Its no surprise, ok maybe to some, that St Croix offers world-class Scuba diving right here in the United States Virgin Islands. You’ll find reefs, wrecks, walls and piers right off our shores. Whether you’re an experienced PADI-certified diver or you are interested in trying it out for the first time, St Croix will get you hooked. It did for me! Read about my first night dive.
St Croix is surrounded by the longest continuous living reef in all of the Caribbean and offers 72 moored dive sites. Most diving on St Croix is done off of the North Shore, outside Christiansted Harbor, at Salt River and out West (Frederiksted). The island sits on the edge of the continental shelf, most notably at Cane Bay where the kick-out on a shore dive is only about 300 yards, drop to 30 feet, swim out a little and you can look over the edge that drops to almost 14,000 feet. Not too shabby!
St Croix Rated 1 of the 10 Best Shore Dive Locations in the World
~ Scuba Diving Magazine Aug, 2011
The Cane Bay Wall offers a great array of sponges, sea fans, fishes and the occasional pod of dolphins or reef sharks. (on a rare occasion in the winter Humpback whales can be seen or heard just off shore as well). On the West End there are 5 wrecks just offshore that are teeming with life and can be easily explored. And then there’s the Frederiksted Pier – my favorite dive site! Again, an easy shore dive that brings you immediately to a spectacular macro dive, especially at night, where you will see frogfish, lobster, seahorses and much more.
Not a Scuba diver but think you may want to try it out? All of our local dive operators offer resort dives, aka “Discover Scuba” classes. You will be diving in up to 40-feet of water in just a few hours. If you like it, this dive will count as your first “open water” scuba dive in your quest for certification! Because of the crystal blue waters and reefs that rival “Finding Nemo” its no wonder that the Virgin Islands has many Scuba diving schools.
Who do we love? PADI Certified Scuba Dive Operators:Cane Bay Dive Shop
PADI 5-Star Dive Center located directly across the beach from St Croix's famed "Wall" dive site. Get your tanks and dive equipment or rent snorkeling gear. Offering both shore and boat dives. Discover more
Caribbean Sea Adventures
Caribbean Sea Adventures specializes in small group tours and private charters to Buck Island. With 6 boats to choose from they can customize your trip to match your idea of the perfect day on the water. Offering public and private charters, Discover more
In 2004, owner Michelle Pugh was inducted into the “Woman Divers Hall of Fame”. Boat dives out of Christiansted Harbor. Offering dive training from Discover SCUBA to Open Water SCUBA Instructor. 340 773-3307| M-Sa 8AM-6PM; Sundays Discover more
N2 The Blue Dive Shop
A great place to rent tanks and snorkel equipment if you plan to dive the Frederiksted Pier or another West End site. They carry a wide range of Mares, XS Scuba and Neosport Diving Gear! Next to XS Scuba, Mares & Neosport diving gear. They Discover more
St Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures
St Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures aka SCUBA is known as the "Friendliest Dive Shop on Earth". This PADI certified dive shop offers boat dives, SCUBA certification classes and "Discover SCUBA" or "resort dives" that can get you in the water up Discover more