people on the boat whcih made it easy to get around and we didn't feel rushed. The water was warm, upper 70's to low 80's. We will definately use them again when we go back to St. Thomas
Name: Christopher Fry
E-Mail: doctor64776_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Visited from: Mountain Home, AR United States
Date: Wed May 31, 2006, 4:21 am
I booked a dive for myself and 5 family members. The Crew was awesome! Very kind and accomodating. The equipment was good quality and clean. The wreck dive was a blast. We really enjoyed our time with Blue Island divers. Thanks Guys Chris
Name: Baron king
E-Mail: baronking_AT_pbu_DoT_edu
Visited from: Newtown PA United States
Date: Wed May 31, 2006, 4:19 am
This was a great dive. The crew and guide were terrific, professional and fun to be with. The underwater topography was amazing as well as the variety of sealife. I long to go back and dive again. If I return to St. Thomas, I will dive with Blue Island Divers!!!
Name: Debbie Rider
E-Mail: Drider1234_AT_aol_DoT_com
Visited from: South Jersey United States
Date: Mon May 22, 2006, 8:25 am
Dear Deidre, Bethany, Dave, Eon, and Zach, Brett and I would like to extend a sincere thank you for a wonderful dive experience. We are back in South Jersey with a greater urge to submerge than we had before. We also appreciate all the dining and touring tips too. Wishing you a wonderful “Blue Island” day,. Debbie Rider
Name: Jeremy Martin
Visited from: Charlotte,NC United States
Date: Wed May 10, 2006, 4:47 am
My wife and I had a great time diving for four days with you guys. Appreciate the ride to and from the marina and the very friendly staff! Definately a warm atmosphere and will dive with again. Thanks guys!
Name: Aaron D. Chatkin
Visited from: Gastonia, NC United States
Date: Tue Apr 25, 2006, 9:53 am
The diving experience with Blue Island was excellent. We did a reef dive and then a wreck dive. Ian was a great diver master. Our boat only had 5 of us diving, which was perfect. I was on a cruise and had the option to book a dive excurion through the cruise line. I'm so glad that I did not!! I watched the cruise passengers get onto their dive boats at the dock. They were using two boats and loaded 14-16 people on EACH one!!! Booking my own 1/2 day excursion on-line with Blue Island was definitely the way to go. Next time you are planning a trip to St. Thomas, look them up. I know I will!! Thanks guys!!
Name: Ron Craft
E-Mail: rcraft_AT_carolina_DoT_rr_DoT_com
Visited from: Concord, NC United States
Date: Tue Apr 25, 2006, 8:56 am
The diving with Blue Island Divers was excellent. Our group of four did two wreck dives in the afternoon. Blue Island Divers picked us up at the cruise ship pier. This was very convenient. I will schedule dives again with Blue Island Divers. Thanks, Ron Craft Concord, NC
Name: Carrie and Don Hintson
E-Mail: oocarrie_AT_bellsouth_DoT_net
Visited from: Davidson, NC United States
Date: Wed Apr 5, 2006, 11:58 am
Had a great time diving while docked on our cruise. We dove Tank Reef and the Navy Barges. The barges were awesome. We got to swim through them and saw tons of colorful fish and corals. Felt safe the entire dive and we got to stay down until our air was low (45-60min of diving). Very easy to find the dock from the ship--will definitely dive with them again the next time we're in St. Thomas!
Name: Brian Sypek
Visited from: Peru, NY United States
Date: Mon Apr 3, 2006, 6:06 am
Myself and another experienced diver made arrangements to dive through BID while in port w/ a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The dive boat picked us up at the pier/dock and then dropped us back off at this location. We did not even need to travel to the dive shop for payment or processing (since we made reservations online prior to the trip). The diving was great- saw Barracuda, French Angelfish, a Spotted Eagle Ray, a Green Turtle, Porcupinefish and others. Two tank dive consisted of a large wreck (called 'Concrete') and a reef dive. The divemaster and pilot were friendly and professional and provided for a great way to see St. Thomas. PS- Try the Green Room (in town) after the diving for hydrating and a good atmosphere.
Name: Mark Macke
Visited from: Marshalltown, Iowa United States
Date: Sun Apr 2, 2006, 7:45 pm
This was the only scuba service that offered to pick us up and return us to the dock by our cruise ship. The others said a cab would be necessary. There were only four of us on the dive boat. The rental equipment was just great. The dive master and boat driver were courteous and knowledgeable. We were back to our ship before lunch having had two very good dives.
Name: Dave H.
E-Mail: dave2008_AT_earthlink_DoT_net
Visited from: Sandy, Utah United States
Date: Sun Apr 2, 2006, 5:48 pm
My wife, son, and I signed up with BID via the Internet rather than sign up with the Norwegian Sun shore trip. Met us at the dock, excellent wreck dive and a later reef dive. Have recommended BID to others... James and Ian were professional and easy to work with. I will book with them the next time I am in St. Thomas.
Name: Bob Dickson
E-Mail: rhdiii_AT_verizon_DoT_net
Visited from: Allsion Park PA United States
Date: Sun Apr 2, 2006, 5:22 pm
Another great week with BID. I checked another wreck off of my Blue Island divers t-shirt and visited some truly beautiful sites.I've dived with BID since you opened, and don't plan to go any where else. See you next time.
Name: Erin
Visited from: Northern Virginia United States
Date: Sun Apr 2, 2006, 9:16 am
I had an excellent time on this time. The crew was extremely professional. I was staying on the island and had been trying to find a dive shop that was located close, but wasn't on the other side of the island and I found it. I would absolutly dive with BID again in the future. I would recommend it for anyone that want's to dive on a boat that isn't swimming with tourists and doesn't pack you in with sardines. There were 8 divers on the boat and that was good enough for a guided tour of a wreck. I really can't wait to come back.
Name: Larry
Visited from: Port St. Lucie/Florida United States
Date: Sat Apr 1, 2006, 2:27 pm
On a Holland America cruise, boat was at the dock at the appropriate time, friendly and helpful crew, wreck dive and reef dive were very nice
Name: Mike Kelly
E-Mail: mikes69442_AT_comcast_DoT_net
Visited from: Troy,MI United States
Date: Sat Apr 1, 2006, 2:08 pm
Dove w/ Blue Island for the second time from a Princess cruise ship. Was great how they picked us up and dropped us at the dock. Again, very friendly, had a nice dive, was well taken care of, and they did not give me a rough time as this was my first dive in about 1 year though my open water certification belies my over 200 dive experience. Saw big turtle, octopus, and great reef life. Thanks for a great time and look forward to doing it again!
Name: David Terry
E-Mail: coastalcad_AT_yahoo_DoT_com
Visited from: Sebastian, FL United States
Date: Fri Mar 31, 2006, 9:12 am
Took a Royal Caribbean cruise to St. Thomas. Had same experience as everyone else listed on this site- saw all the cruise cattle go to boats with TONS of people on them. Then we saw our boat, and our 4 others we were diving with. Great experience, would highly recommend. They were willing to go through extra steps for us as well. Thanks!!!!
