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 enjoy visiting 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 minute to read the following table for summary info concerning 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 accessed away from the shore.

If you'd like 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 Jolly Roger Charters. Explore the vast waters surrounding St. Croix and see the lively ecosystem and thriving marine life that calls the reefs and uninhabited islands home. Jolly Roger Charters can take you on private excursions to some of the most remote spots for a day of adventure diving, snorkeling, and hiking, or a day of relaxing while gently rocking on the boat. They're located in downtown Christiansted.

Still another option is Bilinda Charters. Luncheon day sails, half day cruises, and sunset cruises are the excursions offered by Captain Dee. However, she also offers a Discover Sailing course in which she teaches basic sailing facts and theory.

Take some time to look through the table below to learn more about boat trip providers that offer snorkeling opportunities.

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 someone offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to contact Caribbean Sea Adventures. Snorkeling trips leave daily from the waterfront near the Christiansted National Historic Site offering full and half day visits to Buck Island Reef and Turtle Beach. They are situated in downtown Christiansted.

A second place worth knowing about is St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventure. If you're traveling with a diver and don't want to be left out of the fun, you're in luck. This popular SCUBA center offers snorkelers the chance to ride along at a discounted rate.

A third company worth contacting is Cane Bay Christiansted. One of several locations on the island, this shop not only allows you rent your snorkel gear and purchase a few souvenirs, but sign up a unique snorkeling tour as well. They're found in downtown Christiansted.

Look through the table just below for a summary of 4 companies that provide snorkeling related services.

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

To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out our exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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