Snorkeling Around Christiansted

On an island renowned for offering some of the best snorkeling in the region, the north shore is often noted for its exceptional underwater landscape.  As a town set along the north coast, Christiansted is a great home base for those who plan to spend their vacation on St. Croix exploring under the sea.

What is is about Christiansted that attracts snorkelers?  Not only are the beaches great with their calm waters, black coral beds, and unique sponges, but from this town there is easy access to one of the largest living coral reefs in the region, a wall that begins in 25 feet of water and drops down to 13,200 feet, and a snorkeling trail on Buck Island.  

All of this means that you can rent a snorkel kit for around $20(USD) a day and stick to the beaches, or you can sign up for a snorkeling tour.  A few local watersports operations including dive centers offer this opportunity, as do some boat charters.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you're ready to experience what's down below you might want to visit Mermaid Beach. Beginners will find the snorkeling to be best from them right from the beach, but if you swim out a bit there is even more to be seen underwater here. This snorkeling site is located a short distance away East-Northeast of central Christiansted.

Take a look at the following table to learn more about 7 of the most popular locations to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Christiansted
Site Location Island
Gallows Bay 0.2 mi. Northeast of Downtown Christiansted Protestant Cay
Sugar Beach 1.1 mi. West-Northwest of Downtown Christiansted St. Croix
Mermaid Beach 1.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted St. Croix
Hibiscus Beach 2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Christiansted St. Croix
Punnett Bay 1.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted St. Croix
Tamarind Reef 2.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted St. Croix
Chenay Bay 2.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Christiansted St. Croix

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Big Beard's Adventure Tours

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you should consider Big Beard's Adventure Tours. Big Beard's Adventure Tours take regular trips over to Buck Island and the reef nearby for snorkeling and diving trips. The protected environment is a perfect place to catch a glimpse of colorful marine life and the thriving tropical ecosystem.

Another option to investigate is Bilinda Charters. Sail aboard Zulu, a 36' Albin Sailing Sloop with Captain Dee, a woman with 11 years of experience sailing along the North Coast of St. Croix, 25 years as a licensed captain, and 40 years as a resident of the island. She holds a 100 ton Master's License. They're situated in downtown Christiansted.

Still another option is Jolly Roger Charters. Jolly Roger Charters offers to take guests out into the sea for a day mixed with excitement and calm relaxing. Guests will be able to choose whether they want to travel to Buck Island or to East End, both options specializing in different kinds of activities.

Some key facts about boat operators that provide snorkeling can be found below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Christiansted
Name Phone Location
Big Beard's Adventure Tours (340) 773-4482 Downtown Christiansted
Bilinda Charters (340) 514-2270 Downtown Christiansted
Jolly Roger Charters (340) 513-2508 Downtown Christiansted

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to contact Caribbean Sea Adventures. If you're intrigued by the thought of snorkeling the Buck Island Reef, this tour operator can get you there. They offer daily trips at an affordable rate, led by a staff that is knowledgeable and friendly. They are located in downtown Christiansted.

A second place worth knowing about is St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventure. They call their snorkelers Bubble Watchers, and allow them to come along when they go out for dive. Snorkelers should know that they typically moor in waters that are 25 or more feet deep.

A third option is Cane Bay Christiansted. Snorkeling tours with this operator take place along the North Shore, leaving daily from the Divi Carina Bay Resort. They're found within downtown Christiansted.

A few details regarding 4 places that provide services related to snorkeling are displayed in the chart below.

Snorkeling Services In Christiansted
Name Type Phone Location
Cane Bay Christiansted Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (340) 718-9913 Downtown Christiansted
Caribbean Sea Adventures Snorkeling Tour Operator (340) 773-2628 Downtown Christiansted
Caribbean Sea Adventures Snorkeling Tour Operator (340) 773-2628 Downtown Christiansted
St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventure Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (340) 773-5994 Downtown Christiansted

For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.

Whether snorkeling is a sport you know in love or one you've been interested in trying out, you'll find Christiansted to be an excellent place to pull on your snorkel, mask, and fins and explore the wondrous world of the Caribbean Sea. 

 

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