Name: Connie Casagrand
Visited from: O'Fallon, Missouri United States
Date: Wed Mar 29, 2006, 11:06 am
What a wonderful dive experience! Blue Island Divers worked with us to set up 2 afternoon dives in St. Thomas on Wednesday, March 22nd. We went to two different wreck sites that were great to swim through. We saw a lot of sting rays, colorful Queen Angels, as well as other fish, spiny lobster and the most laid back turtle ever! The boat met us at the pier, the equipment was ready to go and James and Ian were very friendly and helpful. The whole process was very easy. I highly recommend Blue Island Divers.
Name: Eve Vogelstein
E-Mail: mothraeve@aol.com
Visited from: Owings Mills, Maryland United States
Date: Fri Jan 6, 2006, 1:44 pm
Our family booked a dive trip with Blue Island Divers during our cruise to St. Thomas. We were on the Caribbean Princess and docked at 7a.m. We were met right under the nose of our ship and off we went. It was so convenient. Most of the divers from the ship were lined up waiting for the dive trip they booked from the ship. It looked like such a madhouse. The 4 of us were thrilled to just hop aboard our own private dive. The captain and the dive master were very professional and everything was already set up for us on the boat. We didn't have to go very far, maybe 10 minutes to our dive site. The dive was really wonderful. We swam among sharks, spotted eels, stingrays, barracudas, squid and many other colorful fish. We went on 2 reef dives and enjoyed them both. I would definately recommend them and I would suggest using them if you are coming from a cruise ship. We had a great time and look forward to diving with them again....thanks
Name: Arlen Bowen
E-Mail: arlenbowen@hotmail.com
Visited from: Cocoa, FL United States
Date: Mon Dec 26, 2005, 5:42 pm
My family and I had a great experience on the Barefoot Diver. The crew was great and behaved professionally. All equipment was in excellent condition. My father and I had some great dives and the rest of the family got to snorkel. Great memories all around.
Name: Tim Wilkie
E-Mail: tim@wilkie.net
Visited from: Salisbury United States
Date: Thur Dec 22, 2005, 1:34 pm
James gave us 2 great dives when we were down there in July. His expertise and knowledge of both Spratt's Point and the naval barges was wonderful. He also assisted my daughter in completing her final checkout dive. We will be back again in Fe. and I am in the process of booking you again (hopefully getting James again).
Name: Amy
E-Mail: bergsieker@hotmail.com
Visited from: Portland, OR United States
Date: Tue Dec 13, 2005, 12:58 am
My husband and I dove with Blue Island Divers instead of through the cruise ship that we were on. It was definitely the right choice! It was a small group, as promised, and the sites were great. Thanks for the great dives.
Name: Jon
Visited from: clayton, nc United States
Date: Mon Dec 5, 2005, 4:39 am
Blue Island Divers was Excellent. I snorkeled and my wife dove. Took us to two great sites and were very professional. Would Easily go through them again if we visit St. Thomas again. Thanks for a great trip.
Name: John Getz
Visited from: Pittsburgh PA United States
Date: Wed Nov 30, 2005, 10:36 am
Was picked up from the NCL spirit for two afternoon dives. Small group and great crew. Thanks for the good time.
Name: Paul Santilli
Visited from: Erie , Colorado United States
Date: Wed Nov 30, 2005, 9:20 am
Just got back from St.Thomas and had the opportunity to dive with Blue Island divers. We booked through there web site and they responded quickly. We arrived via a cruise ship and they met us as planned. I dove with my wife and 12 year old son and they were able to accommodate all our needs as planned. We had a great dive master (Lureen? spelling) and she took good care of us. I would not hesitate to use their services again especially from a cruise ship. Only 6 divers to the boat , Nice! Thanks again folks and I'll see you again next November!
Name: Jim Fox
E-Mail: boinghack@yahoo.com
Visited from: Dixon, CA United States
Date: Wed Nov 23, 2005, 11:45 am
11/16/2005 Chartered with Blue Island Divers. St. Thomas - Dive #1 was a beautiful coral reef called REEF Bowl. Depth = 67 ft, Vis = 75ft, Water temp = 80 degrees F. Saw a parrot fish, baby sea turtle (I told the kids it was "Crush" from Finding Nemo) and lots of other sea life. Dive #2 - My first Wreak dive. Navy Barges - Depth 40 ft. Vis was poor (8-10 ft), sandy bottom. It was 2 old WWII barges that were sunk in the late forties. Although the surrounding water was murky, it did clear up once inside the vessels. Saw a barracuda, giant lobster and a small ray. First time I have ever done a wreak, so it was a little spooky going through the holes that had been blown through the ship, but we had a great dive master\guide who took everything very slow and made it very enjoyable. __________________ Boingophreak
Name: Bruce Bauer
E-Mail: courtneykb@msn.com
Visited from: Salt Lake City, Utah United States
Date: Tue Nov 22, 2005, 7:13 pm
We dove with Blue Island Divers during our cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess. The were just six of us that went diving, three couples. We were meet just a short distance from where the cruise ship docked and were meet by Lauren and Jimmy. They took us to the Navy barges dive site. Lauren was our dive master. She was great! My wife and I had only dove twice before in the ocean. She was very kind and reassuring. Jimmy was the captain of the ship. We suited up and jumped in. Lauren was right there to guide us around. We saw lots of different fish and sea creatures. It was a great site. Even with another BID group there we still were able to follow Lauren around and see lots of different things. After a slow and very wavy ride to the next dive site, we finally got back in the water. My wife and a friend were quite sick on the way over. While on the way, Lauren explained more about the things we had just seen and did some preliminary explaining about the reef dive we were about to do. The reef dive was great too. Lots of things to see. About half way through the dive, we saw a Nurse Shark. WOW!! Amazingly graceful and sleek. Being a first time diver, I was taken aback at how beautiful and large the creature was! Awesome even at a distance of 20 to 30 feet. Lauren was all excited and gave us hurried signals so we didn't miss it. Did I mention Lauren was awesome!?! Finally we were finished with the dive and returned to the surface and Jimmy waiting to help us aboard. My second ocean dive is one I will never forget and our thanks go to Lauren and Blue Island Divers. When we go back to St Thomas, we will dive with BID again and request to dive with Lauren!!!
Name: Sarah
E-Mail: stp@barrettlaw.com
Visited from: Fort Wayne, Indiana United States
Date: Mon Nov 14, 2005, 6:33 am
We booked our dives with Blue Island Diver's instead of through the cruise ship. All of which was done via e-mail. Our dives with Blue (Island) was exactly what we requested. We had 4 certified divers and 1 snorkeller and wanted to do shallow dives for our 70+ year old snorkeler and that is exactly what they provided. They picked us up just as stated in their web site. Blue island communication was fantastic and kept me informed throughout the booking process. We will definitely return to Blue Island Diver's when we return to St. Thomas.
Name: Kim Laudenslager
Visited from: Denver, Colorado United States
Date: Tue Nov 1, 2005, 3:02 pm
We had a great time! You guys run a very professional and super organized outfit ... all good stuff!! Thank you.
