St. Thomas Scuba - beginner Excursion Reviews
Discover Scuba Diving, ST67. I'm a certified diver, but I went along with my novice wife. This was her second Discover Scuba dive, the first one was earlier on the Allure. Last time she was really not comfortable because she felt overwhelmed with all the safety and instructional material, and ended up not completing the course. This time, her instructor was REALLY great, he spent a lot of time just alleviating her fears and made her so much at ease that she was able to dive down to 20-25' depth! Note: this course does not start in the pool as stated in the Shore Excursions brochure.
they took us to buck Island to dive a small reef and ship wreck. it was amazing how pretty it was even though we could not complete the dive because our ear's would not adjust the the depth. we snorkeled most of the way. the crew was great and let my wife drive the boat some of the way back. we do recommend under water safari's
My husband went scuba diving for the very first time and loved it. The emphasis was on safety. All equipment and instruction were provided. The cost was $109. My husband had a terrific time.
We went to Coki Beach to learn PADI (scuba) diving - it was fabulous. Great beach for the others in your party to hang out on, and the dive center was well equipped and affordable. The cab ride was around $9 per person from the cruise port each way. You could rent snorkel gear for $10. 2 beach lounges w/umbrella was $20 for the day. They sell soda/snacks/lunch and gift shop items on the beach. The water is perfect, no rocks - calm (it's an inlet) and gorgeous. IT was pretty crowded but fun and casual. Loved the COKI Beach dive shop personnel - super friendly and accommodating. Coral World is adjacent but we didn't go there.
Magen's Bay- awesome! Really cheap cab ride ($7 or so) to a national park with a protected inlet again for swimming. You can rent a chair and even get a slice of pizza. Great vibe, gorgeous calm waters to swim in - we even saw sea turtles there.
As for the SCUBA diving, it was very fantastic!!!! We had a crash course and then, went on a boat where they split the group into 4 groups of 4-5 people. An instructor then takes specificaly care of his group and make sure they are set to go. In our group, a girl couldn't ajust her hears while going down and the trainer had to take care of her for around 10 minutes. During this period, her boyfriend, my wife and myself were 20-30 feets under and were panicking a bit... you know, first time you breath with a tank is not obvious for the first couple of minutes. I don't think the trainer should have left us by ourself at this time and luckily, my wife and I managed our feelings and we finally ended up having one of our best excursion of our life! Sometimes, you have to go beyond your comfort zone and this is what made this experience exceptionnal. I invite everyone to try this excusion but just make sure you don't loose your trainer if you are with someone having issues... On the other side, I understand that he did his best to have everyone on board but it could have become a nightmare if either my wife or myselft wouldn't have been able to stay in the bottom for 10 minutes wainting by ourselves...
They got my son certified with the beginner PADI Scuba Diver in only 1 day. Really terrific service.