Tag: Diving

Descend into a whimsical world where what looks like rocks are really living creatures, where schools of fish come dressed in rainbow-colored uniforms and where beautiful flowers play hide and seek with other sea life. 

If you think the U.S. Virgin Islands offers only sun, sand and sea, you're missing half the fun – the undersea world is as easy to access as the islands themselves and equally as exciting. 

The many reefs which rim the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John offer countless hours of underwater exploration for both beginning and experienced divers. Rock-like coral heads ar e actually mini-ecosystems housing a rich mix of fish. Several shops sell water-proof booklets that aid in identifying undersea flora and fauna. Divers have an advantage over snorkelers in being able to descend deeper and see spectacular sunken gardens at the bottoms of dramatic drop-offs. Visibility is excellent, up to 120' in many locales. Even night dives are spectacular when nocturnal sea creatures voraciously lap up microscopic morsels with their tendril-like tongues.

Diving in the U.S. Virgin Islands is easy, enjoyable and offers something for everyone. There's no need to be an excellent swimmer, just comfortable around the water and in general good health. Beginner s will find conditions excellent – warm and calm seas, great visibility and much to see starting at just 20' to 30' – for short resort or full certification courses. For experienced divers, there are some 58 dive sites accessible by beach or boat, to reefs or wrecks, during daytime or at night.

To get air tanks, rent equipment, obtain air fills and join others on guided tours, divers must show their C-card – certification of training card – from a recognized international program.

Most U.S. Virgin Island dive operators offer full certification courses. These are intensive 32- to 40-hour open-water trainings can be accomplished in as little as 3 very full days. However, dive operators usually recommend that dive students do their book and basic pool work at home, then transfer from their home instructor to Virgin Islands to finish up their four open-water dives and complete qualifications for C-card. Minimum age for PADI instruction is 12 and certification must be upgraded at age 15.

Two- to three-hour “resort” courses are available for sampling the sport of diving. These short classes, which do not count towards certification, start out in shallow water in a pool or off a beach, then progress to a short 30 to 40 foot dive.

Buying dive packages offers the advantage of be assured a seat on a dive boat, especially important in-season from December through April. Packages vary in price, depending on if instruction is included or other amenities like a combo- hotel, villa, condo or guest house rental is part of the deal too. However generally, packages do help to reduce the cost of individual dives.

St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures

Long time island residents, owners Molly and Ed Buckley head up the team of professional instructors and dive-masters that work to make your diving vacation a wonderful one. While our boats are the two largest dive boats on the island, We limit the numbers aboard so that each and every diver receives the personalized service…

N2 The Blue St. Croix

We specializes in small group diving, with a maximum of 6 divers per boat. Whether from our custom dive boats, or going right off the Frederiksted Pier, our personalized experience and unlimited bottom time makes us an excellent choice. Our dive shop is in front of the Frederiksted cruise ship pier, and the closest shop…

Dive Experience St. Croix

Our name says it all! Our dive masters and instructors have years of experience scuba diving and dive training in our beautiful Caribbean waters. Whether you are new to diving or a veteran scuba diver, you’ll appreciate the professionalism at Dive Experience. Located at 1111 Strand Street, Downtown Christiansted, Established November 1983. We became St.…

Cane Bay Dive Shop St. Croix

Dive St. Croix when you want to. Scheduled and unscheduled dives go out daily. Our standard dive shop hours are 8 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Upon request, we can do anything from sunrise dives to full moon midnight dives. With several locations, we are largest full service Scuba and Snorkel Center…

Blue Island Divers

We are the premier dive center for St. Thomas. We cater for all SCUBA divers and their families, from Cruise Ship SCUBA Divers to St. Thomas SCUBA Diving Stay-Dive Packages, Rendezvous Diving and Mega-Yacht SCUBA Divers. We are the leading dive center for Nitrox on St. Thomas, both Nitrox Training, and provision of Nitrox diving…

St. Thomas Diving Club

We are a PADI 5-star IDC center offering boat dives twice daily along with night diving on your schedule. Snorkelers are welcome to join us on our afternoon dive adventures. If you’re interested in becoming certified as a scuba diver you can complete the PADI E-Learning program and our staff of instructors will be able…

Red Hook Dive Center

A full service PADI dive shop offering multi-levels of dive instruction, daily morning and afternoon scuba dive excursions, private charters, rental gear, air/Nitrox fills, equipment service/repair, snorkel and dive accessories. All trip prices include equipment. We are located on the east end of St. Thomas in Red Hook, at the American Yacht Harbor and the…

Coki Beach Dive Club

A PADI GOLD PALM RESORT, SDI Center and UNIVERSAL REFERRAL CENTER, offers quality scuba dive courses, guided dive tours for beginners and for certified divers, beach diving, boat diving, and dive classes for kids. Our rates are very reasonable. You can compare them with any other school and see the difference. We are fully committed…

Low Key Water Sports

Welcome to Low Key Water Sports located just steps from the main ferry dock in Cruz Bay, St. John! We invite you to join us on one of our daily scuba diving or snorkeling tours and discover why St. John is more fun UNDER the water. A PADI five-star IDC facility, we can teach you…

Cruz Bay Scuba Diving

We offer 2 tank, 2 location dives for certified divers everyday of the year. The boats depart at 8:30 and return at 12:30. In the afternoon, we offer Intro To Scuba, single tank dives and snorkel tours. The boats depart at 1:15 returning around 4:30, every day. Reservations are recommended as we operate by self-imposed…