Name: Bill and Robyn Burton
E-Mail: rannbur@hotmail.com
Visited from: Roy Utah United States
Date: Mon Oct 24, 2005, 10:05 am
We were diverted to St Thomas due to Hurricane Wilma and had to scramble to find diving. We sent an email from the cruise ship and you responded immediately. This was Bills first time diving St Thomas and my second. We went to new dive sites and we had beautiful dives and great service. I highly recommend your facility to all divers. We teach in Utah so we will recommend you to all of the divers that we send your way. Your team was AWESOME.... Thanks again Bill and Robyn Burton
Name: Brian and Lara Fulbright
E-Mail: BCFulbright@aol.com
Visited from: Simpsonville, SC United States
Date: Wed Sep 28, 2005, 1:06 pm
This was my wife and I first time visiting St. Thomas. We chose Blue Island Divers after hearing so many horror stories regarding cattle boat with about 40 or so divers. Blue Island Divers had a small boat with about 6 or 8 divers, with 3 employees. The employee was wonderful, taking the time to help us find the various sea lifes that exist underwater. Diving in St. Thomas was our first time ever to experience an open water in the ocean. We had only dived in lakes. The dive master was kind enought to show us the eel, turle, various kinds of sea life. All i can say is that these dives were AWESOME... They were wonderful to dive with.. I would highly recommend them to anyone. Way to go guys and gals, and keep up the wonderful experience of open water diving. We would do it again... I also wanna send a shout out to RED, since hes from the good ole state of Georgia.
Name: Bob Evans
E-Mail: bevans@fjmercedes.com
Visited from: Newport Beach, California United States
Date: Mon Sep 26, 2005, 4:21 pm
Great dives, service was spectacular! We swam with turtles, saw the normal culprits, and saw a SEA HORSE. For a California diver this was a great way to dive the last stop of our cruise. My two sons and I will visit this dive operator again!
Name: Bob Lipkind
E-Mail: robertjlipkind@hotmail.com
Visited from: Richmond, VA United States
Date: Mon Sep 26, 2005, 2:53 pm
I was not impressed at all with the dives we did. We had very inexperienced people mixed with experienced people. I was kicked or bumped inot a few times along with my girlfriend. We did a wreck as the first dive and a diver doing his checkout dives who was having bouyancy issues and finally we stayed above the others not to get injured. Our second dive was deeper than out first which goes against all the dive training I have had. The divemaster was a fill in and a good guy but was clueless about the group and what to do. We were supposed to have Deirdra whic she told me herself but had gone to the Coco's islands to dive while we were there. We were supposed to dive 2 more days with ya'll but opted to go to some one else who ran a more professional operation. I felt I wasted my money but paid for the time anyway. Thanks for trying, Bob Lipkind
Name: Kathleen McDill
E-Mail: mcdillk@yahoo.com
Visited from: Falls Church, VA United States
Date: Mon Sep 26, 2005, 11:43 am
We had an easy time of it. Just show up on the dock (next to the cruise ship). Equipment was ready, we were half way to the dive site, all we had to do was show our dive card and get in the boat. The guides were as knowledable, friendly and helpful as one could possibly ask for. I would recommend Blue Island to anyone who wants a good dive experience in St Thomas.
Name: Sandra Carl
E-Mail: scarl@ptc.com
Visited from: NJ United States
Date: Mon Sep 26, 2005, 9:42 am
Blue Island were awesome. From emailing and setting up my trip, to diving and finishing my open water Certs. James was a great instructor, enthusiastic and attentive. My boyfriend has been certified for years and we both had a great trip. We'll always dive with Blue Island whenever in St. Thomas.
Name: Maria S.
Visited from: Bethesda, MD United States
Date: Mon Sep 26, 2005, 9:35 am
My friend and I completed our last two certification dives with Blue Island in September while on a cruise. After seeing the number of people on the cruise ship dive boats, I was quite relieved to see the small group size with Blue Island Divers and glad I didn't book through the cruise ship. The dive master we dove with was great and showed us a lot of interesting things. I will definitely use this company again if I travel to St. Thomas again.
Name: Greg Blocker
E-Mail: greg.blocker@transcore.com
Visited from: Aubrey Texas United States
Date: Mon Sep 26, 2005, 8:27 am
Really enjoyed my dives with Blue Island. They went out of their way to accommodate us. Small groups, very professional service. Picked us up right at the Marriott pier. Definitely recommend them to others.
Name: Doug Birkby
E-Mail: dbirkby@comcast.net
Visited from: Lakewood United States
Date: Mon Sep 26, 2005, 8:07 am
We had a great dive with Blue Island. We were a little spoiled though, as it was just our family of four on the dive boat that day! What a great experience it was. And my wife got to see a large sea turtle, the one species she has missed in all of our dives! Thanks again and we hope to see you soon. Doug Birkby
Name: Bill Henry
Visited from: Redstone Arsenal, Alabama United States
Date: Mon Sep 26, 2005, 7:26 am
Had a great time diving. Customer service was good and the boat and crew were terrific. Diving was close and the combination of reefs and wrecks was awesome. See you next trip!
Name: Joe Staples
E-Mail: gojoestaples@hotmail.com
Visited from: Salt Lake City, Utah United States
Date: Sun Sep 18, 2005, 9:49 am
My son and I dove with Blue Island Divers. These guys are the absolute best. We also dove the Bahamas during the same trip. There was no comparison in the superior service that we got from Blue Island Divers. They were friendly. They let us help decide where to dive. The equipment we rented was very nice. Their service was outstanding. They even waited for us when we were late getting off the cruise ship (don't know if they can always do that). We enjoyed this so much. We dove a reef and a ship wreck. They took us inside the ship. Would recommend these guys to everyone. Thanks for such a great time!
Name: Patrick Smith
E-Mail: okiestockdog@yahoo.com
Visited from: Stillwater, OK United States
Date: Thur Sep 15, 2005, 7:54 am
Outstanding service and dive locations. You're missing out on a great experience if you dive with someone else.
Name: David Betke Jr
E-Mail: marjr3@comcast.net
Visited from: Aliquippa Pa United States
Date: Mon Jul 11, 2005, 5:52 pm
Used the PADI website and found BID after our cruise ships dive excursion was booked up. It was a good break for us. Our first dives could not have been any better than they were. Jim and James were a lot of fun. I will dive with BID if ever in St. Thomas again.
Name: NialRiver
E-Mail: nialriver@hotmail.com
Visited from: Huntersville, NC United States
Date: Sat Jul 9, 2005, 1:42 pm
Scoped-out the dive operators via the web and called BID once in St. Thomas. Staying at the Marriott which meant I had to do all the arrangements over the phone (gear, p/u, payment, etc). Couldn't have been better/easier. Ian worked with me and diving with Capt Jim and Deirdra and the other (4) guests was great; they even got a night dive together when I mentioned I would like one. It's the personal attention and small group that I believe divers are looking for (along with turtles, eagle rays, drums, etc). You guys are what we're looking for, thanks.
Name: Dan Ozenne
E-Mail: dan@ozenne.com
Visited from: Mahattan Beach, CA United States
Date: Sat Jul 9, 2005, 11:53 am
My wife, newly certified 13 year old daughter, and I dove three days with Ian and Capt. Jim and had a terrific time. We particularly appreciated the small groups on the boat, the convenience of being picked up at the Marriott dock, and arriving with all of the rental equipment we had requested all set up. But most importantly Ian led us on six very nice dives that were appropriate for our newby and interesting for the rest of us as well. Jim was very helpful getting us organized and taking care of getting us to great spots. From online booking to our final wave goodbye this outfit was absolutely first rate -- professional, personable, and fun. If we come to St Thomas again Blue Island is where we will book. Thanks again to Ian and Jim
Name: David Presley
E-Mail: tarkus@scubadiving.com http://davidpresley.com/dive-hal05.html
Visited from: Cape Coral, FL United States
Date: Thur Jun 9, 2005, 8:44 am
I thank my lucky stars I booked independently with you guys instead of the cattle-boat offered by Holland America. Only six divers, beautiful dive boat, professional/courteous divemasters, great site(s) and conditions... I couldn't ask for anything more. Next time I'm in St. Thomas you will absolutely get my business! Only next time I'll remember to charge my digicam battery the night before (so it doesn't die after 12 shots!). My best to Bethany (sp?) - hang onto that snorkel next dive, okie ;) - link to my cruising diving recap shown as the URL above... but in case it doesn't show up (before I click the submit button) the URL for text is http://davidpresley.com/dive-hal05.html, with several child pages from there containing photos.
