1. alien nation
An excellent deep reef dive, this site starts in about 50' of water and slides down the reef to nearly 110'. This dive has a great variety of coral and sponge life, including some vase sponges about 5' tall. Alien Nation also offers all the best of St. Croix's reef life including spotted drums, trumpetfish, trunkfish, cowfish, and beautiful angelfish.
2. tide bottle
A great dive for all skill levels, this site ranges in depth from 40'-100'. It is a beautiful sloping reef dive with a couple of resident moray eels and a hawksbill turtle. With the wide range in depth, there is plenty of opportunity to see a variety of Caribbean sea life including lobsters, reef fish, corals, sea fans and anemones.
One of our favorite reef dives! A shallower reef dive of 30'-40' this dive is known for its many species of marine life and it's resident nurse sharks! Just as it's name suggests, it's very much like a clear and pristine aquarium and is a photographer favorite. There are many coral heads all over this reef making for an excellent variety in colors and a lot of opportunities to view macro life. This extraordinary site is perfect for beginner and advanced divers alike.
4. FREDERIKSTED PIER
One of the top macro dives anywhere! Scattered ruins are coral encrusted and provide habitat for many types of shallow sea life. This dive is the best place to view sea horses and frogfish! Frederiksted Pier is also an excellent photo dive with views octopus, golden eyed shrimp, parrot fish and eels. An excellent dive for beginners or advanced divers at a max dept of only 35 feet.
5. spanish anchor
Improve your navigational skills by finding the anchor!! Shallow depth to 25-40' makes this an excellent site to increase your navigational skills or as a second shallow dive. A historical artifact of St. Croix, the Spanish Galleon Anchor lies in about 30' of water and is broken in two piece on the ocean floor. This site has coral fingers separated by sand which help to create several grooves in the reef making for lots of hiding places for nurse sharks, eels, and turtles.
A beautiful coral reef dive with a long stretching reef line, perfect for viewing sting rays and grass eels in the sand. This reef is teeming with fish life including parrotfish, wrasse, damsels, butterflyfish, snappers filefish and so many more. Gliding across the reef you may even be lucky enough to spot a sea turtle and maybe some moray eels too!
A local favorite and the best chance of seeing reef sharks on the west side of St. Croix. This site is made up of the remains of the original Frederiksted Pier that were destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The remains of the pilings were gathered up and dropped off in 60'-100' of water and have made a great artificial reef perfect for shark encounters.
8. shallow wrecks at butler bay
A wreck dive for all skill levels, this site has three wrecks to see, the Suffolk Maid, the Northwind, and NOAA's HydroLab. The Suffolk Maid is a NorthSea Trawler the was wrecked against the Frederiksted Pier during a hurricane and was later scuttled in 1985. The Northwind was named after Mel Fisher's salvage tug and was used in the TV movie "Dreams of Gold -- The Mel Fisher Story" and is a great wreck for photography with its wheelhouse sitting in 20' of water. NOAA's HydroLab was built and put in St. Croix waters in 1966 and housed up to 4 divers at a time and was able to conduct about 180 missions altogether, and about 80 of them were here on St. Croix. It was decommissioned 1985 and added to the shallow wrecks in Butler Bay.
9. deep wrecks at butler bay
Voted USA Today's Top Caribbean Dive Site of 2018, this dive consists of two wrecks, the freighter, Rosa Maria and a tug boat, The Coakley Bay. A near perfect deep wreck dive! The Rosa Maria is a 177' steel freighter that was purposely sunk in 1986 after she capsized while unloading her cargo of cinder blocks. She was relocated to Butler Bay shortly thereafter and sits in 70'-110' of water. The Coakley Bay was an oil refinery tug boat and was the most recently sunk boat in St. Croix, sitting in about 70'-55' of water with a resident school of spade fish circling the wreck. A wreck dive favorite.
10. The WALL AT CANE BAY
Wonderful beach dive!! Wall diving depth is 30'-18,000'! This wall dive is right off the Puerto Rican Trench, the second deepest trench in the world. Beautiful corals, including black coral, create a garden which can be viewed at 30'. This is a great spot to spot small caribbean reef sharks. Also massive schools of black durgon, tangs and a numerous amount of damsels inhabit the water above the reef. This area is teeming with fish and wildlife. You'll likely also run into one of the resident green sea turtles resting and eating off the reef. If you choose this beach dive you can also enjoy relaxing on the beach in between dives.
Dive Site Map and Information Source Citation"St. Croix SCUBA Dive Sites", Villa Dawn at Cane Bay Beach, St. Croix, USVI. http://vialdddawn.com/st_croix/scuba/st_croix/dive/sites.htm, July 23, 2015, pgs. 1---3. www.gotostcroix.com/st-croix-dive-sites/
Some Site Work on Dive sites done by Mandy Gibson.
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