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 looking forward to experiencing below the water's surface 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 situated a short distance away East-Northeast of central Christiansted.

You can look through the following table for a listing of 7 of the most popular places where you can experience 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

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

If you want to snorkel during a boat trip, 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 worth investigating 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.

A third good 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.

Check the chart below to find out more about boat trip providers that provide 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 a business that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to check with Caribbean Sea Adventures. Explore the water-world just off the coast of Christiansted. You will be amazed at the diverse eco-system and colorful life that can be found just off this city. They are found within downtown Christiansted.

Another place that offers snorkeling related services is 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.

A third place to consider 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. They're located within downtown Christiansted.

Be sure to look at the chart below for a summary of 4 firms 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 concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read this 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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