Name: Chuck Smith
E-Mail: chuck.smith@rrcc.edu
Visited from: Aurora, CO United States
Date: Mon May 30, 2005, 10:29 am
I recently spent 4 days (8 dives) with BID. It was wonderful. We did wrecks and reefs, deep and shallow, all kinds of variety. I'm fairly new at this, but I can't imagine it getting any better. The crew were very accomodating to pick me up and drop off at the Marriott dock. Thanks again.
Name: John Reich
Visited from: Middletown NY United States
Date: Mon May 30, 2005, 5:10 am
Great time diving with Blue Island Divers. They picked us up at the cruise ship's dock, were very helpful with the gear and set-up of our equipement. Will definetly dive with B.I.D. next time we're in St. Thomas.
Name: Patti Bivona
E-Mail: pbivona@yahoo.com
Visited from: Dallas, TX United States
Date: Mon May 23, 2005, 11:09 am
Thanks for a wonderful day of diving. We truly enjoyed our time, and Ian and Zack were great. It was my husband's first ocean dive, and hopefully they'll all be that good. Thank you again!
Name: Ruth Herman
E-Mail: flyerfan22_19115@yahoo.com
Visited from: Philadelphia, PA United States
Date: Mon May 16, 2005, 5:25 pm
We had a great time diving with Blue Island. They picked us up right from the pier, and dropped us off as scheduled. Of course, our ship was the last one on the pier, so it was a LONG walk to the pickup point. Next time, I'm bringing a rolling bag! Dive sites were nice, and crew was friendly and efficient. Thanks!
Name: Richard&lisa Morgan
E-Mail: dontask@verizonmail.com
Visited from: San Dimas,California United States
Date: Tue May 10, 2005, 10:59 pm
Are you ready to dive? This is no cattleboat,Moooooooooo. Ian,Jimmy, Deirdre and James will take the best care of you and your short or long time that you have with them.The dive sites are great.No rush to get to the next site just enjoy your time. The wrecks are very nice and they will guide you through so you will se everything. My wife and I went out four days with the crew and had the best time. We will be back again very soon for the best warm water diving we have had. Dont let your friends dive cattle,DIVE BLUE ISLAND DIVERS!!!
E-Mail: davidel57@juno.com
Visited from: Baytown, TX United States
Date: Tue May 10, 2005, 8:41 am
Recently did a morning two tank dive with Ian and Captain (can't remember his name, sorry). Had been with BID this past November and had to return. They picked us up at the Marriott dock, right on time. The gear was all ready. Ian checked our dive cards and off we went. One of the reasons we came back to BID was the great service and small number of divers on the boat. This am there were only six including Ian. We dove the Kennedy, then a nearby reef, both fairly shallow, which my wife prefers. Ian led the dive and at the same time let more experience divers do their own thing. I could'nt be more pleased with everyone and everythin at BID. The diving in St. Thomas is equal to the diving anywhere in the Caribean. We certainly recommend BID and plan to return and dive with them again. We returned by way of the Crown Bay Marina, had shower, bought a t-shirt, and had an excellent lunch nearby. We then took a taxi back through downtown for some shopping and back to the hotel. We'll be back! david
Name: Stephen Roberts
Visited from: Cedar Hills, Utah United States
Date: Mon May 9, 2005, 7:59 am
We really enjoyed our dives with you. The three newly certified divers we very comfortable with the dives. Thank you for taking the time to help them and make it a memorable experience. You guys were great.
Name: Chuck Simpson
E-Mail: csimpson48360@comcast.net
Visited from: Lake Orion, Michigan United States
Date: Wed May 4, 2005, 5:09 pm
I dove with Deirdre and Ian, Jimmy was the Captain. I got my dive certificate while I was in St. Thomas and then dove every day. It was great! Deirdre made the licensing painless and we saw some great stuff (turtles, nurse sharks, lobsters, a dolphin). We did some wrecks and some reefs. It was all good, but if you get a chance, ask to dive the Kennedy and see if they will take you out to the "Rockpile" (tipping Jimmy and the crew might help the cause)It's a longer trip but worth the extra time. The dive shop is conveniently located and there is a restaurant right there when you get off the boat. I highly recommend Blue Island.
Name: Larry Nolph
Visited from: Pittsburgh, Pa United States
Date: Mon May 2, 2005, 7:50 am
I dove for a week with Blue Island in April 2005. Ian was a great guide and Capt. Jimmy made the trip informative and fun. The sites were all awesome with lots to see (wrecks and aquatic life). The best caribbean diving I've had so far.
Name: Derek Thompson
E-Mail: Derek.Thompson@comcast.net
Visited from: Lunenburg, Massachusetts United States
Date: Tue Apr 26, 2005, 3:16 pm
Just got back from 4 days of diving with Blue Island Divers. Being new to diving I was a little wary at first, but after my referral dives were done I was ready and eager to go for more. Deirdre, James, Ian and Jimmy made diving extremely fun and they always acted professionally. The dive sites are fantastic, how often do you get to dive two 300 foot wrecks in as many days?!? Barefoot Diver is an awesome boat, plenty of room for everyone. If you're staying anywhere on St. Thomas make the trip to Crown Bay Marina to get wet with Blue Island Divers, you'll have a great time!
Name: Diane Blue
E-Mail: teak117@hotmail.com
Visited from: Las Vegas, NV United States
Date: Mon Apr 25, 2005, 9:56 am
My husband & I arrived on a cruise ship at the end of February. This was to be our first ocean dive and we had only 2 weeks earlier completed our advanced open water certification. We were excited and nervous because we didn't know what to expect. We were met at the dock and were so thrilled that we were the only two going out on the boat. Deidre was great. She made us feel so relaxed and helped us get properly weighted for our first ocean dive. It was such a nice, calm feeling. We thoroughly enjoyed both of our dives. Our boat captain (I apologize because I don't remember his name) was very helpful and enjoyable as well. When we make it back to St Thomas we will certainly be contacting Blue Island for diving. Thank you for the wonderful experience!
Name: Patti Parker
Visited from: Denver, Colorado United States
Date: Tue Apr 19, 2005, 11:07 am
My family took a diving/snorkeling trip with Blue Island and we had a fantastic time. Blue Island took care of all of our special requests, were fabulous about giving instruction, taking us on a snorleling tour while the others were diving and the site for diving was perfect. I could not say more about how much I loved this trip with Blue Island. I highly recommend them and would take another trip with them next time I visit the Caribbean.
Name: Thomas Kyelberg
E-Mail: usvi@charter.net
Visited from: Coos Bay ,Oregon United States
Date: Wed Apr 13, 2005, 8:37 pm
A message to anyone looking for a great dive....You may count yourself Lucky,If you take a trip with and get to Dive with Thomas Hightree.No one person knows better dive spots in the St,Thomas area,than Tom.I have put in more than 100 dives with him.He knows the waters and the great Lobster spots aswell. Good luck and Safe diving OWSI91890 Thomas Kyelberg P.S. Tom was my Instructor,when I started diving.back in early 90s.My love and respect of the sport comes from those experiences.
Name: maga
E-Mail: okemugu@yahoo.com
Visited from: ohio United States
Date: Sat Apr 9, 2005, 4:03 am
ilove this site
Name: Keith Connes
E-Mail: kconnes@cox.net
Visited from: Goleta, CA United States
Date: Fri Apr 1, 2005, 2:51 pm
I came off a cruise ship for a two-tank dive. Some operators seem to view cruise passengers as "not real divers" and give them second-class treatment. Not so here! The crew was friendly and helpful. The dives were good and I was free to do my own thing without over-zealous supervision. I would dive with them again, any time.
Name: Kanooga T. Ballpark - Swivvelhead
E-Mail: k.t.ballpark@ifaze.org
Visited from: St. Gullible (Y) United Kingdom
Date: Fri Apr 1, 2005, 6:49 am
I was really impressed by your excellent Diving tours. Hope to dive again soon. K
Name: Harold P. Toolshed
E-Mail: mega-invest@cockbadgers.co.uk
Visited from: Bummingham United Kingdom
Date: Thur Mar 31, 2005, 10:48 pm
Great and informative site. Thank you.
Name: Pam McMillan
Visited from: Newark, DE United States
Date: Thur Mar 31, 2005, 5:52 am
We dove with Blue Island early March 2005 and really enjoyed the experience. We were arriving on a cruise ship and they picked us up right at the dock, making it so easy. It was the best diving of our cruise, and Ian and crew were helpful, just excellent!
Name: Scott Dale
E-Mail: sdale@gibbonswhite.com
Visited from: Boulder, CO United States
Date: Tue Mar 29, 2005, 12:12 am
We had a great experience with Blue Island Divers. They were very accommodating to our family with two 12-year-old rookies and two experienced adults. They really paid close attention to the needs of our kids and helped them attain their open water status. The kids really enjoyed it and also learned a lot. BID went out of their way to make sure everything was smooth and enjoyable. I would recommend them highly to anyone diving in St. Thomas. Thanks, Scott
Name: Stu and Darlene Smith
E-Mail: canusa58@sbcglobal.net
Visited from: Olathe, Kansas United States
Date: Mon Mar 28, 2005, 6:11 pm
My husband and I did our Closed Water Dives and exam in Kansas in late February as we wanted to do our Open Water dives for our certification when we went on a cruise in March. We pased the Kansas part so went online to www.padi.com to find certified dive shops on the two islands we would visit, St. Thomas, USVI & St. Maarten. We found Blue Island Divers through the Padi website, sent them an email with a request to book our first 2 open water dives with them. We received a reply within hours. No problem, fill out the application form, and we had our reservation, which was fully refundable if we had inclement weather. Well, the night before we got to St. Thomas, I couldn't remember if we were diving in the morning or afternoon. So we ended up sleeping in until about 8:30 when I awoke & remembered my cell phone would work since it was the US Virgin Islands. I found their number and discovered we were scheduled for the morning dive and they had already been to the ship to get us. I thought we had just wasted $250 when I was told that they could still fit us in, after picking up another diver from the Marriott. We had our own instructor for the two of us and there were two other certified divers also on board. Ian, Kevin and Kevin were our dive master and crew and took us to two great dives, one a reef the other a sunken WW11-era barge. Ian was very helpful in explaining exactly the skills we would need to perform, what to expect on each dive and made sure we had very enjoyable and safe dives. The equipment was top notch, the boat beautiful, the weather to die for, and best of all, we passed the tests! If there was any downside to the whole experience, it was that we had to leave so soon. We will definitely be back to dive on St. Thomas again, and would not book anywhere else. You guys were great! PS: We passed the two tests the next day on St. Maarten and 5 days after returning home, our PADI certification cards were in the mail! Thanks again Stu and Darlene Smith
Name: Raymond Jaskowiak
E-Mail: thejazclub@adelphia.net
Visited from: Kenmore, New York United States
Date: Mon Mar 28, 2005, 3:50 pm
Our time with Blue Island Divers was the perfect complement to our cruise!! They picked us up right at the dock in the dive boat, and off we went for two great dives. The wreck of the Kennedy was an ordinary work barge, but the abundance of corals and marine life inhabiting the wreck more then made up for it. Upon entering the wreck, we came face to face with a 6ft barracuda! We saw two large green sea turtles and many types of reef fish. The second reef dive included many swim thrus and small caves, with fish hiding in each nook and cranny. Our dive guide was very friendly and helpful in pointing out the undersea landscape. The best part? While we waited for our diveboat, we watched 28 divers from the cruise ship get on another boat..... we had 5 divers in our group. NO CATTLEBOAT !!! Thanks for the memories..............
Name: John Boggia
Visited from: Manchester NH United States
Date: Mon Mar 28, 2005, 3:25 pm
Completed a couple of dives with you in Feb. Provided a good safe and comfortable dive profile. Enjoyed the dives.
Name: Richard Haw
Visited from: Newmarket United Kingdom
Date: Mon Mar 28, 2005, 1:04 pm
I booked two dives over the internet before leaving the UK for our Disney cruise not knowing what to expect. Well that isn't quite true as Blue Island Divers had been praised in an article in 'Diver' magazine and being a BSAC School made me think they must be OK. They didn't disappoint. It's late January and I'm now in the Caribean. Their hardboat met me at the quay from the cruise ship, they checked my qualification book and recent dives, my kit was ready and set up, they asked me where I wanted to dive- I told Ian(the guide)- he said no problem and off we went. With just one other visiting diver(Greg)we basically dived as a buddy pair going where we wanted. Compared to the group of 9 on the cruise ship organised dive the previous day it was heaps better in all respects. We dived the 'Tank Dive' and the'Kennedy Barge'(see their dive site guide). Saw Turtles, Lobsters, Crabs, big Sponges of all colours, Angel fish, Pipefish, Stingrays, Snapper, Garden Eels, Jawfish, Octopus, Barracuda, Conch and many others I wont pretend to know. I can't start to tell you the names of the multitude of hard and soft corals. For someone who has done 95% of his 100 dives diving in British waters the visibilty of 20-25m was out of this world and its better at other times of the year. On the boat their was plenty of water and the skipper(sorry I didn't make a note of your name)fed us with crackers and a pickled conch mix. If I go back to St Thomas I would definitely join up with them again, and if I go on a cruise again I would avoid the groups of very inexperienced and unprepared cruise divers. And finally being typically British and not at all used to tipping I totally forgot about giving the guys a tip when I left them on the quay all excited about what I had just seen. If you are heading their way go and join them
Name: James Bergh
E-Mail: jrbergh@msn.com
Visited from: Kansas City, KS United States
Date: Mon Mar 28, 2005, 9:35 am
Our party included 14, 15 and 18 year-old divers. Ian and his crew were patient with all of us and made the experience enjoyable. We were quite impressed. Thanks
Name: Dan E
Visited from: Phladelphia United States
Date: Mon Mar 28, 2005, 5:39 am
Thanks for a very efficient and professional dive experience, great boat, great crew, small groups, Ian was amazing in picking us up and dropping us off every day and thanks to Deirdre for great guided dives, when we come back to St. Thomas, only Blue Island Divers for us! thanks dan
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Name: David & Karen Duncan
E-Mail: karend@rocketmail.com
Visited from: Orem, UT United States
Date: Sun Mar 27, 2005, 8:10 am
We really enjoyed our dives with you. Your boat pickup was on time, small groups and DM's were knowledgeable and helpful. If we visit your island in the future, we will dive with you again.
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Name: Susan Denaro
E-Mail: beauster@optonline.net
Visited from: Smithtown, NY United States
Date: Sat Mar 26, 2005, 5:23 pm
Thank you for a wonderful time. We have never had such a pleasant diving experience. I would highly reccommend Blue Island Divers to anyone visiting St. Thomas. Our crew picked us up right alongside our cruise ship, had everything ready for us to go, and even brought along snacks between dives. We all felt comfortable and enjoyed both the reef and the wrecks we visited that day. Thanks so much for the time of our lives. We will definately see you on our next trip to St. Thomas!!!!!
Name: jerry stuckle
E-Mail: jerry_stuckle@yahoo.com
Visited from: Laramie/Wyoming United States
Date: Sat Mar 26, 2005, 5:19 pm
best wishes & regards
Name: Robert Wijbrandus
E-Mail: Wijbrandus@comcast.net
Visited from: Denver, Colorado United States
Date: Sat Mar 26, 2005, 8:58 am
Dove with Blue Island Divers in February of 2005. Very well organized operation. No rushing around at the last minute, we all had plenty of time to get our stuff together. Nice big boat, good DMs.
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Name: David Baylor
E-Mail: david_baylor@mhhs.org
Visited from: Houston, Texas United States
Date: Thur Mar 24, 2005, 12:07 am
Hey it's David from DMT class. I might be in St. Croix at the end of April, I'll call and try to catch a flight over, later.
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E-Mail: maga@mugu.com
Visited from: lome Togo
Date: Tue Mar 22, 2005, 4:40 pm
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Name: Chris Friedel
E-Mail: fladiver@gmail.com
Visited from: chritmas fl United States
Date: Wed Mar 16, 2005, 6:24 pm
Hi H its chris from our dmt course at dan!
Name: Fred Wallace
E-Mail: wallace_fred@hotmail.com
Visited from: Ontario Canada
Date: Sat Feb 19, 2005, 7:16 pm
My wife and I came in on a cruise ship the first week of February with not a lot of spare time allowed on shore. The Blue Island folks met us promptly after docking, whisked us right over to the shop, and had us on the water in no time. The dive boat setup and the fact that it was not crowded out allowed everybody to gear up without knocking each other over. Conditions were great and we did one wreck dive and one reef dive. The Master allowed everybody to freelance a bit but still kept a watchful eye. All in all, one of the best experiences we have had, and afterwards we were returned to the ship in plenty of time. Thanks to everyone and we WILL be back!
Name: Duane Nicolaysen
E-Mail: o2bduane@aol.com
Visited from: Salem, Oregon United States
Date: Fri Feb 18, 2005, 11:30 am
What a GREAT couple of dives! Although the sea was a tad rough and the weather not the best, the visibility was great and the sea life plentiful. The underwater topography was the best I have experienced anywhere. I appreciated that our dive guide gave us all the latitude we wanted to explore on our own, or stick with the rest of the group. Can't wait to visit St. Thomas and Blue Island Divers again. Thanks, Guys!
Name: Jennifer
E-Mail: jenanissa@hotmail.com
Visited from: Citrus Heights, CA United States
Date: Wed Feb 16, 2005, 8:32 am
I had a great time diving with Blue Island Divers! We did a wreck dive first, followed by a reef dive. This was my first ocean dive and it was a great experience. The crew was great; they were very helpful and friendly. I would definitely dive with them again! Thank you so much for a great dive! Sincerely, Jennifer
Name: Steve Lyons
E-Mail: slynos@erols.com
Visited from: Springfiled, VA United States
Date: Sat Jan 29, 2005, 10:38 am
I dove for five days (two tanks per day) with Blue Island Divers during the week of January 24, 2005. Your efforts, especially Ian and Beth, made my dive stay on Saint Thomas so memorable and pleasureable. You took good care of my equipment and were always prompt, and sometimes even a few minutes early, in picking me up at the hotel. And who could forget your Jeep Ian. You also allowed me, without any reservations or additional charge, to change my morning reservation to an afternoon one at the last minute so I could dive at sites more suitable to my skill level. You were always understanding of everyone's diving deficiencies, of which I am sure mine were many. You always chose interesting dive sites and most importantly, dive sites that were not being used by other divers, especially the cattle boats. Your knowledge of not only the dive sites, but also of the history of the islands, was most informative and helpful in enhancing my dive experience. A family that dove at the same time I did on several days said on several occasions how professional your operation was (I agree) and how nicely they were treated (me too), especially the father who spoke of Beth in glowing terms for having gotten him to reduce the amount of weight he used by 50%. All in all I had a great week of diving, in large measure because of your efforts. When I return to Saint Thomas, you can rest assured that I would only dive with Blue Island Divers. The only disappointment of my dive trip was that Blue Island Diver's air compressor was broken during my entire stay and thus I could not get any Nitrox (their Nitrox station is one of only a few on the island). However, it was no fault of Blue Island Divers that it was not fixed as "H", the owner, made Herculean efforts to get the needed parts to fix the machine. The parts supplier simply would not cooperate. This is just one more instance of where Blue Island Divers made every effort to make their divers' experience a good one.
Name: Rita M. Ippoliti
E-Mail: kry.os@verizon.net
Visited from: Philadelphia, PA United States
Date: Wed Jan 19, 2005, 9:32 pm
I arranged to do my first two open water dives in advance by email with your organization. As promised, I was met right on the cruise ship dock and then driven back to the dock after the dives. I went with Ian and he was a joy to work with. He helped me to relax and to enjoy the dives, while at the same time learning quite a bit on each one. The next day (in St. Maarten) I was able to build upon those two dives and complete my second two for certification as an open water diver. I look forward to my next cruise, and the chance to dive with you again. Thanks again! Blue skies and gentle currents! --rita
Name: Charlie Chaffin
E-Mail: charliechaffin@hotmail.com
Visited from: Salem, Oregon United States
Date: Wed Jan 5, 2005, 11:31 am
I set up my diving by web and e-mail. I was picked up on the dock next to my cruise ship as arranged and had 2 wonderful dives. Thank You.
Name: Kevin Eddy
E-Mail: kevin@dkeddy.com
Visited from: Albuquerque United States
Date: Sun Jan 2, 2005, 8:52 pm
I was in charge of coordinating the dives for a group of divers cruising on the Disney Magic at Christmas time. Our arrival in St. Thomas on Christmas day was a bit of a concern, but though email communications that was one fear put to rest. Great communications and answers to the questions. Our group was a mix of experienced divers, teens and a couple of divers just out of certification. Ean, your DM did an excellent job of dive briefing for both dives. Your offering of Nitrox was a welcome plus as was the ability of the divers to dive their own profile. I like to have some guidence in undived waters, but don't like being forced up with 1400psi because some newbie sucks his tank down in record time. Great job to all!! We WILL be diving with you again!
Name: Hilary
E-Mail: OreDen@aol.com
Visited from: Vancouver, WA United States
Date: Sat Jan 1, 2005, 2:45 pm
We dove with Blue Island on December 25 and had an amazing experience. Your boat picked us up at the cruise ship dock right on time, and we had about 10 divers total on the boat. After watching the cruise ship "cattle boat" depart with around 50 people onboard, we were thrilled we booked with you. The first dive was on the Navy Barges, a dive that I had requested, and it was a blast. The swim throughs were loads of fun and the wrecks were incredible. The second dive was an aquarium type dive and we had a great time cruising around looking at all the life on the reef. We look forward to returning to St. Thomas for a week's vacation sometime in the future, and plan to book all our dives with Blue Island. Thanks for the fabulous service.
Name: John Jackson & Carol Everette
E-Mail: rustydogg6@aol.com
Visited from: Merritt Island, Fl United States
Date: Mon Dec 13, 2004, 12:57 am
John & I arrived by cruise ship on 12/17/2004. We had an awesome 2-tank dive and were lucky enough to be the only divers so we had the ultimate experience. The diving was excellent once again and we were well taken care of. We hope to return again next year!!!!!!!!
Name: Peter Moeller
E-Mail: ptmoeller@aol.com
Visited from: Oakland, NJ United States
Date: Tue Dec 7, 2004, 8:30 am
My friend and I went diving with BID the first week in November. Everything was set up before our trip, and we were told to be on the dock at Frenchman's Reef at 9:15. Much to my surprise, they were there by 9:00. They seem to run on real time, not island time, if you know what I mean, because they were at the dock each morning a bit ahead of schedule. So we got to the dive sites early, and encountered other boats only one other time during our three days diving. The sites were varied enough so that out of six total dives, we didn't feel like things were too repititious. The nice thing was that, since we were comfortable being on our own, we didn't have to stay tethered to the group. Ian kept an eye on everyone, and had solid briefings on board pre-dive, so with your own computer, you could map out your own course. The boat and equipment was all well maintained, with change overs between dives handled quickly. A real plus was that the shop would take your equipment overnignt, rinse and store it, and have it ready for the next morning. A real plus that avoids having dripping suits, etc. scattered all over the hotel room. We also didn't have to carry it up the long stair climb back to the hotel. I would look forward to diving with this operation anytime I am back in St. Thomas.
Name: Roger Digmon
E-Mail: rdigmon@bellsouth.net
Visited from: Thomasville, AL United States
Date: Mon Dec 6, 2004, 7:23 pm
From booking to completion of our dive the experience with BID was great and hassle free. We were met at the dock by our guide and had just a short ride to the dive boat. It took just a few minutes to complete the paper work and the crew already had our BC's on tanks. I have an 11 year old diver so I couldn't take him deeper than 40 feet. BID was very accomidating to make sure we stayed above the reef. The dive site was chosen in advance so that we cold see as much interesting stuff as we coould at the shallower depth. Our first dive site was a reef with lots of different types of coral. We saw plenty of fish, one of the other divers saw eels, but we didn't. We had a bottom time on this dive of 38 minutes at a max depth of 49 ft. We had te opportunity of going through the reef which we both enjoyed especially my son. The second dive was over two barges. they had been there a long timeso they had lots of growth on them. there were more fish around this structure than the reef. It was fun to explore the inside of the barges. We had a bottom time of 48 minutes on this dive at a maximum depth of 41 feet. We really enjoyed the outing with BID. We plan to go back when my youngest diver is able to explore deeper. Thanks a lot guys, Roger
Name: Robert A. Duncan
E-Mail: RAD65FB@aol.com
Visited from: Va. Beach / Virginia United States
Date: Mon Dec 6, 2004, 4:58 pm
We dove with BID Oct.21 2004 on a day starting off with fairly heavy rain. Called shop to see if dive was still on & they said absolutely. Good way to start being very positive & hey I was looking to get wet anyway. Capt.Jimmy & Ian the DM picked us up at dock which is a sweet deal that not everyone makes. We dove the WIT Concrete 1st where the sea was really rolling, but no current or surge once you dropped under. 60ft viz & 82 bottom temp at close to 100ft. We dove Horseshoe reef for 2nd dive with 80ft viz and 84 bottom temps at 50ft. Ian allowed great latitude for diving your own profile,but since we are newbies we kept within sight. Capt Jimmy was quick to set up & change over gear which I normally do for myself,but he always beat me to it. Only had 7 divers plus Ian & The Barefoot Diver had plenty of room. Will definitly dive with BID again when in St.Thomas.
Name: Gage Hotchkiss
E-Mail: gagehotchkiss@hotmail.com
Visited from: Boston / MA United States
Date: Mon Dec 6, 2004, 3:44 pm
Dove with BID's six straight days. Never visited the same site twice. I dove at two other operations in St Thomas previosily, both were good, but BID's was by far the best!!! They dive sites no else does including some amazing wrecks. Caliber of other divers was much higher than other operations and the dive masters gave us great leyway to maximize our dive profile. Anyone who uses the Cruise Ship recommended operation are fools. They are nothing but cattle cars. Thanks guys, you are the best.
Name: George Vella
E-Mail: george.vella@verizon.net
Visited from: Fountain Valley, California United States
Date: Mon Dec 6, 2004, 11:18 am
Perfect Island Diving We arrived via cruise ship and were met at the bow of our ship. This was a short three-minute walk. Talk about convenience! The ride to the first site was swift and smooth. The wreck M/V WIT Concrete was easily visible from the surface and the free decent was a pleasure. Visibility at 100 plus feet and temperature at depth was 84 degrees. No current. Conditions do not get any better. The majority of my 18 years of diving are in California waters. Pleasurable but demanding at times. Explored the wreck from top to bottom, bow to aft. 100 foot maximum depth and total bottom time of 34 minutes. On to site two. This was a finger reef site. Lots of color supplied by the local inhabitants. Numerous varieties of coral. Again, excellent visibility in calm, warm water. One-hour bottom time at a max depth of 50 feet. Surfaced feeling great! After being dropped of at the cruise ship I realized I had left my fins on the dive-boat Barefoot Diver. A call to the dive shop and arrangements were made to deliver the forgotten fins to the dock. Now this is customer service. Thanks guys. George Vella Fountain Valley, California USA george.vella@verizon.net
E-Mail: davidel57@juno.com
Visited from: BAYTOWN, TX United States
Date: Mon Nov 29, 2004, 10:23 am
We did a Sunday morning lobster dive. The ride out and back was a bit bumpy. The first site was a terrific dive site just off Savanna island west of St. Thomas. The site was called Rock Pile and the terrain was a pile of rocks. It was a beautiful dive site. I would love to dive it again just for the dive. Depth was 75' and less. Vis was 80 or more. There was a slight current. The dive master knew just where the lobsters would be. Lucky I was with him. They provided what we needed to lasso the bugs from behind. The DM's experience helped us cull and release the female and bag the keepers. It wasn't easy! The DM, myself, and another diver brought back 6 from the 1st dive. Saw a shark, turtle, and a large variety of carribean fish, large and small, while looking for lobsters. We surfaced, did our surface interval and moved to another location called Motherload on the other side of the island. Vis was half the 1st dive and not nearly as interesting but we did get another large lobster. Long bumpy ride back to Frenchmen's Reef dock where we stayed. They gave me a container to carry my lobsters back to the room where we iced them down in the bathtub until dinner. The chef at the Blue Havanna (at the Marriott Morningstar Resort) had agreed to prepare them if we brought some back. The newly opened restaurant had never done that before and the waitstaff was buzzing about it. The chef seemed truly excited when we told him to "do his own thing" with the lobsters. Our 25th anniversary day, dive & dinner couldn't have been more excellent or memorable. I highly recommend Blue Island and the Marriott Resort. We plan to return and do more diving there. David Ellis, davidel57@juno.com
Name: garry
E-Mail: lochmore@lochmore.karoo.co.uk http://www.geocities.com/beverleybeck
Visited from: beverley United Kingdom
Date: Thur Nov 18, 2004, 5:26 pm
cool site!
Name: greengrass
E-Mail: beechmarineuk@uboot.com http://www.geocities.com/beechmarine
Visited from: hull United Kingdom
Date: Thur Nov 18, 2004, 5:25 pm
Very good site
Name: Beth
E-Mail: eem@northupmcconnell.com
Visited from: Asheville, NC United States
Date: Sun Nov 14, 2004, 8:02 am
My husband and I had a great time with Blue Island Divers. This was my first open water dive. Ian was great performing certification review and testing me. Now that I have my certification I look forward to diving with Blue Island divers again!!
Name: Andrew Turner
E-Mail: andrewhturner@yahoo.com
Visited from: Alexandria, Virginia United States
Date: Mon Nov 1, 2004, 5:30 pm
What a great day of diving!! I was very impressed with the service and politeness of the crew and dive master. I will be back! - Andrew
Name: Darry & Ted Conner
E-Mail: darry.conner@duke.edu
Visited from: Durham, NC United States
Date: Mon Nov 1, 2004, 9:46 am
We were with Blue Island from Oct 22-28, 2004. Great bunch of folks. Lots of good dives, nice boat.
Name: Pam and Jerrad Long
E-Mail: misspoohbear77@aol.com
Visited from: Riverside, California United States
Date: Sat Oct 23, 2004, 8:19 am
St. Thomas diving was beautiful. We couldn't believe the warmth of the water! We wish someone would have told us a "boat" would pick us up at the cruise ship rather than a car because we almost missed our dives! We were waiting on the street looking for a van! All we were told was we would be "picked up." We wish the divemaster also knew a little more history about our dives and the island. I guess he was new. The dives were still great, thanks!
Name: Dave
E-Mail: http://www.scubadivingplanet.com
Visited from: Atlanta United States
Date: Wed Oct 20, 2004, 8:20 pm
Nice looking place. Hope to visit sometime! Dave from Scuba Diving Planet
Name: Bob Dickson
E-Mail: rhdiii@verizon.net
Visited from: Allison Park, PA United States
Date: Mon Oct 18, 2004, 7:35 pm
Another great week of dives with Blue Island. Last week was my 4th trip diving with your shop, and it continues to be a great experience. We started off with my favorite dive, the WIT Shoal then threw in a couple of dives at French Cap later in the week. Great dives and great people to dive with. Thanks. See you next time.
Name: Elizabeth
Visited from: Fremont, California United States
Date: Mon Oct 18, 2004, 8:27 am
Thank you for making the best of a rough day at sea. We arrived on a cruise ship between the hurricanes to find 6-9 ft swells - I was never so glad to see you arrive with your small group of divers as when I saw the cruise ship arranged pontoon boat loading its 20+ divers! We hope to spend more time at St. Thomas in the future and look forward to diving with you again. Thanks also for going out of your way to send me some of that great "pink" mask defog!
Name: Duane Johnson
Visited from: Naperville, IL United States
Date: Mon Oct 18, 2004, 8:20 am
I really enjoyed diving with Blue Island Divers on my vacation to St. Thomas in September 2004. Deirdre was a great guide. The thing I liked most was that there was no hand holding and I was allowed to dive my own profile. The staff was extremely knowledgable about the wrecks we dove on. I will only use Blue Island Divers when I go back to St. Thomas. Thanks again. Duane
Name: Jill Foltyn
E-Mail: sinister9128@hotmail.com
Visited from: Lawrence, KS United States
Date: Wed Sep 15, 2004, 11:55 pm
While I haven't dived with your company, I do know Deirdre from our hometown. E-mail me girl!!! She is an awesome girl and I am not surprised by the praises she has gotten. Wonderful website and many wishes of luck in the future.
Name: Andrew S Katz
E-Mail: katzas@nu.com
Visited from: Rockville, MD United States
Date: Mon Sep 13, 2004, 12:48 am
My wife and I dove w/ Blue Island on August 18. We were picked up at the cruise ship dock and taken on two very nice dives -- the Kennedy barge and Sprat Point. Divemaster Deidre was low key, but helpful. She gave good pre-dive orientations, but did not insist we follow her in the water. Saw a very large sea turtle inside the Kennedy and a smaller one on top of the wreck. The swim throughs at Sprat were fun. Although we were cruise ship divers, we were treated well. Can't beat their pick up and drop off from cruise ship dock. A friend had recommended going w/ Aqua Safari, but we chose Blue Divers because we liked the "vibes" from the website. We wer not dissapointed.
Name: Mary Lou Nichols
E-Mail: mnich2002@aol.com
Visited from: Quincy, MA 02169 United States
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 4:01 PM
Thanks again to Blue island Divers for picking us up last wednesday at St thomas from the cruise ship Zuiderdamn.. We stayed for a week in Jan 2004 at Island View and had the best experinece with Blue Island Divers ..We didn't have to think twice about calling and booking this trip Jimmy and Deidre took us to the Kennedy Barge to see the 2 resident turtles and the second dive also full of small creatures and 2 turtles We hope to go back in Jan 2005 for a week . Mary Lou and Michael Nichols
Name: Darryl Hahn
E-Mail: dcthahn@comcast.net
Visited from: Dublin, Ca United States
Date: Monday, August 23, 20045:29 PM
Although I was on a cruise ship, I did not book with the dive shop used by the cruise line, but went with Blue Island Divers. I found them on the internet. I corresponded via email and concluded they were the ones for my son and I. We were picked up and left off at the dock where our ship was berthed. It couldn't have been more convienient. A big plus for me was the total time consumed completing the dives. We were back at the ship by 12:30, with time to go to town. Can't say that about the other ports. No time left for town. I hope I will be able to go back some day and dive with Blue Water Divers again. Great dives. Finally got to see several sea turtles!
Name: Anne Durant
E-Mail: durantmin@aol.com
Visited from: Birmingham, AL United States
Date: Thur Jul 22, 2004, 8:11 am
My husband and I are still relatively new divers. We only had one day we could dive while visiting St. Thomas, and just wanted something easy and beautiful. Our previous experiences were all challenging in some way (strong currents, low visability, etc.) After speaking with Deirdre on the phone, we were confident that we would have a great time with Blue Island. We were picked up right at the Marriott dock. Talk about convenient. Analyzed our tanks (nitrox available with Blue Island) and were off to the Winchell wreck. Our first wreck dive and we LOVED it! Deirdre and James - Thanks for your winning hospitality, warmth and generosity. It was our BEST time ever diving. We certainly hope to return, and wouldn't think of looking anywhere else in St. Thomas other than Blue Island!

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